Updated: 04/30/2014 00:19

Companies share their special arrangements for people with disabilities



Companies share their special arrangements for people with disabilities

Last week's announcement of a $30 million Open Door Programme Fund to make the workplace more conducive for people with special needs, will give more companies the incentives to hire such staff. 

This is the view of companies which are already doing so. 

The Fund supports new hires as well as job redesign, workplace accommodation and training for existing employees. 

938LIVE finds out how these companies have gone about it. 

Employers say the main difficulties people with special needs face in the workplace is interacting with co-workers. 

And that's why Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa runs regular training for their staff, to teach them how to interact with colleagues with intellectual disabilities. 

The training is conducted by Delta Senior School, a post-secondary school for students with special needs. 

The resort's Human Resources Director Judy Yeoh explains. 

"Our co-workers go through a session with the school's psychologist. The psychologist will take them through and say, these people with disabilities, their comprehension is slower, and how to accommodate them."

The resort also runs a traineeship programme for Delta Senior School students, with the intention of converting them to full-time staff after they graduate.

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