People with disabilities can be highly successful employees and entrepreneurs. Let's work together to create a work culture that recognizes the value of diversity.
Businesses that hire employees with disabilities see:
28% higher revenue*
30% greater profit margins*
More likely to see higher shareholder returns**
*The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
**Getting to Equal 2018: The Disability Inclusion Advantage (Accenture)
Inclusion in Business
According to the 2020 Annual Report on the Global Economics of Disability, the emerging disability market will soon be larger than China with more than $1.90 trillion in disposable income worldwide.
People with disabilities as employees continue to outperform their non-disabled counterparts. Businesses that include people with special needs see increases in revenues, profit margins, shareholder returns, and overall workplace morale. People with disabilities want to work, want to spend, and want inclusion as customers and valuable workforce talents.
Read and download We Include’s Including People with Disabilities in Business guide for more information on how to find applicants with disabilities, integrate employees, and best serve customers with disabilities.
By putting trust in your employees, agencies and partners and allowing them to make a difference, it will improve brand perception externally and internally. In turn, it makes it easier to attract and retain the best, most diverse talent, which then leads to more authentic marketing.Raja RajamannarChief Marketing and Communications Officer, Mastercard
In today's employment climate, companies that let biases get in the way of great talent simply won't be able to compete. People with disabilities offer a valuable pool of potential that is too often overlooked and underestimated.Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management
Intentionally designing [accommodations] for people with diverse needs and abilities is what nurtures ongoing innovation.Thomas KohnstammWriter, Microsoft Stories
If we get disability right, we get human inclusion right.Caroline CaseyFounder, The Valuable 500
Creating a more inclusive world for the 1.3 billion people in the world with a disability is not just the right thing to do, it also makes a lot of business sense.Paul PolmanCEO, Unilever
To achieve our bold goals and aspiration, we must attract, retain and engage an incredibly diverse talent pipeline that includes individuals with disabilities. We benefit from their talents, experiences and perspectives, which make us better.Dennis MuilenburgPresident and CEO, Boeing
It's time more brands woke up to the collective benefits of understanding people with disabilities and their needs. The inclusion revolution is coming. Make sure it's on your agenda.Richard BransonFounder, Virgin Media
Top 20 disability Employers in 2020
Source: National Organization on Disability
Inclusion in the Workplace Matters
The biggest barrier in the workforce for people with disabilities isn’t their disability. Its misperceptions that keep them from being hired. 1 in 3 people think individuals with disabilities are less productive as non-disabled people and only 4% of businesses focus on being inclusive of disability.
However, research shows people with disabilities often exhibit more loyalty, creativity, problem-solving skills, enthusiasm for work, and commitment to a routine than their counterparts.
.Companies routinely see less turnover with employees who have disabilities.? Check out the businesses below who are walking the walk and showing that inclusion works.
Inclusion in business means building a culture of belonging for people with special needs.
Check out these stories highlighting companies that are doing inclusion right and seeing amazing results.
Spectrum Designs: Custom Apparel Shop Employing Adults with Autism
“If you want efficient employees, if you want a lack of turnover, it makes sense.”
Click here to find how this workforce with autism is becoming one of the most impressive, productive corporate cultures in the apparel industry.
Alivia: Fashion Designs by Artists with Disabilities
Beautiful clothing can transform your mood, but what if it could also create a positive social impact?
Alivia does both. Click here to see how the clothing company produces amazing fashion from designs created by artists with special needs.
Connecting to Candidates with Disabilities
Create a more inclusive workplace by tapping into a gold mine of talent through networks dedicated to matching companies with good applicants who have disabilities.
Review your Job Postings
Review your job postings to make sure they don’t include arbitrary, exclusionary requirements that could deter candidates with disabilities from applying.
For example, many office job listings state “Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds,” when in reality, the heaviest object most office employees lift is a five-pound ream of paper.
To write inclusive postings, follow these three steps for writing ADA compliant job descriptions.
Adjust your interview process
Provide alternative ways for a job candidate with a disability to prove why he or she would make a good employee.
For example, use a working interview in lieu of a talking-only interview or allow candidates to write down their answers.
Interviewers should be confident asking job candidates what they need to be successful, both in the interview and in the job.
The Job Accommodation Network’s online search tool explores various accommodation options for people with disabilities in workplaces and schools. Simply type in the name of a disability and the search engine returns a list of ideas.
Ensure your workplace has wheelchair-accessible entrances. Ramps can be easy and affordable to purchase or build.
Create flexible seating options, like tables where a chair can be removed so people in wheelchairs can access the conference table.
Make sure you are providing enough room for individuals in wheelchairs or power chairs to easily navigate to where they need to go. The ADA recommends a 5″ diameter area for a turning radius in this Guidelines for Accessibility document.
Be willing to adjust lighting or overhead music. People with sensory sensitivities process light, sound, smell, and texture in ways that can often be painful. If possible, decorate your business with muted colors and natural lighting.
Grace Strobel is a groundbreaking model and speaker with Down syndrome who’s been featured on the Today show, Lady Gaga’s Channel Kindness and Born This Way Foundation, and worked with top-tier brands like Obaji Skincare. See Grace’s work here.
Zebedee is a specialist talent agency created to increase the representation of people with disabilities or alternative appearances and trans/non-binary individuals in media. Learn more about Zebedee here.
Gamut Management represents people with disabilities to create a marketplace where businesses and industries can connect with them. This also gives Gamut’s clients an opportunity to have a say in how brands market to them, create products for them and represent them in pop culture. Learn more about Gamut here.