Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 2, 2015
Some employers may be reluctant to hiring individuals with a disability for a couple of reasons:
Some may feel that the accommodations the employee will ask for will be expensive. They may think that because of the disability, the employee may ask for additional time off. They may be mis-informed and belive that an employee with a disability may not perform as well as a person without a disability. Their may assume others might feel uncomfortable around a person with a disability
All wrong! At AT&T, we offer several training classes for our employees, as well as training for our staffing and hiring managers to address these issues. The fact is:
Most accommodations, if needed, cost less than $500.
Studies have shown that employees with a disability have the same, if not better attendance.
Studies have shown that employees with a disability have the same, if not lower churn and error rates.
A disability is not always obvious or what you would typically think of. Most of us know someone with a disability, we just aren't aware.