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It's a sad reality, but there are employers who—whether through previous experience or simple discrimination—hold misconceptions about people with disabilities. Don't get bummed. Instead, go all Jamie Hyneman on their asses by tackling these common myths in your job search.
Myth: Hiring people with disabilities costs too much.
False. According to the Ontario Disability Employment network, two-thirds of workplace accommodations cost less than $500. Meaning that, no, employers needn’t call in Mike Holmes for an office reno.
Myth: People with disabilities don't possess the education to compete in the job market.
Not true. According to a Human Resources Development Canada report, roughly 49 percent of people with disabilities possessed a high-school education or less—the national average, on the other hand, is at 43 per cent. Meanwhile, 13 percent of PWD complete post-secondary degrees.
Myth: Workers with disabilities take more sick days.
Say what? According to a 2007 study conducted by RBC, 86 percent of disabled workers possessed better-than-average attendance scores. Consider this myth bunksauce.
Myth: Turnover is higher for workers with disabilities.
Pshaw. Staff retention for PWD, according to RBC, was actually higher-than-average for 72 percent of disabled workers.