What’s Wrong Wednesday: Qualified workers with disabilities are not being hired

 In #zerobarriers, What’s Wrong Wednesday

A local news story from the Minot News features a man with a disability who says that despite his awesome resume, he is not being hired. He wonders if his disability is invoking reactions from potential employers because he gets calls and interviews but never gets offered employment after they see him face-to-face. Kyle Erickson is an NDSU grad and fully capable of providing qualified work but even with assistance, he can’t land a job.

Employers do not always see the benefit of hiring a person with a disability but those who do find they are dependable, qualified, and ready to learn. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the employment-population ratio for persons with a disability increased from 17.9 percent in 2016 to 18.7 percent in 2017. This is unacceptable!

What can we do to make this better? Education may be part of it- employers need to know rules around the Americans with Disabilities Act and incentives for employers to hire people with disabilities; they need to know that often time an accommodation if needed, is minute to the employer in both cost and time.

2 women with disabilities at work at their computersSee the full article here.

 

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