The month of October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which aims to highlight the contributions people with disabilities bring to our nation’s workforce and economy.
In light of #NDEAM, we found a recently published article from AccountingToday, by Randy Crabtree, which touches on the economic and financial benefits of diversifying the workplace with employees with disabilities. In his article, 10 key benefits of hiring employees with disabilities, Crabtree stresses the importance of equal opportunity and how people with disabilities continue to be overlooked as qualified candidates for many workplace positions.
However, recent studies have proven that hiring people with disabilities is actually “smart business.” Crabtree cites a 2018 study in which Accenture, Disability:IN, and the American Association of People with Disabilities concluded that businesses who employ people with disabilities see higher profit margins than those who do not.
The same study determined that hiring people with disabilities increases workplace moral. Companies who hire people with disabilities see higher innovation, reduced job abandonment, and higher productivity. In turn, their brand gains recognition and trust. According to Crabtree, there are more than 11 million American’s with disabilities who are qualified and actively seeking work. In the video below, Cascade founder, Taylor Webster reiterates Crabtree’s point on a local level. Our Supported Employment program was designed to help individuals with disabilities find employment by building partnerships with local businesses looking fill entry-level positions with qualified employees.
Founder of Cascade Community Connections, Taylor Webster, highlights how our Supported Employment program assists local businesses who are looking to fill entry-level positions with qualified and dependable employees.
Scroll through the slides below to learn Crabtree’s 10 key benefits of hiring employees with disabilities, and follow Cascade on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about our Supported Employment program.