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Working with people with disabilities - what you need to know

People with disabilities may have an impairment, limitation or restriction to their mental, mobility or sensory functions.

Disability can be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent and total or partial. The most important thing you need to know about working with a person with a disability is everyone is capable of work.
When working with a person with disability, it’s important to focus on the person first (not their disability) and treat each person as a unique individual.

Most people with disabilities are experts in their own needs and abilities. Below is an overview of some of the most common disabilities and how they can impact a person’s functioning at work.
Autism
Complex co-existing conditions
Intellectual disability
Learning disability
Mental health conditions
Neurological (such as acquired brain injury)
Physical disability
Sensory disability
Substance abuse

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