What You Need to Understand about Employing the Physically Disabled
posted on December 1, 2017
“I was born with Cerebral Palsy, and while I walk differently and speak a little slowly, my cognitive functioning is not impaired in the slightest.” – Justin Farley, FastCompany.com
Cerebral Palsy causes shakiness, it impacts speech, and other symptoms make walking in large crowds a difficult task. “Certainly, I have my limits, but I can find a solution or alternative way to do just about every task in my life,” says Farley.
He says, “Perhaps the hardest thing, though, is that living with a disability means also living with the assumptions people make about you: In my case, people usually assume a physical disability automatically equates to severe cognitive disability.”
Growing up, Farley knew he would face challenges finding a suitable, and understanding employer, so therefore he felt his best option was to be self-employed. “Having started my own company, I need to hire employees, and I want to make sure I am as accommodating for others as I am for myself.” Farley says if he had not pursued his dream of entrepreneurship, there is specific criteria that he would have looked for in an employer. “There are certain things to look for in a company when living with a physical disability, and there are definitely characteristics to consider in an employee that has a physical disability. For the most part, though, it is as much about fit as with any job candidate.”
To read the entire article about what you need to know when hiring someone with a physical disability, click here.
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