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Many different things motivate people with a serious disability to work. Financial need, vocation and the need to feel useful are just some of them. Plus, they contribute to society and help normalise the figure of people with disabilities in the workforce. The world is full of workers with serious disabilities who, despite their handicaps, stand out in all professions and types of companies.

 

working with a serious disability

 

"Society can't stand to lose the great capacities people with disabilities contribute to the workforce", explains Javier de Oña (quadriplegic, Barcelona), deputy director of the Fundación DKV Integralia. This non-profit foundation, which was created in 1999 to train and foster social and labour integration of people with disabilities, has opened many doors for people with disabilities and opened eyes at many companies. Javier de Oña himself is quadriplegic and in addition to being deputy director of the foundation, he's also director of operations for their eight centres in Spain.

«Society can't stand to lose the great capacities people with disabilities contribute to the workforce.»

 

working with a serious disability

 

In addition to financial need, the most common reasons people with disabilities look for a job are to feel useful and fulfilled, to integrate socially, to contribute to society and to follow their vocation. "Working is a key part of normalising your life," explains V.E., a neurologist with a disability. She is extremely driven and can't imagine life without her profession, despite the fact that her disability puts some limits on her work. However, that same disability has given her the capacity to better understand her patients and the complications of a spinal injury. Bàrbara Vidal (paraplegic, Barcelona) is a project manager in the IT department at Institut Guttmann and defends the idea that absolutely everyone, regardless of their physical or mental condition, deserves a dignified job.

«Working is a key part of normalising your life.»

 

working with a serious disability

 

José Miguel Avellà (quadriplegic, Alicante) is the manager of Trans-Avellá SA, a transport company he founded before the accident that left him in a wheelchair. He is a great example of how it is possible to be a successful businessperson with or without a disability. Nothing has stopped him from continuing at the helm of the company every day with the same drive.

The same can be said of Stuart Dunne (quadriplegic, UK), owner of Cyclone Technologies, our partner in the United Kingdom. Stuart decided to set up a company specialising in innovative technical aids as a result of his disability. The company's slogan "Trust us, we understand" perfectly defines their best tool of the trade: empathy.

The history of Cyclone Technologies and Batec Mobility are quite similar. Both Stuart Dunne (quadriplegic, UK) and Pau Bach (quadriplegic, Barcelona), inventor of the Batec handbikes and founder of Batec Mobility, are committed to products that help improve quality of life for people in wheelchairs, but they also hire people with physical disabilities for key positions in the company.

«The slogan of Cyclone Technologies, "Trust us, we understand" perfectly defines their best tool of the trade: empathy.»

 

working with a serious disability

 

Nevertheless, it is clear that the employment rate among people with severe disabilities is low. Some factors that explain this include fewer jobs available, lack of recycling among some people with severe disabilities when they can no longer work in their previous profession, prejudices regarding poor performance caused by companies' lack of awareness of those with disabilities, the comfort of living with a pension and the fear people with severe disabilities may have of pushing their limits.

«Absolutely everyone, regardless of their physical or mental condition, deserves a dignified job.»

 

 

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