The universe is enormous enough to accommodate every living being on this planet, and also to give the means of surviving. In the eyes of universe everyone is equal, irrespective of age, caste, sex, or physical and mental disability. It’s us humans who have a hard time accepting people who are different than us, and 90% of the times its not even their fault. However, we are not here to talk about human bias exactly, but rather how people have consciously tried to throw that bias into the bin.
When we talk, hear or see specially abled people, the most common reaction is feeling sad or showing sympathy towards them. Sympathy is important; however, sympathy fails to awaken the feeling of empowering people.
That is why there are rights in our constitution which are handcrafted for specially abled people. One of them being, ‘Right to economic and social security, including the right to employment’. The good part is that this right isn’t succumbed to just being on papers, its actually applied in real life. Employers are realising that hiring people with disabilities is not just charity, and that people with disabilities have a lot to offer, once you try to look past their disabilities.
Here’s how companies from all around the globe are breaking stereotypes related to hiring specially abled employees:
In the 1940s, IBM brought a blind psychologist on board to develop a program for hiring and training disabled people. The company has a 40-person team responsible for making sure all IBM products comply with government-mandated accessibility standards and aids partner companies in using the technologies in their workforces. Managers at IBM also receive training about how to make workplaces maximally accessible.
IBM is the epitome of what we mentioned above, “employers are realising that hiring people with disabilities is not just charity”.
There are two sides of the coin, heads and tails, but in the case of hiring disabled people, the two sides can only be good and bad, and we can’t deny that it comes with a lot of responsibilities, which becomes the cause of challenges, below are a few challenges that organizations need to be prepared for when the hire specially abled candidates:
With society becoming more and more socially aware and responsible, people tend to deal more and more with companies who hire specially abled employees: There are many additional benefits too:
Some companies let go of these benefits because of their prejudices for specially abled people and ultimately lose out on talent as a person with a disability might turn out to be a better performer. If organizations can accept and trust a man-made AI for performing a task why not a accept and trust a fellow being who has mind, skills, as well as emotions. This is also a social responsibility which a company has to undertake. This will help society evolve and also improve the image of the organization.
While there is a long way to go in terms of the corporate world becoming truly inclusive but we take heart in seeing some green shoots in that direction.