Where do you start building a professional career as a person with disabilities entering or re-entering the workforce? In Malaysia, the number of companies hiring workers with disabilities in the country has increased from 596 companies in 2010 to 709 in 2013. There are a number of places with strong hiring policies that encourage people with disabilities to work with them. We list a few here.
Both local and international retail chains in Malaysia have hired workers with disabilities, including supervisor-level positions. These chains include:
- AEON Group
In recent years, Starbucks in Bangsar Village II has achieved some fame by being the first outlet in the world that exclusively employs deaf baristas. But did you also know that KFC has been doing the same for over 30 years? Three ‘Community Care’ restaurants, marked by stickers on their doors, currently employ deaf staff. They are located in Sentul Raya, KL, Tanjung Aru, Sabah, and Saujana, Sarawak.
Other F&B chains which provide job opportunities for workers with disabilities include:
- Sushi King
- Harold’s Bread
Jobs in the hospitality industry can be challenging even for the abled, but those who enjoy connecting people and helping others will find their calling in various spots across the country. These hotels are known to hire staff with disabilities:
- Royale Chulan Bukit Bintang (formerly The Royale Bintang)
- Klana Resort Seremban
- Hotel Mutiara Johor Bahru
Technology and others
Besides the sectors mentioned above, other national and international companies that hire staff with disabilities include
- Mdec eRezeki
- SWM Environment
- Favelle Favco Cranes
- Dialogue in the Dark (DiD)
As a person with disabilities, it’s possible to build an independent career in a positive environment. The places we’ve highlighted are good places to start, but they are also not the only options out there. Ask about disability hiring policies when you search for jobs, and you’re sure to find a place that will help you thrive professionally.
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