An organization’s workforce is its most valuable asset

Voice issues can impact all facets of a person’s life, including career. That’s why it is important to be knowledgeable about your choices to navigate any changes effectively.

A survey of 700 individuals with spasmodic dysphonia offers insight into how a voice disorder can impact one’s employment. They were asked about their job before diagnosis and after diagnosis. More than one-quarter of survey participants said they had to change jobs because of their symptoms, meaning voice impacted the economic opportunity and career path of those with SD.

Supporting those with disabilities makes good business sense

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) reports that more than 54 million Americans have a disability and that individuals with disabilities comprise 7% of the workforce. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was conceived with the goal of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of life. Sensitivity toward people with disabilities is not only in the spirit of the ADA, it makes good business sense. It can help you expand your practice, better serve your customers or develop a larger audience for your products. A person living with a voice disorder can be seriously impacted professionally. Imagine being in sales, public speaking, teaching, and the many careers where verbal communication is key, then developing a disorder that impacts your ability to communicate with ease.

When you employ disabled workers, not only do you reap the benefits of a skilled staff, but you also build a diverse workforce and foster a culture of tolerance and respect.

Building a structure to support a diverse workforce

Increasingly, companies are establishing internal organizational structures to address the unique needs and issues of those with all disabilities in the workforce. In order to build a workplace that embraces all people equally, there needs to be an action plan that encompasses the following:

  1. Top Management Support
  2. Organizational Policies
  3. Manager Training
  4. Individual Training