A 2017 survey by Statistics Canada reported among employees with disabilities a third (33%) had not disclosed their disability to their employer.
This fear of facing discrimination and being “unhirable” with a disability ultimately comes down to uneducated employers, said Prince.
“They don’t think they’ve hired anyone before, or they don’t think they’ve got anyone currently on their staff, who has certain health conditions or physical or mental impairment. So, they’re just reluctant or unsure and lack confidence.” he added.
Heather Lamb, a spokesperson for Spinal Cord Injury BC seconded that point, explaining that disabled employees become an asset to a workplace rather than a liability when employers look past their assumptions.
“I think people see the inability first. They see what the person can’t do rather than the many, many, many more things that the person can do, and our workplace is a prime example of what can be done when the employer has the right attitude.”- Heather Lamb, B.C. Spinal Cord Injury BC spokesperson.