Australian Paralympic Dylan Alcott has launched a new campaign to help Australians with disabilities find gainful employment.
The Remove the Barrier campaign was launched this week as part of the Dylan Alcott Foundation to raise awareness of high rates of unemployment among people with disability and encourage Australians to remove the visible and invisible barriers that prevent people with disability finding work.
Speaking to the ABC’s Hack program, Alcott said people think it’s going to be hard to hire someone with a disability but it’s not.
“One of the hardest things to overcome is the barriers that you can’t see,” he said. “Those invisible barriers and things like unconscious bias and discrimination. You can’t see unconscious bias but I promise you, as someone who’s faced it, you can feel it. We want to show organisations across the country how easy it is to remove those barriers and give people with disabilities the opportunity they deserve.”
According to statistics on the Remove the Barrier website, 66 per cent of organisations who employ people with disability identify positive benefits and 90 per cent of employees with disability record productivity rates equal or greater than other workers. However, only 54 per cent of the 4.5 million people with disability have a job in Australia.
Elly Desmarchelier, a 26 year old communications professional who has cerebral palsy, is part of the Remove the Barrier team.
Today, my friends and I are very proud to announce the launch our awareness campaign called #removethebarrier People with disabilities spend their whole lives overcoming barriers, but there’s one that is tough to get past without everyone’s help – and that’s getting a job. That’s why the Dylan Alcott Foundation has launched Remove the barrier, to raise awareness of high rates of unemployment among people with disability and encourage all Australians to remove the visible and invisible barriers that prevent people with disability finding work. People with disability have high productivity rates, lower absenteeism than able bodied people and higher retention rates, yet only 54% of the 4.5 million people with disability have a job in this country. Let’s try and change that together. We want people to share this campaign online, at work and on your socials using the hashtag #removethebarrier and show your support but also tell the world of positive stories of people with disability kicking arse in the workplace (pardon the pun 😉) This is just the start. Please share the video! xx
Posted by Dylan Alcott on Tuesday, 23 July 2019
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