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Top 5 reasons to hire people with learning disabilities (other than the fact that it’s the right thing to do)

It’s Learning Disability Work Week! We here at How Do I are passionate about cutting away the barriers to employment for people with learning disabilities. We know it’s the right thing to do – everybody deserves the chance to share their talents with the world!

Having a job brings so many benefits to our lives. Check out our short YouTube video that we made with Mencap – you’ll hear from Tom from the HDI team but more importantly, you’ll hear from Eve, Josie and Vijay of Mencap speaking out about employment:

Big shout out to Ibrahim and team at Met Film School for the production of the video!

We also know that sometimes, businesses hold the bottom line above all else. That’s great news, because the business case for recruiting people with learning disabilities is strong.

  1. People with learning disabilities tend to stay longer in role, reducing staff turnover and associated recruitment and retention costs.
  2. Employees with learning disabilities are proven to taken fewer sick days and be more punctual than those without learning disabilities.
  3. Hiring people with learning disabilities will diversify your workforce and attract talent you hadn't considered before.
  4. Hiring people with learning disabilities proves to your community that you're interested in bettering the lives of the people living there, improving your reputation and giving you a competitive advantage over the rest.
  5. Staff morale is higher in teams with members with learning disabilities.

Check out our handy infographic - and please share it far and wide:

#LDWorkWeek x #DontDisMyAbility

#LDWorkWeek x #DontDisMyAbility

Only 6% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment. This incredibly low figure needs to drastically improve. We at How Do I have started #DontDisMyAbility to showcase the positives of hiring people with additional needs. We want to highlight peoples' strengths and focus on what people can do, rather than what they might struggle with.

We want to hear your success stories and include you in our campaign. Whether you are an employer employing people with learning disabilities, or an employee wanting to tell us what having a job means to you, please check out our new employment microsite or get in touch!

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