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Hiring the Very Able Disabled

In the normal course of keeping my finger on the pulse of all things recruiting, I came across a new booklet from the states (published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) in which leading US companies shared their best practices for hiring people with disabilities. That booklet also references a “Disability Toolkit” from Cornell University which is also filled with great info.

But there are great resources that are a bit closer to home. For example, Disability Employment Australia represents Disability Employment Service Providers who will help recruiters place people with disabilities free of charge. Disability Works Australia can help you with recruiting. Job Access, Australia Network on Disability and Disability Employment Australia are other great resources.

New Zealand’s Employers’ Disability Network also offers numerous useful publications, and the non-profit group EEO Trust offers information and support for employers seeking to hire the disabled.

As we all scramble to hire the “very best,” we all should remember that not only do the disabled have a lot to offer, but also that a wealth of free resources exist to help us hire them. And we should also remember that – heaven forbid – any one of us could become disabled at any time. So let’s all do our part.

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