For a long time, individuals with disabilities have been underrepresented in the workforce based on assumptions of low expectations and capabilities.
When the signing of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 opened the doors for inclusion and employment of millions of people with disabilities, the cultural stigma was challenged.
While progress has been made and the stigma has been challenged, misunderstanding around employing individuals with disabilities has remained.
However, as of late there has been significant increase in conversation and activism surrounding fair representation and equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the work force and work places are taking part, incorporating plans for accommodations resulting in inclusive hire.
Here are 8 Benefits of Hiring Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
- Individuals with developmental disabilities are reliable, dedicated, loyal workers with a positive work ethic.
- Employers experience low turnover and high retention from employees with developmental disabilities.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities have lower than average absenteeism, thereby increasing overall productivity.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities contribute to a positive and team-based work environment.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities demonstrate high work productivity in a wide range of jobs.
- Employees with developmental disabilities promote a positive corporate image that increases customer base and loyalty.
- Federal tax incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities improve the employer’s “bottom line.”
- Hiring individuals with developmental disabilities promotes workforce diversity and is good for the employee, the business, and society.
“The ComWell team is attentive and positive on their outlook. We enjoy having them as part of our team! This project is certainly about working to employ clients of ComWell, but it is also about real business success. This partnership has provided us with an efficient workforce and in general, helps make us a better business partner.” –Gilster-Mary Lee President, Tom Welge.
If you’re an employer looking to partner with ComWell to hire individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, call us today at 615-282-6233.