Hiring and Employing People with Disabilities: Success Begins with Organizational Readiness

People with disabilities are the largest and fastest-growing minority in the world, representing approximately 20% of the U.S. population.  A significant number of these individuals are attending and graduating from college, while many others possess unique skills as a result of their disability.  Companies that have successfully integrated these individuals into their workplaces have reported to experience such benefits as reduced turnover and increased productivity, just to name a few.  So why, while companies face a war on talent, are they reticent about hiring individuals with disabilities?  Most likely fear; fear of “doing it wrong,” of not knowing what they can and can’t ask on any interview, of someone making an inappropriate comment or not knowing how to handle an unusual accommodation request.  Sometimes it is as simple as not knowing how and where to source these candidates.

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