/ Asked by Latricia
Why are employers reluctant when it comes to hiring individuals with disabilities? A disability can be loss of hearing in one ear, or walking with a cane, maybe even vision in one eye only.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Friday, January 9, 2015
A person with a disablity is to be included in the world of work as an equal to any other person and to possess all the pivileges that come with employment.  With ADA now in place this has helped level the playing field for people with disabilities.  Some employers might feel there is a fear of potential unknown costs such as accommodations.  I would think if this is the case employers are jumping to the wrong conclusion.  The good news is that rarely would companies need to spend large sums of money to meet ADA requirements.  Perhaps larger public companies would be less reluctant when it comes to hring individuals with disabilities.  They might be more progressive than a small private company.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 16, 2015
If you encounter employers who seem to be reluctant to hire someone with a disability, then that is probably not an employer that you want to be at anyway.  The best companies are those that value and pursue a diverse and inclusive culture.  This includes embracing employees and candidates with disabilities and the value they bring to a company and its culture.  In 2015, the US government is mandating to companies that are federal contractors that they take action to recruit individuals with disabilities.  Therefore, it is likley you will encounter fewer and fewer companies who possess the reluctance that you described above, and this year should be one in which we see progress for employment of individuals with disabilities.
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.
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