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Employers Embracing Employees with Disabilities

Companies including Amazon, Starbucks, Pepsi and others have shown that employees with disabilities are loyal, successful and help them make more money. That’s because people with disabilities bring unique characteristics and talents to the workplace that benefit employers and organizations. If we find the right jobs for the right people, it can and does increase the bottom line of companies. People with disabilities can work in hospitals, hotels, computer programming and other fields.

RespectAbility and other disability organizations are leading the way for more businesses to add disability to the diversity and talent pipelines. Would you like to learn more about how by hiring workers with disabilities you could achieve more success? Please review the resources below.

Business Focused Disability Organizations:

Resources for Employers

  • The Workplace Initiative – The Workplace Initiative helps companies recruit, hire and retain the largest untapped labor pool in the country – people with disabilities. This site showcases facts and case studies to show how disability inclusion drives business value. The Disability Employment and Inclusion Guide includes information needed to start or enhance your disability employment and inclusion program.
  • Disability Equality Index (DEI) – The DEI is a national, transparent, annual benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices.
  • Disability Employment Tracker – The Disability Employment Tracker™ is a free, confidential company assessment that measures disability and employment policies and practices and includes a confidential section on veteran employment practice.
  • The Job Accommodation Network ( – Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
  • Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion ( – EARN is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity. They educate public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures and empower them to become leaders in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities.
  • Getting Hired – An Allegis Group Company, GettingHired is a recruitment solution dedicated to helping inclusive employers hire professional individuals and veterans with disabilities.
  • – Established in 1995, AbilityJobs is the first online job board dedicated to connecting job seekers with employers—helping hundreds of thousands of qualified candidates with disabilities.
  • – Ability Job Fair is the only online career fair with face-to-face video—including real time captioning, chat and sign language interpreters, providing the most accessible experience for job seekers with disabilities.

#RespectTheAbility Campaign Celebrates Model Employers that Demonstrate Inclusive Hiring on all Levels:

Press Clips on the Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

  • Hiring Americans with Disabilities, CNBC – Discussing what hiring people with disabilities means for an organization, with Rodger DeRose, Kessler Foundation CEO, and Gregory Wasson, Walgreen CEO. “People with disabilities want to work, and can absolutely be qualified to work,” explains Wasson.
  • What People Don’t Understand About Hiring Someone with A Physical Disability, Fast Company – Hiring someone with a physical disability isn’t an act of charity; it’s a decision that will bring a valuable perspective to your business. Here’s why and how you should welcome your newest hire.
  • Giant Eagle Makes Case for Hiring People with Disabilities, Progressive Grocer – Grocer shares insights at National Disability Institute event.
  • Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities, EconoTimes – National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Kessler Foundation and Poses Family Foundation, assembled corporate leaders and community providers at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh for the event: Disability at Work, a Conversation with Randy Lewis.  Lewis, a former Senior Vice President at Walgreens, shared evidence of “return on investment” when disability becomes a centerpiece of a corporation’s diversity and inclusion strategy to enhance workforce productivity and the bottom line.
  • Viewpoint: How Hiring People with Disabilities Works for Businesses, Too, Society for Human Resource Management – Person-centered career planning makes the process of finding and retaining a job easier, but there are still many willing and capable people left out of the workforce. Job placement and training services are looking for new strategies to get people with disabilities employed.

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