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The benefits of hiring an individual with a disability.

Hiring people with disabilities: Myth vs. Fact

 

Myth:
Persons with disabilities can’t keep up with other workers.
Fact:
It has been conclusively demonstrated that, on average, people with a disability are more loyal, dependable, and productive than their non-disabled colleagues and they work more safely. Ninety percent of people with disabilities rated average or better on job performance.*

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Myth:
A person with a disability is likely to miss a lot of work.
Fact:
Eighty-six percent of people with disabilities rated average or better with regard to attendance..*

Myth:
My staff would not want to work with a person with a disability.
Fact:
Hiring a person with a disability can increase your ability to attract and retain employees. People with disabilities bring diversity to the workplace, which has a distinct, positive impact on staff morale.

Myth:
A person with a disability cannot work in a position
requiring physical labor.
Fact:
Of those people who identified themselves as, having a disability only 10.5 percent have mobility-related disabilities.*

Myth:
Hiring a person with a disability will require changing my workplace.
Fact:
Employers often cite the cost of accommodations as a barrier to hiring persons with disabilities.
However, the vast majority of people with
disabilities, who are currently employed, require no special workplace accommodations, whatsoever. Employees with disabilities can sometimes be
accommodated by simply moving furniture.

Myth:
A person with a disability will have more accidents on the job.
Fact:
Ninety-eight percent of people with a disability rate average or better with regard to work safety.*

Myth:
Accommodating an employee with a disability is too expensive.
Fact:
Accommodations for employees with disabilities are generally inexpensive and receive a tax credit.
Furthermore, 90% of employers surveyed who hired people with disabilities saw no change in their insurance rates.*

Myth:
It will be more difficult to terminate a person with a disability.
Fact:
Persons with disabilities will be the first to agree that they do not want to be treated differently from other employees. Within the context of whatever accommodations have been provided, employers can have the same performance expectations for a person with a disability as they would with any other employee.

Myth:
Persons with disabilities do not really want to work.
Fact:
With regard to people with disabilities. staff retention, is 72% higher,* which saves millions of dollars each year in recruitment and training costs.

*To learn more visit: www.ftmeade.army.mil/staff/eeo/dis_myths.pdf

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