When Hiring, Think Beyond Labels

Misconceptions can be a huge barrier for individuals with disabilities. There is a wide range of diversity within the disability community and many disabilities are non-apparent, an estimated 80% are not visible. The Huffington Post has an excellent article on their blog written by Think Beyond the Label’s Barbara Otto. In it, she urges companies to hire individuals with disabilities that are experienced and well educated.

Think Beyond the Mailroom for Disability Hiring
I love the excitement and passion emanating from the new I’m In To Hire Campaign led by Best Buddies. It makes perfect sense to ask businesses to take a pledge to hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for jobs they need to fill, particularly during National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. But to be clear, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities make up just a small portion of the talent pool of skilled workers with disabilities in America. In fact, the majority of people with disabilities in America are job-ready, college-educated and experienced professionals… Read more