Disability and Employment

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 30, 2012

disability and employment infographic

One in five Americans is affected by disability, and only 15.2% of people with a disability are employed. Although the best reason to hire someone with a disability is because he or she is qualified for the job, it’s important to realize the value of including employees with disability in your workplace. Encourage your place of work to consider these values when employing someone with a disability:

• Including qualified employees with disability in your workforce communicates a strong message of inclusion to your local community.
• Employees with disability often make good team players – that means increased productivity in work groups.
• To include someone with a disability diversifies your workforce, creating a stronger appeal to a diverse consumer base.
• Employees with disabilities often enjoy a long tenure with a company and are less likely to resign or quickly move on to another job.
• A job can mean a great deal to an individual with a disability and translate into equal or higher job performance rates.
• Employees with disability are usually happy to work on creative solutions regarding reasonable accommodation or restructuring of job hours.
• Including someone with a disability in your work force raises the bar on everyone’s awareness and sensitivity toward someone facing hardships.

Does your workplace value employment for people with disability?


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Mrs joni, I appreciate you so much, you are one of the godliest woman I have ever seen! I love disabled children and would love to meet with them sometime! Thank you for all you've done. love, Emma Tarence Birmingham, Alabama 35242
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • emma
Hello, I marvel at your talents, Joni. I have suffered from bipolar schizoid affective disorder for forty years. I am an autor of "The Bipolar's Song" "Blessed" and "Nevertheless". Through my journey of writing, I have experienced the joy of God's hand on my endeavors. Although my message has not reached near the proportion of your's, it is nevertheless rewarding to see it change people's hearts and perspectives as I speak and place the books in their hands. Praise God for his great blessings to the disabled!
  • Sept. 18, 2012
  • 5:57 a.m.
  • Paula Sievers
Although I've been retired for some years and am now self-employed, your article gives me pause to think back. My memory confirms your article in that I was the only disabled person working in any of my three fields: speech pathology, counseling, and interior design. I have been exceedingly blessed w/ opportunity and fellow workers' sensitivity, but sadly, financial support is often a roadblock to realizing creative changes in accessibility. Joni, I have followed you for the thirty-six years I have been in a wheelchair. My prayers were w/ you during your chemo and since. Thank you for your example soldiering forward. God is Good:)
  • Sept. 6, 2012
  • 8:25 a.m.
  • Cynthia White
I like this article. I hope some employers will see this and be able to find a suitable disabled person to hire. But some disabilities are "invisible" and far less understood. I do not know how some of those can be fitted into the ordinary workplace as well. Schizophrenia, Asperger's, etc. Customers cannot see the problem, and therefore cannot know how to deal with it. Employers and fellow employees cannot see it and know how to deal with it. Sometimes the person himself/herself does not even know it yet. I worked at more than 100 jobs before my diagnosis, and by then I was too old to keep going. But this is a whole different issue than what you were talking about.
  • Aug. 31, 2012
  • 9:06 a.m.
  • MaryAnn Stuart