HR Lecture 6.docx - Disability at Work Joanne Oud Guest Speaker Something everyone will encounter Todays talk drawing on research based on people who

HR Lecture 6.docx - Disability at Work Joanne Oud Guest...

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Disability at Work Joanne Oud – Guest Speaker - Something everyone will encounter - Today’s talk drawing on research, based on people who work at University’s and other research. - 1 in 7 or 4.4 million people have a disability - 10% of University grads have a disability - Higher unemployment among people with disabilities - Tend to earn lower pay - And there’s a high rate of discrimination against people with disabilities. - The HRC has about 50% of cases surrounding disability discrimination What does disability look like? - It’s unclear – a lot of times you don’t know - Most disabilities are invisible - There’s a lot of misunderstanding around what disability is o Creates a lot of issues for people with disabilities Some examples of disabilities Arthritis (mobility, pain, fatigue), mental health / anxiety, hearing loss There’s a wide range of what can be considered as a disability There are a lot of other diabetes like chronic illnesses – disability is not a narrow thing Common reality - Workplace structures favour the able-bodied - This means that when we’re in the workplace, we are all assuming that everyone is able bodied. We assume that people are able bodied. The assumptions we have around the kind of work we do is based on the “able bodied assumption” Example Assumptions in librarian job - Siting, standing, walking, taking stairs, move between buildings, read print and screens, use a keyboard/mouse, write, hear and speak well, think and react quickly, interact socially, deal with conflict, stress, many deadlines, time pressures, long hours, organization, concentrate, multitask, learn quickly. - Some of the assumptions are challenging. So, if arthritic, sitting, standing, taking stairs, and working long hours can be challenging. - If you have anxiety issues: you might have issues with stress, deadlines, time pressures, focus, and concentration - If you have a hearing related disability: you might struggle in meetings, with hearing well and thinking and reacting quickly. It’s hard to be confident that you’ve heard everything that has gone on. Barriers: Physical
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- Elevators, bathrooms - Chairs – problem if you have a lot of pain - Background noise – this is a problem if you can’t hear well. It makes it hard to hear the thing you’re supposed to - No private space – this can be a problem if you have anxiety. This makes for a quiet and calm space to collect thoughts. This is a physical barrier. Barriers: Work Expectations - Inflexible thinking - Things need to be done a certain way o Thinking that if you can’t do things a certain way, you’re not doing it right o If you can be more flexible about how things are done, people have no problem doing the jobs i.e. if arthritic, maybe you just need to be able to sit for part of a lecture instead of standing o if social anxiety, might do short pre-recorded lectures online in advance, and then during the class, group discussions and activities.
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