Lots of people, when applying for jobs, hope the people doing the hiring can see them as people, instead of as assets that can deliver value for the company. For job seekers with disabilities or neurodivergence, it’s just the opposite—they wish that employers could see the real value they’ll bring to the business instead of just seeing the atypical applicant they’re interviewing.
So what happens when businesses make a business decision and hire these applicants? They’re often rewarded handsomely and there are many examples of employers who’ve done this. But how can the rest of Canadian employers learn to see these hires as a competitive advantage instead of an act of charity?
GUEST: Katie Lafferty, producer on Employable Me