October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). As the month comes to an end, our focus on employment for individuals with disabilities should not. Hiring and celebrating the accomplishments of people with disabilities should be a year-round effort if we are to make real progress in creating opportunities for those most excluded from employment.
Hiring a qualified individual with disabilities brings benefits beyond filling a job opening. Businesses that employ people with disabilities understand that diverse experiences and perspectives actually add value to the workplace. The business benefits extend to lower turnover, reduced training and recruitment costs, and the development of a loyal and committed workforce. Hiring individuals with disabilities is a win/win for business owners and their bottom lines.
A 2007 study done by DePaul University noted low absenteeism rates and long tenures for workers with disabilities. Employers also described their employees with disabilities as “loyal, reliable, and hardworking.” Click here to view a summary of the study.
In most cases, hiring people with disabilities is no different than hiring any other job candidate. All new employees need to become familiar with an organization’s management style and workplace culture. Working with agencies serving employees with disabilities brings the added benefit of comprehensive training and guidance to ensure success for employer, employee and new team members.
Interested? Speak to our expert staff about hiring employees with disabilities in your business by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At PRIDE Industries, our mission is to create jobs for people with disabilities. For nearly 50 years, PRIDE has been preparing people with disabilities for employment and more independent lives. PRIDE helps people move from dependence to greater independence with person-centered services including assessments, job skills development, training, placement, transportation, and on-going supports to ensure long-term success. We place people in employment in PRIDE’s own businesses, and support more than 450 individuals annually in community employment.
Following are a few examples of successful individuals with disabilities at PRIDE Industries who hold a variety of important positions:
Chance Martin, Administrative Assistant, PRIDE’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) team.
Chance provides uses his technical skills to provide administrative support to the AOC team including data entry and document preparation among other duties. Click here to learn more about Chance’s story.
Carlos Gutiérrez, General Maintenance Worker, PRIDE Industries at Fort Bliss.
Carlos provides technical and skilled craft support to PRIDE Industries’ basewide facilities maintenance contract at Fort Bliss, Texas. Click here to learn more about Carlos’ story.
Devin West, Hand Packager, PRIDE Industries in Auburn.
Devin successfully transitioned from high school to full-time employment. Through her job at PRIDE, Devin has gained vocational training and job skills and looks forward to working in the community one day. Learn more about Devin’s story, Click here.
How can you make a difference for individuals with disabilities?
- Look beyond a disability to ability in your workplace hiring.
- Hire PRIDE Industries and its employees for your business service needs.
- Support businesses that employ people with disabilities.
Together we can change lives…one job at a time.