“Employment of people with disabilities is gaining greater national attention as disabled people gain more and more skills that corporations are looking for,” notes Colleen Starkloff, SDI Co-Founder and Co-Director. “With the concerns expressed by millions of voters nationwide about the direction of the economy, we simply cannot afford to overlook the talents and skills that workers with disabilities can contribute to its overall wellbeing.”
This article points out that in 2016, only 17.9% of people with disabilities were employed, compared with 65.3 % of people without a disability. “People with disabilities are often disregarded by hiring managers who bring their own personal biases into the hiring process,” says Ted Kennedy Jr., board chair of the AAPD, the American Association of People with Disabilities. “The biggest roadblock, it seems, is the perception that people with disabilities simply can’t do the job, or it will cost too much to accommodate them.”
The Starkloff Disability Institute is working very hard to reverse the statistics associated with disability employment. We thought you might like to read this article. If you are a corporation, please consider getting involved in the Disability Equality Index (DEI) to achieve a diverse and inclusive workforce that can boast of its culture of disability.