Business Benefits of Accessible Workplaces

The Conference Board of Canada, 26 pages, June 2014
Briefing by Richard Brisbois
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People with disabilities are a talent pool often overlooked by employers and struggle to find employment. This brief examines the business benefits of accessible employment practices and outlines strategies and resources to help businesses develop accessible and inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities.

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People with disabilities are a large and growing percentage of the population. They are a talent pool often overlooked in the labour market and struggle to find meaningful employment. This briefing outlines the benefits of accessible employment practices, showing they are good for business and the bottom line. Such benefits include better job retention, higher attendance, lower turnover, enhanced job performance and work quality, better safety records, and a more innovative workforce.

Other direct and indirect benefits of accessible employment practices include access to this untapped labour pool and large consumer market, enhanced disability management, improved brand image, and broader community/societal benefits.

But there are still many barriers to making employment practices more accessible for people with disabilities, ranging from incorrect assumptions by employers and negative attitudes toward people with disabilities, as well as job application procedures that are often difficult for those with disabilities.

Strategies and resources to help employers make their employment practices accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities are outlined.

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