LESS THAN 25% OF HOUSEHOLDS WITH DISABLED FAMILY MEMBERS MANAGE TO GET JOBS

Families with disabled members (which makes up about 25% of all families) often struggle to find jobs, holding a very low employment rate. Despite the ever-high expectations currently demanded by the private sector, some companies seek talent where others usually do not, as it is in Arbusta’s case.

“Sometimes, when I take the subway, some kind person helps me down the stairs and is surprised because I actually don’t need his assistance. I wonder what he would say if he saw me changing my baby’s diapers” said Mirna Gamarra on December 3rd (the International Day of People with Disability), during the 4th International Day of Diversity and Inclusion, organized by Torcuato Di Tella University’s Diversity Business Network (RED).

According to her CV, Gamarra states:”Despite being blind, I am an independent woman able to easily adapt to work environments; I am always eager to learn.” An accurate self-description,  her work experience includes acting, “In Good Hands” cooperative co-founder and president, and web accessibility tester at Arbusta.

PREJUDICES WHEN LOOKING FOR A JOB

 A survey carried out by Adecco, responded by representatives of 1100 Argentine companies, shows that 9 out of 10 believe disabled individuals do not have the same job opportunities as the rest of the population. 59% responded that they hire staff with disabilities and 41%, that they do not. Out of this last 41%, 56.75% claim that “the issue was never raised” and that they lack appropriate infrastructure.

The national report on disabled individuals, prepared by Indec in 2018, showed that 10.2% of the population (over 6 years of age) possesses some type of difficulty, and that 25% of all families have at least one disabled member. 

In terms of labor indicators, the current unemployment rate regarding the economically active population is 10.3%, and the inactivity rate is at 64.1%. Among the inactive are those who no longer look for work because they have given up searching.

The word disability is often misunderstood, given that people usually associate it with the opposite of capable. As a result, experts now encourage people to use the term “visual, hearing, or motor disability” as to assure that a specific lack of ability does not affect work performance and excellence.

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