There is strong business case for hiring people with disability. In terms of balance sheets there are real savings with employers experiencing reduced staff turnover and lower recruitment and retraining costs.
By employing someone with a disability, employers are building and retaining a team best reflects the community around them. Employees with a disability add value to teams by bringing a range of skills, talents and abilities that the traditional workforce may not have.
People with disabilities have a right to work and have the rights to enjoy equal rights and opportunities to participate in economic, social and cultural life; have choice over how they live their lives; and are enabled to reach their full potential.
The Equality Employment Acts 1998-2015 prohibit discrimination under nine grounds in employment, including vocational training and work experience.
Employers may not discriminate against employees or potential employees on the basis of any of the nine grounds, including disability. In the Employment Equality Acts the definition of discrimination focuses on whether a person has been treated less favourably in the workplace than another person in a similar situation on any of the nine grounds, including disability.