Employers Still Have Low Expectations Of Workers With Disabilities,
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 7, 2006
ATLANTA, GEORGIA--Most Atlanta businesses are reluctant to hire people with disabilities, primarily because of misplaced fears and the mistaken belief that they cannot do the work, a survey has revealed.
The Bobby Dodd Institute, a local employment services provider and consultancy, interviewed 200 human resource decision makers from large and small businesses in the Atlanta area. Respondents were asked to give feedback on their hiring and training practices, perceived unemployment rate, employer barriers and costs associated with workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities.
According to a BDI press release, nearly 90 percent of small companies and 75 percent of large companies had no employees with developmental disabilities on their workforce, while nearly one-third of large companies and 60 percent of small companies did not employ any workers with physical disabilities.
Among the study's primary findings was that many respondents failed to hire people with disabilities because they believed that such workers could not perform the required tasks; that making workplace accommodations would be costly; and that hirers lacked knowledge about people with disabilities.
"While Atlanta business leaders continually embrace the call to create a diverse workforce, people with disabilities are consistently left out of the employment mix," said Wayne McMillan, president and CEO of BDI.
The authors noted that the results of the survey are in line with national trends.
"Survey Reveals Nearly Half of Atlanta Businesses View People With Disabilities as Lacking Employable Qualities" (Bobby Dodd Institute)