2. Barriers and Challenges

Competitive Productivity & Communicating Benefits

Some employers are hesitant to employ people with disabilities due to fears they won't be as productive as a "typical" peer. Forums to educate business leaders might include: Chambers of Commerce, annual meetings for certain professional organizations, etc. Perhaps these presentations can be done in collaboration with local colleges who offer educational programs or majors related to disabilities, business, human resources or statistical research. Colleges or universities could add such presentations into their curriculum or independent study so undergrads or grad students can make these presentations. It provides a dual benefit: employers become more knowledgeable, and the student gains knowledge they can take with them into the workforce, making them more receptive to hiring people with disabilities.

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