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What are the implications of employing a disabled person?
What does disability mean?

We all have images which spring to mind with the mention of this word, but disability covers such a wide range of conditions and manifestations that it is virtually impossible to make general observations.

The needs of an individual with dyslexia in the workplace are quite different from those of someone with visual impairment. Indeed even students with visual impairments vary from one needing nothing more than corrective glasses, to another needing computerised speech output systems.

Did you know that the majority of blind people can read 16 point print? This immediately challenges assumptions and images of what limitations a blind person will have.

They key fact is that each student and each disability must be assessed differently. For you, the employer, the main issue should be matching the right student to the right opportunity in your organisation.

There are many organisations which can provide you both with general help, and also with disability specific information and advice when employing someone with a disability.

Sources of help and information

The implications of the Disability Discrimination Act for employers

 

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