I read about jobseeker Evie Randall at the weekend.
She was described by the New Zealand Herald as a smart, straight-A student. A 19-year-old in her third trimester at Wellington Institute of Technology.
She was yearning to make her mark in the male-dominated gaming industry.
But had been turned down for 40 jobs. She believed it was because of her learning needs - she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder around age 2.
It's frustrating for her and those close to her who describe her as "hugely motivated," "a quick learner" and "a team player".
They all know she's perfectly capable of working and doing it well but say as soon as potential employers see her disclose her disorder, they put her CV to the side.
Through the struggle finding work, at times Evie had wondered whether she should mention her disability when applying for jobs. But disclosing her disability is to ensure she would have support and understanding from an employer.
I've never had to experience discrimination due to disability so I can only imagine how she is feeling.
Whether somebody has a learning or physical disability should not affect their chance of being employed, unless it directly affects their ability to do the work.
We now know people learn differently and if we know that, we can accommodate them.
And often thinking or processing things differently from others can be beneficial in the workplace.
I know people who are dyslexic, in wheelchairs, an amputee. They are all in successful employment because employers realised they were the best people for the jobs.
The library in the town I grew up in employed people with Down syndrome to sort returned books. There was a paper mill run entirely by people with disabilities and the boutique paper they made was beautiful.
To simply put a CV into the reject pile without a second thought because of disability is potentially a waste of talent and opportunity lost.
But there aren't enough employers willing or understanding enough to employ people with disabilities and unless more employers actively employ people with disabilities nothing will change.
Organisations and businesses should be challenged to create an inclusive environment where people, of all abilities, can thrive.
Those companies may be better for it.