Could disabled workers benefit from the shrinking labour force?

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Could disabled workers benefit from the shrinking labour force?
By Donna J. Jodhan
A very interesting question for us to ponder this day but it should not come as either a shocker or shaker.  With more and more aging baby boomers poised to exit the labour force, many are wondering if employers would be willing to drop their attitude barriers and look to the disabled persons labour force for help.  There still exists that in tangent barrier that smacks of an attitude problem when it comes to employers not being very willing or ready to hire disabled persons. 
With the present economic uncertainty, you may see that some pre-retirees are probably going to stay on a tad longer in the workplace, and you may find that more retirees would be seeking to find jobs to help supplement their incomes but this does not negate the fact that there is going to be a labour shortage sooner than later.  As a matter of fact, many countries have already started to experience labour shortages due to employees taking early retirement.

Here in North America and up until now, many companies have chosen to outsource hundreds of thousands of jobs to India; jobs that relate to call center types of services and jobs that can easily be handled by our disabled labour force.  With our economy in the early stages of recovery, I am wondering if this would not be a good time for companies to start bringing back their call centers from India and making them available to our disabled labour force?  It would be a great way to stimulate the economy but more importantly it would be a preamble to tapping into an untapped resource that can be easily trained and readied to fill the gap as more and more persons reach the retirement age.
 So, here is the question once again.  Could disabled workers benefit from the shrinking labour force?
I for one will be watching very closely.  Whatever the outcome, it will be very interesting to see how things play out.

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