Disabilities Can Become Abilities in The Workforce, Expert Says

FILE - In this Monday, June 19, 2017, photo, a person types on a laptop keyboard, in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

FILE - In this Monday, June 19, 2017, photo, a person types on a laptop keyboard, in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Hiring people living with what are often termed “disabilities” isn’t just the right thing to do, says Mark Patterson with Ryerson University. It will also bring those organizations special skills – pointing to a financial services organization that recently hired people on the autism spectrum to help fight money laundering.

“It’s a situation where the actual disability has become an ability and they’re finding things that experts in the field and algorithms, cybersecurity and AI weren’t picking up,” he says.

There also has to be an effort to provide training and the possibility of advancing to other roles. But when that happen, he says, organizations are rewarded . . .

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