DREN Capitalizing on CapABILITIES Blog

The advantages of making a workplace accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities are revealed day by day to the business community. The Durham Region Employment Network (DREN), a not-for-profit organization which aims to support employers improve job opportunities for people with disabilities, reinforces this notion on its website’s CapABILITIES Blog.

The CapABILITIES Blog is packed with industry news, articles, and reports that prove accessible businesses have a competitive angle to attract a diverse workforce. “Going above and beyond our expectations,” “A role model for the other employees.” These are just a couple of phrases enthusiastic Durham Region employers expound in a short video posted on the site. Representatives from corporations like The Royal Bank of Canada and Lakeridge Health explain just why they think hiring people with disabilities has a positive impact not only on their brand but also on their culture.  The video also interviews a selection of people who have been hired in the process who explain how the opportunity to have meaningful employment has changed their lives.

A Globe and Mail Article posted on the blog also reinforces the message. Working Wisdom – How workers with disabilities give companies an edge, says many companies find hidden advantages of hiring people with physical or mental disabilities. These employees are often more loyal and have longer tenures than their able-bodied counterparts, which in turn can save on training and absenteeism costs. As the average age of the population continues to rise, more and more people looking for jobs are likely to have some sort of disability. This being the case, companies should look to change their hiring practices to be more inclusive and create products and services which encompass the society they are part of.

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