Creating Opportunities for People With Disabilities for Operating Success

People with disabilities can enhance organizational operating success, strengthen a culture of inclusion, and bring new perspectives to product designs and marketing. So why are so few of them able to find employment?
— By Jeremiah Prince

The numbers speak for themselves. By the end of 2019, 19.3 percent of people with disabilities were employed compared to 66.3 percent of people without a disability. There are many reasons used to explain the wide gap, but the fact is that across all age groups, people with disabilities were less likely to be employed. For businesses, it means foregoing the advantages that employees with disabilities bring to companies.

Using the Conference Board report as a resource, the research in "Leveling the Playing Field – Attracting, Engaging and Advancing People with Disabilities" clearly defines the business case for hiring people with disabilities and the steps organizations can take to attract and retain them b...

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