the disabled: A good management decision
can reap immense benefits by providing necessary tools for
those with special needs, thus turning disabilities into
2000, a study by the U.S. Department of Labour has revealed
that in this millennium, 85% of new additions to the work
force will represent a diversity of race, culture or
national origin. In order to meet these challenges,
employers will have to learn to value diversity and hire
employees from non-traditional sources. They can find a pool
of qualified, motivated employees among people with
35 years, surveys have consistently shown that DuPont
employees with disabilities equal or exceed their co-workers
without disabilities in terms of job performance, attendance
and safety commitment. The President’s Committee on
Employment of People with Disabilities named DuPont,
‘Larger Employer of the Year for People with Disabilities’
DuPont believes that people with disabilities
are a valuable resource, which can help meet the challenges
of “Workforce 2000” and maintain the diversity they need in
their work force to achieve a competitive edge.
accommodations DuPont makes for employees with
disabilities span the simple - eliminating the
responsibility for lifting heavy objects from the job duties
of a person with back problems, to the high-tech --
installing a computer that can ‘talk’ to a person who is
blind. By simply adjusting job duties, DuPont has
been able to accommodate many specific disabilities and most
accommodations have been inexpensive and easy to make. For
instance, job training a mentally challenged employee may
require a slightly longer training cycle or a sign language
interpreter may be needed temporarily to facilitate training
an employee who is deaf.
DuPont, a variety of facility modifications have been
made which range from ramps and raised decks to electric
chair lifts and Braille elevator control panels. Equipment
purchases include, talking clocks for the blind and light
touch typewriters for the employees who have arthritis. In
all phases of employment DuPont creates an
environment in which employees with disabilities can do
their jobs comfortably, safely and effectively.
DuPont recognises that the contributions of people
with disabilities far outweigh the cost of the
accommodations the company incurs.
can’t always afford to accommodate disabled persons in their
offices, but they can accommodate their ability to work from
a remote location. In today’s increasingly high-tech world,
where many fear their jobs will be replaced by automation,
people with disabilities realise that technology gives them
hope for a better tomorrow. Today there are more devices to
aid the hearing-, visually- and mobility- impaired
employees. Often all that is needed is a minor modification.
wide range of hardware and software is available for the
computer user, which addresses the needs for a variety of
disabilities. Some examples:
the hearing impaired: speech amplification devices in
specially made telephones, flashing lights in place of
ringers and vibrating beepers.
the mobility impaired: hands-free infrared pointing
devices consisting of a receiver, a reflector and software
that can be used in place of a keyboard for those who are
unable to use their arms.
the visually impaired: special monitors, speech
synthesisers and electronic Braille devices.
mandate to include the disabled is simply a good business
practice. It opens doors for the best people to be a part of
the company. By providing the necessary tools for people
with special needs, disabilities become invisible and the
company surge ahead.