The New Zealand Disability Employers’ Network is a network of NZ employers committed to improving their disability inclusion and accessibility practices.
Members of the network seek to:
- Bridge the disability career gap;
- Break down the accessibility barriers to equitably serve all; and
- Inspire others to action.
Our collective mission is to improve the relationship between employers and disabled people and their supporting organisations, leading to better outcomes for disabled and neurodiverse people.
We are committed to the vision – “New Zealand organisations realise the true potential of disabled and neurodiverse people, to the benefit of all.
Members commit to continuously improving their current practices through our programme the Accessibility Tick.
But we are more than a programme, we are an employer whānau who have a true community of practice and knowledge around disability, neurodiversity and accessibility.
Disability employment gap
Recent labour market statistics show New Zealanders with disabilities are 3 times less likely to be employed than their non-disabled peers. The difference between employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people is called the disability employment gap. New Zealand’s disability employment gap is currently 47.8%. We’re changing that!
An inclusive workplace is not only physically and technologically accessible, but also breaks down social barriers and changes attitudes. For many job seekers with disabilities, discrimination and lack of support stop them from finding and keeping a job.
The benefits of an inclusive workplace extend beyond supporting employees with disabilities. A disability inclusive workplace:
- increases productivity
- enables a larger pool of talented people to apply for, maintain, and advance through employment
- leads to an expanded customer base.
1 in 4 New Zealanders identify as having a disability. If organisations are not inclusive and accessible, they could be missing out on a quarter of the market.