Like all employees, people with disability can bring a range of skills, talents and abilities to the workplace, working in all sorts of jobs, many holding tertiary and trade qualifications.
Everyone has different levels of contact with people with disability. As a result, you may be concerned that you will embarrass yourself or a co-worker with disability by saying or doing the wrong thing. This can lead to uneasiness for both you and your co-worker.
If you have not previously worked with someone with disability then the following resources are available to assist you:
Provides interesting facts on disability, including a general definition on disability and disability types.
People with disability can be successful in all areas of the workforce.
This practical guide will help you communicate effectively with your co-workers with disability.
If you have any concerns or questions about working with people with disability or would like some tips on things to consider, this guide is for you.
When someone new starts at work, they’re usually on a steep learning curve. A mentoring or buddy program can help them ease into the job.
This guide will help give you a better understanding of things like work health and safety, discrimination and privacy.
You can talk to a JobAccess Adviser for free advice on any of the issues above. Call them on 1800 464 800 or contact them online: