People with disabilities are hard to get educated and professionally trained to learn and work due to body limitations and social exclusions. Rebecca Yeo, a disability activist who defines disability as “a socially constructed phenomenon which largely constructed by nondisabled people (Rebecca)”. In her information graph about the relationship between disability and poverty, she points out that discrimination and marginalization can lead to low self-esteem, lack of social contacts and social exclusion and would ultimately form a vicious cycle that leads the end to poverty.
In Canada, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than 50% higher than for people without disabilities. In BC, the labor force participation rate of people with disabilities is 65%, which is much lower than the participation rate for those without a disability (79 %).
People may argue that this is due to lack of education, but interestingly, the completion rates for university, college and apprenticeship training in BC were higher than the Canadian average. According to the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, 90% of people with disabilities rate average or better on job performance than their non-disabled colleagues, 86% rate average or better on attendance and 98% rate average or better in work safety than their non-disabled colleagues. However, even though some were employed, the gap in earnings was largest among those aged 55 to 64 ($13,073E), slightly smaller for those aged 30 to 54 ($11,632), and smallest by far for those aged 15 to 29 ($2,222) (BC Stats).
In fact, according to the Labor Force report, fewer than 1 in 5 disabled persons required a job redesign, while most workplace accommodations required could involve relatively little cost and not require major changes to how the work is performed. People with disabilities can still contribute to the society and make good livings, but the bottom line is whether they were brave or confident enough to overcome their body limitations and social discrimination.
The aim of this project is to generate a social interactive campaign and website that inform the public the evil of labels imposed to people with special needs, and in the mean time, to show potential employers the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. The social interactive aspects of the site tends to turn social issues into business opportunities and eventually facilitates the employment rate of the minority group.