It is telling that at the end of the day there are no comments yet. There is definitely work to do in this area.
Great. Please keep them coming. Also, let us know of the companies that work well with those of us learning disabilities that ARE HIRING currently.
I find it interesting that there is no statistic for those that have one or more disabilities and do not report them to their company, for fear of reprisal on some level. Personally, I am in that situation and my disabilities so far have not proved to be a true hindrance to me in doing my job. However, there is a huge loss on the quality of life that I experience, and to me, that counts for just as much as the quantity of life and work that intersect with each other on a daily basis. Thank you for a very telling article.
One serious problem with “diversity programs” is that they still exclude persons with disabilities and don’t make their activities or programs accessible. Token images of persons with disabilities on a website are “nice,” but not truly indicative of how well a company walks the walk. Is the website accessible (Section 508-conformant, for US Federal gov. agencies)? Are there people with disabilities in meaningful jobs and committee positions? Generally speaking, at this point in time, the answers are pretty much no still.
I agree with the above comments, people with disability are being ignored if I challenege an employer to recruit disabled people they say we already have share of the disability. It shows their attitute towards disability is negative.
I agree with these comments that American Businesses need to take a more
proactive approach to hiring disabled people for meaningful job opportunities.
At the same time,HR departments need additional training to utilize these
I’m really interested in this area – and how it impacts on quality of life.
We are in prisons without walls – so nobody sees. Now that the economy is so fragile, surely it makes no sense to tether out talent: to immobilise those who could possess momentum.
Encouragement and support is all it takes. Why is that so hard to do?
When I’ve finished my research, I’ll get back to you with my findings……
We are still behind the ball with hiring people with disabilities. I have been in corporate america – technology for 7 years and have only seen 1 person in a wheelchair (myself). The federal and local govt’s are even more behind than corporate. The system is designed NOT to hire people with disabilities. The competitive points / special programs are all feel good ” we’re doing the right thing” initiatives. End of the day they will hire there in law / friend..
I have multiple hidden disabilities and can no longer work at the the same position in my company; however, they have no positions I can transfer to either. They are just not set up to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace. I was told if I cannot be released to work at 100% capacity (ha! that will not be happening) then I can’t return to work.
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