Peo­ple With Dis­abil­i­ties They’ve spent a life­time prob­lem-solv­ing

Inc. (USA) - - STATE OF HIRING 2018 -

51%

The es­ti­mated per­cent­age of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties— both em­ployed and not— seek­ing new jobs. Source: Kessler Foun­da­tion

The Case for Hir­ing Them

“If you think about peo­ple who have to nav­i­gate a world that was not built for them, you have to be a good prob­lem solver.” CAROL GLAZER Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion on Dis­abil­ity

What Roles They Fill

Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties range from greeters at Wal­mart to the late Stephen Hawk­ing (left). “There is a bit of a craze now for hir­ing peo­ple with autism for tech jobs be­cause the jobs lend them­selves to repet­i­tive tasks and re­quire an eye for de­tail,” says Glazer.

How to Help Them Suc­ceed

Com­pa­nies should en­sure the ap­pli­ca­tion process it­self does not dis­crim­i­nate. Job de­scrip­tions some­times in­clude un­nec­es­sary re­quire­ments. For ex­am­ple, writ­ten tests may ex­clude the blind, while be­hav­ioral in­ter­views, which as­sess things like eye con­tact, weigh against peo­ple with autism.

Worth Know­ing

Glazer rec­om­mends that if a man­ager has a dis­abil­ity, he or she dis­cuss it openly. “You can al­most hear a sigh of re­lief go through the work­force when a se­nior leader dis­closes a dis­abil­ity,” she says.

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