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Giving Companies An Edge

 

Rebbecca Employee with a disability at Tim Hortins

"Mark Wafer, has seen big benefits from hiring disabled people. He owns six Tim Hortons locations in the Toronto area and has hired more than 100 people with disabilities in the past two decades. These employees range from those with panic disorders to people who are deaf, blind, autistic or have Down syndrome. “There’s not a disability I haven’t hired and there’s not a position in my business that has not had somebody with a disability working in it,” he said.

Mr. Wafer began hiring people with disabilities because it seemed like the right thing to do – he has a hearing impairment and he understood the barriers to gaining employment. He soon realized he was hiring great workers. By the 1990s, he could see a clear business case for employing people with disabilities. “I didn’t consciously think, ‘Hey, I can make more money with this.’ I just realized that if I hire someone with a disability, they seem to work harder. It seemed to me it was a better fit,” he said."

Read the rest of this story about disability and employment at theglobeandmail.com and find out more about CACLs inclusive employment initiative on the Ready, Willing and Able website

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