There is a common misconception that a person with disability will require much more attention and resources from their employer. Misunderstanding and lack of awareness has contributed to the stigma that people with disability are a liability to their employer, rather than a valuable team player.

Research states that these perceptions do not match reality. Let’s explore the facts:

  • Employing people with disability enhances an organisation’s image in the community. [2]
  • People with disability build strong and enduring connections with clients.
  • People with disability are personable and support workplace moral and teamwork.
  • People with disability generally take less sick leave and have a high retention rate.
  • Employment costs for people with disability can actually be lower than other employees.[3]
  • On average, people with disability have lower workers compensation costs. [4]
  • In the right role people with disability are as productive and perform tasks as well as other employees.

Disability Employment Services like CHESS support people living with disability or mental illness to access pathways to employment. On the other side of the coin we also provide a free service to local business owners to help them recruit, train and retain employees. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Professional recruitment advice – helping you find the candidate for your organisation.
  • Wage Subsidies & Workplace Funding – helping you to assess your eligibility for generous wage subsidies and workplace modification funding.
  • Job design – assisting you to craft roles that provide for the unique requirements of your staff
  • On the job support – helping your staff settle into their new role
  • Disability awareness training – providing information to your organisation to foster a socially inclusive workplace
  • Ongoing Support – assisting employers or employees who require support to maintain employment

People living with disability and mental illness are in our workforce right now performing roles in a variety of industries. These are successful and highly intelligent people who are dedicated to their chosen vocations. With the assistance of their family, peers and support workers, people with disability

or mental illness are able to contribute to their community in a positive way and lead independent and socially inclusive lives.

If you’re a local business operating in the Mid North Coast or Clarence Valley you may be eligible to access this free employment service. Contact us now to discuss your organisational needs

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[2] https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/employers/benefits-employing-people-with-disability
[3] Graffam, J, Shinkfield, A, Smith, K, and Polzin, U 2002, ‘Employer benefits and costs of employing a person with a disability’, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol. 17, pp. 251-263.
[4] Graffam, J, Shinkfield, A, Smith, K, and Polzin, U 2002, ‘Employer benefits and costs of employing a person with a disability’, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol. 17, pp. 251-263.

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