Research shows that hiring employees with disabilities offers benefits such as improving productivity and reducing employee turnover. Resources available to help Canadian accounting firms in hiring top-quality disabled employees include the Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities, the Job Opportunity Information Network, and the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.
Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities
The Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities is a nonprofit organization tailored to help you find skilled, disabled employees. The organization also constantly works to help employers find the best ways to include disabled workers in their roster and to advance careers within the company. The CAPD has the unique distinction of being staffed by professionals with disabilities, so its advice and assistance comes from professionals with personal experience working as disabled individuals. CAPD’s primary goals include increasing understanding and acceptance of workers with disabilities and encouraging disabled professionals to develop skills needed to find fulfilling permanent employment. You can post job openings on its website and contact the organization to help you find just the right employee.
Job Opportunity Information Network
The Job Opportunity Information Network, based in Ontario, is a great resource that connects employers with prospective disabled employees. JOIN is dedicated to matching disabled candidates with job opportunities that best fit their personal skill sets, and to helping employers like you connect with and choose the best employees for positions you’re looking to fill. You can post job openings on its website. JOIN also offers employers support and education regarding compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and ideal strategies to help include employees with disabilities working in various capacities at a firm.
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work aims to help disabled employees break into professional careers, hone their skills, and find positions that maximize their potential and effectiveness. At the same time, the Council is dedicated to helping you, as an employer, be financially and sociably responsible in the way you hire, utilize, and benefit from the disabled employees you add to the work team at your firm. You can post job openings at WORKink, CCRW’s online job listing portal, and use its Skills Training Partnership program to arrange pre-employment training for prospective employees. That can save you substantial time and money in training costs by having employees already trained in doing the specific job you’re hiring for before coming on board with your accounting firm.
Helping Disabled Employees by Using Adaptive Technology
When you take on an employee with disabilities, it’s your responsibility, and to your benefit, to make sure they have the tools they need to perform their job duties. Using adaptive hardware or software technology helps ensure that disabled employees can maximize their abilities and work effectively for you. For example, Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice-into-text software conversion program that enables employees with upper body disabilities to easily create or edit documents by speaking instead of typing. Disabled employees can use the program to quickly and easily perform tasks such as searching the internet, collecting data, creating content, and submitting projects. Employees with speech impairments can communicate clearly with Proloquo2Go, a program that reads a person’s typed work aloud for them. There is a wide range of adaptive technologies available to help accommodate virtually any disability.
Employees with disabilities are a large, often relatively untapped human resource that can be a great addition to the workforce at your accounting firm. Get the help you need in hiring such valuable employees by using one or more of the many organizations in Canada that help connect employers with disabled employees.