Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilty


Presently in the USA, there are still many disabled people who find themselves out of the labor force, and according to the Disability Statistics, www.disabilitystatistics.org, that in 2011, only an estimated 33.4 percent (plus or minus 0.30 percentage points) of non-institutionalized, male or female, with a disability, ages 21-64, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States were employed.

In a recent interview by Judy Woodruff with Delaware Governor Jack Markell, the current chairman of the National Governors Association, several benefits for hiring people with disability were presented by the governor. Gov. Markell, while acknowledging the fact that there are still many unemployed disabled people, remains optimistic that the situation will improve, and he gives several reasons “Hiring More People With Disabilities Is Good for the Bottom Line.”

In the interview, Gov. Markell stresses on the need “to focus on the ability and not on the disability.”
He explains, “And we have seen so many companies around the country benefit when they give people with disabilities a shot at employment. And that's really what this is all about.”
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In another event in Chicago, after a job fair in Arlington Heights for those with disabilities stalled, officials now plan to soon launch an informational campaign to promote the hiring of people with disabilities.
Ryan Danzinger, co-chair of the village's Commission for Citizens with Disabilities, said “"We want to let them know people are out there and there are programs and incentives to hire people."
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