The Boston Globe
James Brett and Alexis Henry
March 23, 2012
When it comes to hiring people with disabilities, many employers are hesitant.
It’s an honest reaction. But that doesn’t make it any less
unsettling, given how far businesses have come in hiring practices and
policies. We’ve only recently seen meaningful and deliberate efforts to
give employers and potential employees the support both sides need, when
it comes to employing men and women with disabilities.
We know that fears and uncertainties exist, even though more and more
employers have adopted inclusive hiring practices throughout
Massachusetts. If we are going to begin to see equitable levels of
employment among the approximately 200,000 adults with disabilities in
this state who are willing and able to work, yet remain unemployed, more
businesses will need to reevaluate how they approach hiring, training
and retaining people with disabilities. These are not problems caused by
the recession, but long-term conditions fueled by fear and uncertainty.
Without jobs, men and women with disabilities often lead lives defined
by poverty and isolation. It doesn’t have to be this way. The best tool
to combat both of these ills is a job. Engagement with the workforce is
one of the most rewarding experiences in life and that is no different
for men and women with disabilities.
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Mar 28 2012, 09:14 PM