The Business Case for Inclusion

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Person with a Disability

  1. Market Research - Employers with a diverse workforce can more accurately tailor their products and services to a  diverse customer base. People with disabilities account for 19.8% of the U.S. population and command $220 billion in spending power, two times the amount of the coveted teen market.

  2. Performance & Safety Ratings - Research consistently shows that employers report equal or better safety records, turnover and absentee rates, job performance ratings, job assignment flexibility, and equal amount of supervision required for employees with disabilities as compared to their non-disabled peers.

  3. Employee Engagement - Researchers have found that employers report hiring employees with disabilities contributes to improved morale and productivity throughout the company.
  4. Customer Loyalty - Polls show that 92% of consumers reflect favorably on businesses known to hire people with disabilities, and 87% prefer to do business with these same companies.
  5. Government Grants - Businesses can receive direct government payments of up to $20,000 annually for each qualified employee through programs such as Ticket-To-Work program and the Work Opportunity Act of 2007.

  6. Qualified Applicants - Hiring people with disabilities helps businesses prepare to accommodate and retain current knowledgeable and experienced employees. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people between the ages of 35 and 65 become disabled. Employees with disabilities are probably already in your workforce.

  7. Tax Incentives - Business may be eligible for tax incentives such as the $5,000 Small Business Tax Credit, the $2,400 annual Disabled Access Credit, and the Architectural/Transportation Barrier Removal Tax Deduction up to $15,000.

  8. Return on Investment - Various studies have concluded that for each dollar spent on reasonable accommodations, businesses reap $10-$35 in benefits.

  9. Accommodation Myth - Approximately 72% of employees with disabilities do not require accommodations.  Accomodations otherwise generally cost less than $500. 
  10. Health Care Savings - In certain cases, employees with disabilities carry Medicare/Medicaid and do not require employer-sponsored health insurance.