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Best Practices for Hiring and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

New research from the Working Mother Research Institute looks at what holds employees with disabilities back and finds clear opportunities for employers to improve their practices.

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Employers committed to hiring and developing people with disabilities need to create a culture of investigation and collaboration.


Nineteen percent of Americans have disabilities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While some disabilities are obvious, others are hidden—and many workers tell us that they try their best to keep their disabilities hidden for fear that misperceptions and stigma will keep them from getting a job or will limit their options once they are hired.

To find out what truly holds working people with disabilities back and where clear opportunity for improvement lies, we surveyed 1,882 employees in the United States, 1,368 of whom identify themselves as having a disability. We asked about the recruiting process they experienced; whether, how and why they requested an accommodation and what happened next; and how satisfied they are with their current employer and their opportunities to advance.

Read the whole report here: Disabilities in the Workplace: The Working Mother Report

Read the feature article about the results and inspiring moms and women who don't let disability stifle their careers here.


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