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Summary:

Not many people may be aware, but hiring disabled people makes good business sense and more. What is good about hiring people with disabilities? Will they able to do their jobs well? Are there more benefits than risks for employers? Let us take a look at some observations.

People with developmental disabilities have built a reputation as hard-working and dedicated employees who take pride in their work and the firms that employ them. A three-year study at Washington Mutual found a turnover rate of 8 percent among people with developmental disabilities, compared with an turnover overall rate of 45 percent in the general population. Time and costs saved in training alone underscore the economic advantages. Read more via

This isn’t just a business trend but a societal change in attitude. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the recent head of the governors association and the leader behind the report, says employers must focus on a person’s ability rather than disability – or even on how a disability enhances a person’s employability. Many disabled workers are so grateful for a job that they work harder. Some industries, such as software and data testing, prefer workers with certain disabilities, such as autism, because of a person’s intense focus on detail. Read more via

However, it is indeed a fact many disabled people are out of work, and find it difficult to land a job. As Chet Bell, CEO of Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, writes in his article, Americans with disabilities are an underutilized reservoir of ambition, talent and skill ready to make great contributions in the workplace. As these individuals grow in independence and self esteem they give back to their communities by providing needed services and return their disposable income through the goods and services they purchase. Read in full via

One example of a disabled worker who pictures precisely these good points is Kirsten Boswel who has Down syndrome. When Kirsten Boswell is working as a customer service operations office assistant at Country Financial, she focuses on the task at hand. “My team members now are thinking and interacting more as a team,” Macaria Lopez said. “They realize the value that Kirsten brings. They understand that diversity is any difference that makes a difference.” In recognizing Boswell’s value, her co-workers are recognizing their own untapped skills, Lopez said. Read more of Kirsten's story via


Comment:

It is uplifting to see the dedication, commitment, and passion most people with disabilities put into whatever work or task they do, whether at home, in school or in their respective communities. I am just amazed there are still who cannot go beyond their preconceived notions that disabled people cannot do any better than those who are without any disability. Thus, aside from continuous skills training and development programs to be made available to disabled people, both private and government sectors should work harder to give more equal employment opportunities with real lasting benefits both for the disabled, and the company they work for.



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