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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...