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Written by: S. Haarshini Job hunting and employment is no walk in the park for anyone, even for those with impressive resumes and backgrounds. However, the competitive job market combined with today’s fast-paced world, has made it especially difficult for people with disabilities to get employed. About 15% of the world’s population experience some form of disability. That is nearly one billion people. Unfortunately,...
You are a company, and wish to hire PWDs (persons with disabilities). But strangely, you find none of them applying! Take a step further to encourage them to join you.          Here are some tips where you can get the attention of PWDs in hiring them:   1) Add promotional messages and welcoming language The purpose is to shift someone away from thinking “it is not for me”. Here...
Are you a PWD/Marginalised community looking for a decent job opportunity: Requirements:  OKU Card holder (Preference will be given)  Above 18 years old  Have basic computer skills  Own a laptop  Willing to work remotely  Can converse in English    Kindly submit your latest CV/call   Mr Sashi Kumar- shashi.vr@gmail.com / 012 2535702 OR Mr...
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,...
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...
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...
Self-employment is something persons with disabilities (PWDs) could consider. The lack of employment opportunities notwithstanding, it may just pay off handsomely, as attested by Mohd Sukur Ibrahim, who hails from Sungai Udang in Melaka. Mohd Sukur is the recipient of numerous awards including Best Person With Disability (PWD) Award (Entrepreneur Category) at the National PWD celebration 2014 and Reader’s Digest Inspiring Asian...
A university degree is often perceived by undergraduates as the ticket to jobs with a steady income and promising career advancement. But with a competitive job market and unpredictable economic landscape, this is no longer the case. For graduates with disabilities, the situation is even more challenging. With an uncertain business climate, many organisations and companies prefer to employ graduates who they think can hit the ground...
These are some companies that hire people with disabilities, enabling them to contribute productively and be independent. McDonald’s Malaysia There are about 150 special needs employees working at McDonald’s Malaysia. Their work responsibilities include clearing tables, cleaning up the restaurant and working in the food production area. These individuals are hired based on their ability to communicate and understand simple...