Hiring Candidates with Disabilities Pays Off

September 3rd, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act strictly prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Provided the candidate has all of the right skills to perform the job in question or can accomplish it with the help of reasonable accommodations, the person should be considered for the job. Could you be missing out by not hiring these candidates? What do you need to know about the ADA and how it affects your business?

What are reasonable accommodations?

According to the ADA, companies are obligated to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities. This could be wheelchair ramps or screens for computers that help the visually impaired. The employee must still be able to perform the job duties as initially described.

Candidates with developmental disabilities

There is an invisible group when it comes to working with disabled employees. Adults with developmental disabilities often are not considered for traditional employment settings. In fact, 85 percent of developmentally disabled adults don’t work paid jobs at all. But could companies be missing out on great employees by not even considering this group?

Dependability, engagement, and motivation

Employers who hire and work with the developmentally disabled often say that these individuals are among the most dependable workers they have on staff. They are genuinely excited to work and motivated to do a good job. This can be critical to many companies as any employees with energy and in a good mood help the overall culture of the workplace.

Demonstrate social responsibilities

Professionals often cite a company’s civic involvement as a reason for continued engagement. Working with the community by helping developmentally disabled adults find meaningful, paying work can be a great way to demonstrate the social responsibility of your company.

How to effectively utilize these employees

In compliance with the ADA, a company is not required to employee anyone who is unable to perform the job duties of the position for which they are hired. For developmentally disabled employees, it is best to determine what each candidate has to offer and develop a program that benefits both you and them in the workplace.

Meador helps you increase your workforce without adding to your overhead. Meador has locations in six cities, including a staffing agency in Pasadena TX. Contact us today and find out how we can help!

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