Volume 4 Issue 14 - July 15, 2006
New Code of Conduct to encourage firms to employ disabled people in Sri Lanka
D.N.I.S. News Network
Javed Abidi, Executive Director,
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People,
E.F.C. Director General Gotabaya Dasanayaka stated that the Federation believes they cannot afford to marginalise any section of the society, whatever be the reason. He said: Because when we marginalise people they are a burden to society, they are a burden to the government. We need to bring these marginalised societies into the economy. And there is no better way than employment.
Each year the E.F.C. holds a job fair for disabled people, where its members interview and hire them. Most employers expressed that far from being a burden, disabled people are more productive than other employees and also show more commitment.
The newly launched Code is voluntary and deals with ways employers can make small adjustments to make it easier for disabled people to work. Its actually a guideline that overlooks certain areas that any employer would look at when employing a disabled person from recruitment to retaining those employees, says Ashanthi Weerasinghe, M.A.S. Holdings, who helped compile the Code.
The E.F.C. hopes that companies will adopt the guidelines of the Code into their overall human resource policy and practices.
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