Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Disability Inclusion in a critical part of any workforce.  At least 1 billion people within the current world population has some form of disability. This is one in every seven people throughout the world.  A proactive workplace intentional about disability inclusion is less likely to miss out on qualified talents.

Companies who choose to have a strong disability inclusion program will ultimately have better access to more talent and experience greater employee retention.  When a workplace values the strength of member of the team, it creates an environment for everyone to succeed.  All persons provided the same opportunity to be hired, succeed, learn, grow and advance is paramount in the pace and growth of any company throughout the world.

It is important to note the following things:

  • The majority of people with a disability strive to work somewhere.
  • Even though the desire is present, people with disabilities are employed at lower rate than everyone else.
  • Whether it is visible or invisible, one in four Americans has some type of disability
  • Only one of three people with a disability actually participated in the workforce.

What can companies do to bolster their workforce through diversity and inclusion:

  • Recognize diversity inclusion is an integral and necessary part of employee support.
  • Recognize employees are actively looking for more diverse and inclusive workplaces.
  • Recognize inclusion strengthens team, builds morale and brings the best out of their employees.

Many companies truly own the responsibility of creating a more diverse workplace. They understand the ramifications of not actively seeking and retain the best talent.  Employees truly wish to be a part of an environment who welcomes every member of their organization. Companies know their ability to excel in their chosen niche depends on the best qualified people in a diverse pool of candidates.

Oliver Sacks said it best, “I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunities.” Everyone who enter the workforce is a powerful asset with something to contribute to make their organization a better place. Diversity decides our destiny.

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