Hiring Someone with a disability is good business. And that's the bottom line

Ingrid B.

Disability is no barrier to ambition, so Ingrid was not about to let osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia keep her from pursuing a satisfying career. A talented hygienist and children’s dental therapist, Ingrid’s painful condition developed slowly. It became increasingly difficult to sit for a long time – as is required for most dental careers – but she continued to work because she thought it would get better.

“I worked for several years in excruciating pain because I had no disability coverage and my employer was reluctant to add any modifications to my workspace,” says Ingrid. “Eventually, I had to leave my job because my condition made even simple tasks painful. I couldn’t even wash the dishes without taking a break.”

Unable to work for about eight years, Ingrid knew she had too much to give to stay on the workforce sidelines. She decided to look for a career that would allow her to train and work on her own schedule.

“I couldn’t sit long enough to drive into Winnipeg to go back to school, so I decided to study at home for my realtor’s licence,” she says. “My previous work showed me I had a way of making others relax and although home buying should be exciting, it is often nerve-wracking for people, especially first-time buyers.”

A realtor with Interlake Real Estate, the province’s largest independent real estate company, Ingrid has proven herself in her five years of service to date.

“It’s always great to be a part of the joy of someone else finding their perfect house,” says Ingrid. “I know persons with disabilities can be extremely hard-working people who can take on a job and do it well.”