I found out yesterday that the hospital in my town has a policy not to hire mentally disabled, or let them volunteer. I checked their website, and they claim to be an equal opportunity employer. Is this a fair claim if they will hire a physically disabled person, but not a mentally disabled person?
One of the biggest hospitals in the state makes a point of hiring personnel with disabilities. They will gear a job towards a person’s abilities. Why can’t the hospital in my town do the same? I don’t know. I was going to contact them, and ask, but I got the feeling from my source that this was an unwritten policy.
The facts are, and I hate to admit it, they can not hire mentally disabled personnel, or allow them to volunteer, simply by not creating positions for them. Or by not adapting jobs for them. There are a lot of tasks that a mentally disabled person can do, but employers have to take time to create positions for each individual person. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of employers willing to do that.
This situation saddens and angers me. In a few years, my son will be old enough to have a job. He is very low functioning, but there are jobs that he can do. He’s great with organization. He’s great about putting things in their proper place. He’s great at sorting. He would need someone with him at all times, but he has a community aid for that. He also has me and his father.
Things don’t get easier as our children grow up. If anything, they get harder.