National Accessibility Week will take place from May 30th to June 5th. According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, more than 6 million Canadians aged 15 and over (22% of the Canadian population) identify as having a disability, and the true numbers are likely higher. But only 59% of Canadians with disabilities, who are aged 25 to 64 are employed, compared to 80% of Canadians without disabilities. People with disabilities consistently face systemic barriers and discrimination when accessing employment. This can make it particularly challenging for them to succeed in job interviews. As companies shift much of their hiring, including job interviews, online, thanks to the pandemic, it is essential to reflect on how we can make interview processes more accessible and inclusive for everyone. 

tips to make your interview process more accessible
tips to make your interview process more accessible

As an employer, there are lots of ways you can tweak your job interviews to support a range of people with disabilities. When you make these changes to your interview process, you make it more accessible for everyone. You don’t need to wait for a person with accessibility concerns to walk into an interview to implement any of these changes. Taking steps now positions your company as an employer who cares about their employees and supporting diversity in all its forms.

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We also recently created a series of resources on accommodating candidates with Autism Spectrum Disorder. You can check out our guides on:

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