Rethinking Disability in the Private Sector

Report from the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (2013)

This report from the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities is the result of consultations with 200 employers on their experiences in recruiting and employing people with disabilities. It examines the advantages, as well as the struggles, that exist in doing so, and includes practical advice from actual employers who are working to change perceptions about individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

The report includes some myths and realities about employees with disabilities, such as the myth that “workers with disabilities do not perform well and require extra supervision.” It also includes inspiring stories from companies that have accommodated employees with disabilities. While there can be challenges and a need for accommodations when employing individuals with disabilities, this report effectively exemplifies the many positive outcomes from doing so. There is also guidance on how to hire individuals with disabilities, and how to help these individuals to be as effective as possible in their jobs, as well as a list of how to get started.

To read this document, visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website and view the PDF.