It would be living in denial or even plain unfair if one says that the struggles of job hunt is the same for everyone. Let’s face it, the difficulties of finding a job is not the same for people with disabilities. While there are quite a few challenges, the biggest one is the stigma associated with differently abled people. Employers or people assume they’re incapable of performing tasks, leave alone the efficiency, which means they’re apprehensive to even give them a chance. This apprehension stems from lack of awareness about the tools available, incorrect perception and unwillingness to make the workplace more inclusive. But it is important to note that there are always exceptions. There are companies and organizations that are open to hiring people for their skillset and look beyond their disabilities. This means that you have to keep applying and not give up!
Job search can be daunting. How about getting some career advice or assistance from experts? We have listed 6 organizations or companies which we believe will be of great help to you in your job search. They are as follows:
i. CTalents : Ctalents supports young professionals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired in finding paid work, in the Netherlands. They act as a link between employers and job seekers with a sensory challenge.
ii. Scope : The disability equality charity in England and Wales, provides online and offline support to individuals applying for jobs. They are fighting to close the gap between the rate of employment of disabled people and non-disabled people.
iii. Visio : Is an organization, in the Netherlands, that disseminates information about being blind and partially sighted. Visio provides information and advice as well as different services related to research, counselling, rehabilitation, education and living. They also support individuals with their job search.
iv. EARN : The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), in the US, is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures. EARN assists employers through online support and a range of education and outreach activities.
v. Bartimeus : Is an expert organization, in the Netherlands, supports people with visual impairments to live life the way they want. They strive for a society in which everyone can participate and support them in their job hunt.
vi. Oogvereniging : The Eye Association, in the Netherlands, is committed to the interests of people with an eye condition and people with an eye condition in combination with a hearing impairment. They’ve details about employers, policies and agencies that help visually impaired people find jobs.
Envision is also doing its share to contribute to this and help build a more inclusive workplace and society at large. Envision, along with the city of The Hague is attempting to reduce the unemployment rate among visually impaired people. Hope this article is helpful when you are in the midst of searching for a job and need some guidance.