Down syndrome is a genetic condition where an individual is born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. People with Down Syndrome typically experience some degree of cognitive impairment. However, they are often known for their loving and sensitive nature.
Employing people with Down Syndrome has become a realistic goal for many corporates, medium and small business due to which many employers have expressed interest in providing a suitable job for them. Be it providing jobs at food joints, grocery stores or handing front desk of their offices.
People with Down Syndrome have often showcased range of skills and personalities. They are familiar with routine and responsibilities across the workplace. They have a better possibility of accomplishment in their job provided they are being supported with tools and guidance and encouragement of their co-workers. Work experience help them discover their potential area where they are good and further develop new social relationships, acquire technical knowledge which makes them confident and independent in their personal life as well.
There are many organization and support groups who offer to volunteer in building safe and encouraging workspace by providing step-by-step training and guidance they need to build confidence and find employment that suits their interests and skills.
Hiring people with Down syndrome often have mutual gains. While people with Down syndrome get opportunity to live a better-quality life and self-development. Whereas companies hiring them have often observed a significant improvement in their organizational health through positive impact on their culture and stakeholders.
However it becomes crucial for the organization to ensure their corporate culture is compatible for hiring such people as their business environment might not be prepared in employing people with limited skills and communication. Despite these challenges companies across the world have taken the initiative to hire these people as they have recognized the potential they can bring in their workplaces.
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking