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Here are four ways employers can make workplaces more accessible and friendly for wheelchair users: Make workstation arrangements with your employee before their first day in the office. Have a conversation with a new employee about the layout of the workspace, including details about the height of the desk, before their first day on the job. Although standing desks are becoming increasingly popular at workplaces for...
Many people may recall looking for our first job as a teenager or young adult and the angst it may have caused. Visiting neighborhood businesses to ask if they were hiring could be intimidating. Interviews brought stress, and even once a job was secured, there was apprehension for the first day on the job. “Would I do well?” “How would my coworkers treat me?” “What would my boss be like?” How many 17 or...
Cristian Rogers is a 19-year-old man with Down syndrome living in Johns Creek, Georgia. After graduating from high school, Rogers began working at his local Hilton Garden Inn in June 2018. He folds towels and bedsheets; organizes stockrooms and closets; and helps out in other parts of the hotel in a pinch. For instance, when the hotel lobby got very busy one morning, he was asked to jump in to assist with cleaning and bussing...
For a graduate student, the job market is an intimidating space full of uncertainty. Add to that a disability, and the navigation of the professional world becomes even more daunting. From simple validation to the more complex navigation of identifying positions, interviewing and networking, individuals with disabilities face distinct challenges. That’s why the two of us -- Allison, a doctoral student with a disability, and Brian,...
This article was written by an external contributor as guide for any disabled graduates who are hunting for a new job.  Let’s be honest, the education system wasn’t built with disabled people in mind. That said, every year countless disabled students graduate and embark on successful careers in the industry of their choice. Nearing the completion of your studies and thinking about work can feel overwhelming. So, here are...
Many disabled students experience a sudden drop-off in support during the time between graduating from university and entering the workplace.   Holly Tuke, 23, a recent graduate who is registered as blind, went to her university careers service in her second year to get advice on finding a job. They recommended she apply for work as a bus driver – work she couldn’t do. “It was frustrating because they clearly...
  Make It Right Movement (MIRM) promotes workforce inclusivity via Special Jobs, a job portal specifically catered for Persons With Disabilities (PWD) jobseekers and corporations keen to employ PWD into their workforce. Bi-monthly Dialogue Sessions are held to provide advise and feedbacks to interested corporates on how to make their office a more disabled-friendly place and advantages of having PWD in their workplace. Mr Brian...
LETTER : There are 488,948 registered persons with disabilities (PWDs) up to October 2018, which translates to 1.53 per cent of Malaysia's population, according to the Department of Social Welfare (JKM), As for employment, the number of PWDs working in 2018 was 0.003 per cent in the public sector and 0.001 per cent in the private sector, according to reports quoting Challenges Foundation president Mary Chen. As the gap between the...
It has not been easy for Sharon Lee, 60, single mother of a child with special needs, these last few years. Lee set up the Tender Hearts Cafe in Subang Jaya, Selangor, in April 2018 to offer skills training and job opportunities for special needs youths aged 17 and above who have completed their special or secondary education. The following month, at the end of May, Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer. After completing her...
To cope with the first movement control order (MCO) in March, Bake with Dignity – a social enterprise that provides paid employment for people with learning disabilities – sold vouchers in order to secure some income for rent and salaries. “The team decided to sell vouchers that could be redeemed for baked goods and savoury foods later,” said Pang Hin Yue, job coach and supervisor in charge of kitchen operations....
Grace Strobel has been making waves in the fashion industry for several years as a model, with her stunning photos seen around America and the world. She's quickly becoming a household name, as people learn about the 24-year-old who has Down Syndrome, from her appearances on local and national television and in the media.  This year, Strobel, from St. Louis, Missouri, was asked to participate in a campaign that fell close to her and...
Muhammad Salim Harmanain has a law degree and completed his chambering four years ago which in itself is a huge achievement for him considering that he is a wheelchair user and only his left hand is fully functional. However, he is forced to put aside his ambition of working as a lawyer simply due to the lack of facilities for people with disabilities (OKU) in workplaces. For five years, Muhammad Salim, 29, who has triplegia cerebral...