Labor Inclusion Day was celebrated last February 27 to commemorate people with disabilities who want to enter the labor market.
Since we all deserve the same opportunities, the UANL Center for Innovation and Resources for Inclusion (CIRI) cooperates with different organizations to ensure the participation of disabled people in the labor market.
“People tend to discriminate based merely on physical aspects, they fail to directly see the potential and abilities that people with disabilities could have in a company,”CIRI’s Labor Inclusion Manager Victor Becerra stated.
“Prejudice, misconceptions, and countless myths lead to the exclusion of disabled people from open and diverse workplaces,” he added.
“After mentioning we have a disability they say their facilities are not the best ones for us, when they hear the word disability they think of motor disability, that we are on a wheelchair. They do not know there are different types of disabilities”.
“In the first interview I had they told me they could not hire someone with a disability because it may be contagious. They thought my disability was a disease that could spread around” Becerra Salas explained.
According to the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI by its Spanish acronym) there are 7 million 2 thousand people with disabilities in Mexico. And in Nuevo Leon 290 thousand people have one or more sensory, motor or learning limitations. But, did you know that 83 people out of 100 that has a disability they acquire it due to an accident, disease or because of old age?
“Anyone can acquire a disability and it can be either momentary or permanent,” said Victor Becerra.
Upon 2014, disabled people between 15 and more show a rate of economic participation of 39.1 %, its means that 25.6% below for people without disability. Victor Becerra has employed more than 190 disabled people in some companies.
He mentioned that the key is to make changes in the company policies and thus the guidelines and behaviors will change in favor of inclusion.
“Little by little companies are learning about inclusion and in some point current employees can acquire a disability and they will need universal accessibility standards”.
“Once your employee obtain the necessary tools to work, coworkers will be aware of what inclusion is” said Victor Becerra.
SMEs more inclusive
Victor Becerra, manager of inclusion at CIRI, said that the last year he reached 300 enterprises out of 22,000 that exists in Nuevo Leon, to integrate disabled people into the labor market.
Out of 300 enterprises in the State, 20 answered back, and only 5 agreed to integrate disabled people.
“Those who said yes, were SMEs interested and concerned about disabled people”, said Becerra Salas.
In the State, only 50 private enterprises out of 22,000 are considered to be inclusive places to work.
By: Blanca Medina Viezca
Date: February 27, 2017
Photo: Center for Innovation and Resources for Inclusion