Why more companies should hire people with disabilities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately six per cent of the U.S. workforce is made up of people with disabilities, but they are three times less likely to get a job compared to people without disabilities. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) works to connect those people with disabilities find meaningful employment and believes disability inclusion is as much an economic issue as well as a human right issue.

“Companies are starting to embrace diversity, realizing that to be successful, you have to hire people who understand your customers,” said AAPD President, Helena Berger, who went on to explain people with disabilities can often solve problems by approaching the task in a different way.  This could be a huge asset to any organization.

One area where people with disabilities are often underrepresented is the tech industry. However, data released in the AAPD’s annual list of ‘Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion’ in partnership with the U.S. Business Leadership Network suggests attitudes are changing in the corporate world. Not only was there an increase in participation this year, but also a record 68 companies scored the highest possible ranking of 100. Leading employers include Microsoft, HP and Starbucks.

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