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The Benefits of Employing People with Disabilities

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In previous posts, we’ve alluded to the uncertainty an employer might feel when considering hiring a person with disabilities. They may have some misconceptions, such as that accommodations are very costly, or that those with disabilities may be more difficult to employ, or that they will not be as good at the job. However, we know these things to be untrue. In fact, there are many benefits to employing people with disabilities.

There have been many studies that dispel the employer concerns mentioned above, and go on to describe the myriad benefits to hiring people with disabilities. One that can jump out to employers right away involves improvements in profitability; one study found that businesses that welcome those with disabilities saw 28% higher revenues, double the net income, and a 30% increase in profit margins. Additionally, companies that employ more people with disabilities enjoy a number of competitive advantages. For one, employees with disabilities represent not only a vital workforce, but an important customer base as well, both of which may be going untapped by businesses who ignore or otherwise discount people with disabilities. Greater diversity also draws in...

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This webpage from Colgate University provides resources on accessibility. These resources "are designed for self-guided professional development on issues around accessibility and universal design..." These resources are divided into a number of categories, including Universal Design, Accessible Design Concepts, Quick Guide to Making Accessible...
On this page, from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST, instructors will find a concise definition of accessibility theat can be referenced in syllabi and other documents to ensure a common language is used to avoid confusion. Related terms such as assistive and accessible technology are also defined. This webpage also...
This series of videos, published by the United States General Services Administration, provide guidance on how to "test and remediate PDFs for accessibility with Adobe Acrobat DC". The series includes five modules that cover the following topics: Introduction & Background, What is a PDF, Testing a PDF for Accessibility, Remediating PDFs for...
This article, published by the Internet Scout Research Group, provides guidance for employers on making their workplaces more accessible for blind and low vision employees. The article is divided into three areas: accommodations, safety, and additional resources. A PDF is available at the bottom of the article to view separately.
This article, published by the Internet Scout Research Group, provides guidance for employers on making their workplaces more accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees. The article is divided into three areas: accommodations, safety, and additional resources. A PDF is available at the bottom of the article to view separately.

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