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Hiring Persons with Disabilities
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, a 501c(3) non-profit, is committed to helping people with disabilities find work and succeed on the job. Goodwill builds relationships with employers in the community to help meet their staffing needs with Goodwill graduates including those with disabilities. Goodwill encourages employers to tap into this skilled labor pool for the benefit of what Arkansans with disabilities can do, and the value they bring to companies.
Hiring persons with disabilities makes good business sense
From the fact that employees with disabilities have above average records in job performance, attendance, dependability and safety, to the benefits of the diversity and vitality that Arkansans with disabilities bring to the workforce, employers can reap many benefits from employing Arkansans with disabilities.
Working with People with Disabilities
To help with your general understanding, we've compiled basic guidelines on speaking and writing about disabilities, helpful etiquette on relating to people with disabilities, and general information on people with disabilities in the workplace.
Myths and Facts About Employees with Disabilities
Myth: People with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than other employees and cannot be trained to perform a job as well as an employee without a disability.
Fact: A 30-year Dupont study indicates that employees with disabilities have above-average records in job performance, dependability, attendance and safety.
Myth: Hiring employees with disabilities increases workers compensation insurance rates.
Fact: Insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of the operation and the organization’s accident experience, not on whether workers have disabilities.
Myth: Considerable expense is necessary to accommodate workers with disabilities.
Fact: Most workers with disabilities require no special accommodations and the cost for those who do is minimal or much lower than many employers believe. Seventy-one percent of job accommodations suggested by the Job Accommodation Network cost less than $500.
For more information on how you can help change lives by hiring Goodwill graduates, call 501-372-5100.