Myths of the work place

Hi there, so I scanned another old document, one that I’ve had for ages;it is about Persons with Disabilities and the work they do. There is no date on the paper, but I’m surmising it is early to mid 1990s, so some of the wording is archaic, and stereotypical; sorry about that. Any comments? Let ‘em rip!


Myths, Disability and the Work Place

Myth #1: Only a tiny percentage of the Canadian population has some sort of disability.
Fact: 2.3 million Canadians between 15 and 64 years of age have disabilities. People with disabilities represent 13 percent of the working age population.

Myth #2: Employees with disabilities cannot or do not work as hard as employees without disabilities.
Fact: According to a 1987 Louis Harris and Associates survey of 920 American (managers?), the majority of managers (79%) surveyed said that their employees with disabilities work as hard as (33%) or harder (46%) than their employees without disabilities.

Myth #3: Employees with disabilities are not as productive as employees without disabilities.
Fact: The Harris study also revealed that employees with disabilities have about the same (57%) or better (20%) productivity than employees without disabilities. 90% were rated average or above average in performance of job duties.

Myth #4: Employees with disabilities are more difficult to supervise than employees without disabilities.
Fact: The Harris study also reveal that 82% of managers found employees with disabilities no more difficult to supervise than employees without disabilities.

Myth #5: Accessibility and accommodations are expensive and a waste of time.
Fact: Accessibility makes good business sense, as more and more
employers and business owners are discovering. Making your office or building accessible allows you to broaden your range of customers and of potential employees who can make valuable contributions to your company. As for job accommodations, they are less expensive and a lot easier to set up than employers expect. There are also many sources of expertise available to help you through the process. (Not to mention the federal government giving companies tax breaks et al to accommodate.)

Myth #6: There is a lot you have to learn before you can be truly sensitive and aware around a person with a disability.
Fact: It is easy to show awareness. Start avoiding stereotypes and
remember to deal with each person as an individual. Just listen to your common sense. That’s all it takes. Treat a person with a disability the way you would want to be treated. Don’t single out the disability – consider the person first, before the disability. Don’t make assumptions in advance about the person’s abilities. Just keep an open mind!

Myth #7: People with disabilities are different.
Fact: People with disabilities are no more different than anyone else. They are unique individuals – as are people without disabilities – but they also have the similarities that we share, which make us human. Remember, anyone can have a disability, and statistics show that you or someone close to you are likely, at some point in life, to have a disability.

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I believe I picked this up at a employment fair early 1990s, it is clearly Canadian, because the first myth talks about Canadians with disabilities, then it cites research project done in America; like come on! You mean to tell me, that in 1992 there was no credible research done on Persons with Disabilities in the work force? I am sure there is, now, a large breadth of research on this topic, done by Canadians, for Canadians. Go forth and find it! Let me know what you found!

I also want to update the figure mentioned in the first myth: 2.3 million Canadians with a disability is so very 90s! The current figure is 6.2 million Canadians have some sort of disability, which accounts to 22% of population.

And, finally, I want to comment on the second myth, the one about persons with disabilities working harder than able-bodied employees. Why do you think Kelly, a paraplegic, works harder than Dylan, an able-bodied person?

Let me hear your answers, but for mine, you need to read tomorrow’s blog!

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