The Truth

Changing the way you think.

Hiring a qualified person with a disability brings greater benefits than just filling an open job. Yet, many employers have false perceptions preventing them from seeing ability instead of disability.

 

Myth Buster #1

Perception

My Workers' Compensation insurance rates will go up if I hire someone with a disability.

Fact

Insurance rates are based on your organization’s accident record along with the hazards of the occupation in question. It is not based on whether you have workers with disabilities.

 

Myth Buster #2

Perception

Creating special accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.

Fact

Most workers with disabilities do not need special equipment or accommodations. For those who do, most require accommodations that cost less than $500 or, in may cases, nothing at all. There are also tax incentives to help cover accessibility costs.

 

Myth Buster #3

Perception

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires me to hire someone that's unqualified just because he or she has a disability.

Fact

The ADA does not protect unqualified candidates. To be protected from discrimination, they must first meet all requirements for a job and be able to perform the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Myth Buster #4

Perception

Employees with disabilities are absent more often.

Fact

Studies show that employees with disabilities are not absent any more than employees without disabilities.

 

Perception

I could never fire an employee with a disability, even just for cause.

Fact

Employers can fire workers with disabilities under three conditions:

  1. Termination is unrelated to the disability, or
  2. He/she does not meet requirements for the job, such as performance or production standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, or
  3. Because of the employee’s disability, he/she poses a direct threat to health or safety in the workplace.


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