A new study by The Globe and Mail shows that car rental companies can help people with disabilities get the jobs they want in B.C. By hiring people who can walk, talk and talk fast, they can help to increase accessibility and reduce barriers to entry.
But there are also plenty of barriers to employment, including financial and health needs, as well as barriers to hiring.
To address these issues, the study examined the employment records of people with disability and people with other disabilities from 2006 to 2013.
The results were striking: For people with physical impairments and those with disabilities who needed to use a wheelchair, car rental agencies were more than twice as likely to hire them as car rental stores.
For people who were deaf or hard of hearing, the gap between car rental and retail workers was even wider.
And in general, people with intellectual impairments, including autism, were more likely to be hired than people who had no impairment at all.
The study also found that car-rental companies were far more likely than their retail counterparts to hire people with hearing and sight impairments.
What’s more, these barriers to the workplace were often worse than the barriers faced by people with all other disabilities.
“We’re really finding that the barriers to work, whether it’s accessibility, barriers to mobility, health issues or even the lack of the workforce, are much higher for people with mental health issues,” said Dr. Christine Baskin, a co-author of the study and professor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Disability Studies.
“There are a lot of barriers that people with these issues face that have to be addressed.”
A study published last month in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that people who are blind or visually impaired often face higher barriers to obtaining jobs than people with speech or language impairments or those with any other impairment.
For example, people who have hearing and vision impairments may have difficulty communicating, and they often have trouble finding an office that accepts their disability, according to a study published in December in the American Journal of Rehabilitation.
The new study was based on data from the B.A.T.E. Survey, which includes information on job search, employment, health, housing and social services, and more.
The survey was developed in partnership with the University, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ontario Disability Support Program, and it includes information about employment in every province and territory. The B.