Advocacy Corner: Employing People With Disabilities

I wanted to share with you an encouraging article I just read about “Employing People with Disabilities.”

The encouraging news continues. Staffing Industry Analysts on December 14, 2012 reported that Allegis Group, the largest staffing firm in the U.S. made a deal to acquire, a job board serving people with disabilities. “We believe people with disabilities have been an underserved part of the job seeking community,” said Michael McSally, vice president, enterprise operations, at Allegis.

“There are many talented individuals looking for employment and many companies looking for a good fit for their organizations. This acquisition reflects our commitment to helping connect this often underserved segment of the population with good job opportunities. It also helps us meet the needs of our clients, who are seeking to better understand and serve this population.”

With the ADA The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. Employers are finding a real value in employing people with disabilities.

If you are a small business owner you can go to the SBA website to find out how hiring employee with disabilities will provide you benefits.

As an employer, you can take advantage of various programs that encourage the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. This will also make you eligible for tax credits that help cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities. While this is an excellent way to expand and enhance your business, keep in mind that you will need to comply with certain legal requirements concerning the accommodation of employees with disabilities.

Other big companies like Wal-mart are making a difference in the disability community.  Here is a great story out of Georgia, “People With Disabilities a Priority at Wal-mart”:

Residents of Summerville, Ga., sometimes shop at the local Wal-Mart twice in one day, but it’s not because they forgot anything the first time. They just want a second chance to visit Finn, the black Labrador retriever service dog who works at the store with owner Spann Cordle.

Cordle has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair daily. Initially a store greeter, he acquired the service dog a few months after being hired. Managers welcomed Finn to the team, if not the payroll. Soon, Cordle’s polite manner and superb way with people earned him a promotion to the electronics customer service desk, and Finn came with him.

Disability Outreach
Cordle’s story is one of many that Wal-Mart Manager of Disability Outreach Crosby Cromwell uses to illustrate the tremendous effort her company is making to reach out to the disability community. A pair of initiatives heads corporate policy when making hires within the company.

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This news is encouraging to me as a mother of a child with disabilities.  It’s nice to know there is hope for him to have a meaningful place in our community.