The AXS•ERT™ and EARN™ Program were designed to highlight businesses that have taken steps to eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities; EARN™ is the AXS•ERT™ community's rallying call! If people are included they contribute, but if they're excluded they don't... they can't. If the person who is included has an idea that can help the world, cure a disease, or inspire others... then we all win! Thank you for being part of the solution!
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT:
Employment is not only a source of income but also a means to identity, independence, participation, health, and social well-being for all individuals. Yet, many individuals living with disabilities worldwide face barriers to meaningful and gainful employment and live under the poverty line [1–3]. Previous research suggests that individuals with disabilities are less likely to find employment than individuals without disabilities, despite similar age and educational attainment . Available estimates from the Canadian Survey on Disability of 2017 indicated that the employment rates (including both full- and part-time employment) for approximately 6 million Canadians aged 15 and over who have one or more disabilities is 59% compared to an 80% employment rate for those without disabilities . Similarly, the Canadian time-use survey indicated that individuals with disabilities spend 60–100 minutes less time in competitive jobs or paid employment while spending more time in household work (18–20 minutes more) per day. (Excerpt from Employment outcomes and experiences of people with seeing disability in Canada: An analysis of the Canadian Survey on Disability 2017)
Check out some of these interesting facts from a 2014 study by Martin Turcotte: • In 2011, the employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities was 49%, compared with 79% for Canadians without a disability. • The employment rate among persons aged 25 to 64 with a mild disability was 68%, compared with 54% of those with a moderate disability, 42% of persons with a severe disability and 26% among those with a very severe disability. • The difference in employment rates between persons with disabilities and those without a disability was lower among university graduates. This difference was non-significant in the case of university graduates who had a mild or moderate disability. • Approximately 1 in 2 university graduates, with or without a disability, held a professional occupation. However, graduates with a disability were less likely to hold a management position and earned less than those without a disability, especially among men. • Among Canadians with a disability, 12% reported having been refused a job in the previous five years as a result of their condition. The percentage was 33% among 25- to 34-year-olds with a severe or very severe disability.
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