Government to hire handicapped Singaporeans

There is another group of people who are underrepresented by the recent debates about employment. These are people who have physical, mental or developmental handicaps. Their wages are low, sometimes pitiful.

There are government initiatives to help these people, but there is surely something that the government can do – hire them.

People who are wheelchair bound or visually impaired can work on computers and are good candidates for a call center. The speech or hearing impaired can work in accounting or shelve books in the library.

Those with mild mental handicaps can help to transport physical documents between offices. Those with developmental handicaps can focus on technical work with minimal social interaction, such as programming or technical maintenance.

The government also has the power to encourage contractors and government linked companies to adopt this policy. Seeing the success stories and the major cost savings in wages, the private sector will naturally follow.