October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This is a time to reflect on how far our country has come in prioritizing employment for individuals with disabilities. It is also a time to consider methods for continued improvement. According to the 2014 Disability Status Report by the Cornell University Yang Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, the number of individuals with disabilities who were employed in the United States was 34.99%. People without a disability were employed at a rate of 77.69%. The rates for full-time employment were significantly lower.
The Outcomes Service works with employees and employers to increase opportunities for success in the workplace. Outcomes has resources for employers interested in learning more about diversifying their workforce and why diversification is good for their businesses. In a May 2016 press release, Jennifer Sheehy Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy stated, “By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges.”