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Keith Stiles
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"A career in iT has opened so many doors for me. I got into it strictly for the income potential, but have sin..."

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Supporting People with Disabilities

When Equal Opportunity Publications asked readers of CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine to name the employers for whom they would most like to work or that they believe would provide a progressive environment for people with disabilities, technology companies won more than 25% of the spots on their Top 50 Employers of 2008 list. These included respected organizations such as Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

For persons with disabilities, the iT sector offers attractive and rewarding career opportunities for a number of reasons:

  • With the current shortage of skilled technology professionals, iT employers are ready to welcome trained persons with disabilities to fill positions with their organizations. These firms often provide accommodations to make both the hiring process and the day-to-day work experience comfortable for individuals with disabilities, including access to assistive technologies or flexible work arrangements.
  • With the possibility of online study or ever-improving accessibility at colleges and universities across Canada, persons with disabilities have increased access to study and attain the technical skills they need to obtain the required iT credentials.
  • Many iT career paths provide work environments that are well-suited to persons with disabilities or mobility challenges, whether that means working from home or within an accessible office or support centre.
  • Since technology can hold the key to improving accessibility to many services, including education and health care, persons with disabilities may discover ways to apply their own technical training to help develop the next generation of innovations, helping others gain improved independence, growth and opportunity.
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