Biased practices based on discrimination associated with factors like gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, and more, have always existed in the process of recruitment. While some of these have been taken care of, others, like disability, tend to persist. Thus, one of the most disheartening facts about the corporate world is associated with the unwillingness of employers to offer jobs to the disabled – more than double the people having a disability are unemployed as compared to those without. Whether it is hearing, vision, or learning disability, people with impairments find it very difficult to find job acceptances. And in today’s world, how can someone survive without earning?
As a matter of fact, numerous elements drive this disparity, such as lesser disabled individuals graduating and prejudiced hiring procedures. Not to mention, the pandemic worsened the gap as the disabled got lesser options for working from home or remote and flexible jobs. One of the critical examples of such discrimination is that of a girl named Erin Willman. A 22-year-old with a vision impairment and autism, Willman was denied a job everywhere due to her disability. She explained, “People always see the glasses and the cane and immediately think what I’m unable to do.”