Businesses that embrace disability inclusion have found there is a positive correlation between their profitability, employee morale and engagement. These businesses report lower turnover, better safety records, innovation and higher productivity among their employees with disabilities.
AN INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE BENEFITS EVERYONE
In May 2016, the House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on the role small businesses can play in employing individuals with development disabilities. According to Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), “For adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities or disorders, finding sustaining employment can be a real challenge. These individuals can be overlooked when employment opportunities arise, and too often they are shut out from the workplace all together.” He added, “Yet across the country we are seeing examples of how small businesses, with their ability to adapt and accommodate, are able to provide employment opportunities to those who might not otherwise get a chance.”