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Wanted: More bosses to see potential of PWDs

Employers who hire people with disabilities (PWDs) and accommodate their needs to help them perform at work say that doing so creates a kinder workforce and makes them attractive employers to millennials.

Ms Cheryl Tan, 29, has been looking for a job for more than 18 months, sending out "countless" applications since she left her last job as a patient service associate at an eye clinic in February last year.

Ms Tan, who has progressive multiple sclerosis and moves around in a motorised wheelchair, says that her disability has made it more difficult to find a job. Add to that the current economic outlook as a result of the pandemic - and employment has been elusive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2020, with the headline 'Wanted: More bosses to see potential of PWDs'. Print Edition | Subscribe