Hiring someone with a disability is not an act of charity.
One of the hardest things about living with a disability means living with the assumptions people make. That’s why it’s important to understand that a candidate not to be defined by his or her disability, but would rather be treated for who they are as a person.
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 the ability rather than the disability.
My Workers' Compensation insurance rates will go up if I hire someone with a disability.
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.
Creating special accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.
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.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires me to hire someone that's unqualified just because he or she has a disability.
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.
Employees with disabilities are absent more often.
Studies show that employees with disabilities are not absent any more than employees without disabilities.
I could never fire an employee with a disability, even just for cause.
Employers can fire workers with disabilities under three conditions:
- Termination is unrelated to the disability, or
- He/she does not meet requirements for the job, such as performance or production standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, or
- Because of the employee’s disability, he/she poses a direct threat to health or safety in the workplace.