Attitudinal Impacts on Employment of Persons with Disabilities

  • Laura Yvonne Bulk UBC, PhD RSC


Poverty and under-employment are major issues faced by Canadians with disabilities. This brief literature review, written by a Master of Occupational Therapy student, will explore the impact of dominant culture and social attitudes on the employment of persons with disabilities. The attitudes encountered by individuals with disabilities are a major contributor to either impeding or allowing success. Attitudes will be discussed as either inclusive, facilitating employment, or ableist, limiting employment. As healthcare professionals, it is part of our responsibility to ensure all members of our society can participate and thrive. Therefore, we must be aware of our own attitudes and how they either facilitate or hinder the participation of persons with disabilities.