There are plenty of misconceptions about hiring persons with cognitive or physical disabilities. Many of those myths are a result of a lack of experience in working with or very little exposure to persons with disabilities. The reality is that they are motivated individuals who are hungry for meaningful work and can help you meet your organizational goals and add to your company's overall culture.
We'd like to clear up some of those misconceptions and set the record straight. It's time to learn about the benefits of hiring someone with a disability.
Myth: Persons with disabilities need to be protected from failing.
Fact: Persons with disabilities have a right to participate in the full range of human experiences, including success AND failure. Employers should have the same expectations and work requirements for all employees.
Myth: Persons with disabilities are inspirational, courageous, and brave for being able to overcome their disability.
Fact: Persons with disabilities are simply carrying on regular activities of living when they drive to work, go grocery shopping, pay their bills or compete in athletic events.
Myth: Hiring employees with disabilities increases worker’s compensation insurance rates.
Fact: Those insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of an operation and an organization’s accident experience; they have nothing to do with the cognitive or physical ability of your employees.
Myth: Persons with disabilities are unable to meet performance standards and are employment risks.
Fact: Numerous studies indicate the exact opposite to be true. In fact, In 1990, DuPont conducted a survey of 811 employees with disabilities and found 90% rated average or better in job performance compared to 95% for employees without disabilities. A similar 1981 DuPont study which involved 2,745 employees with disabilities found that 92% of employees with disabilities rated average or better in job performance compared to 90% of employees without disabilities.
Myth: Persons with disabilities have problems getting to work.
Fact: Persons with disabilities are capable of supplying their own transportation by choosing to walk, use a car pool, drive, take public transportation or a cab. Their modes of transportation to work are as varied as those of other employees.
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. Studies by the President’s Committee's Job Accommodation Network have shown that 15% of accommodations cost nothing, 51% cost between $1 and $500, 12% cost between $501 and $1000 For a closer look at Tax Incentives, please click HERE.
Myth: Employees with disabilities are more likely to have accidents on the job than employees without disabilities.
Fact: In the 1990 DuPont study, the safety records of both groups were identical.
Myth: Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than employees without disabilities
Fact: Studies by firms, such as DuPont, show that employees with disabilities are not absent any more than employees without disabilities.
At ECVC, there are no shortage of qualified employees who are eager and willing to work for you. But just who is an ECVC Employee?
Self-Motivated | Dependable | Dedicated | Hardworking | Productive
Additionally, all ECVC employees are screened, matched, and trained by our knowledgeable employment specialists at no cost to you. Our job is to find the employment candidate that will enhance your company's growth, success and culture. It isn't about what you can do for them, it's about what they can do for you!
Since 1965, we've successfully placed countless individuals into meaningful employment. Take a look at some of the organizations who have hired from ECVC.
501 Fresh • The Action Group • Aeropostle • Alliance One • Ann’s House of Nuts • Aramark • Arby’s • ASG • Atlantic Care, Inc. • Atlas Cleaning • Best Western • Boli’s On The Boulevard • Bojangles • Burger King • Burlington Coat Factory • Candlewood Inn • Champion Fitness • Cherry’s Tree Service • Christ Presbyterian Church • CiCi’s Pizza • City Hotel • The City of Greenville • Comfort Inn • Cracker Barrel • Cubbie’s • Daily Reflector • Domino's • FedEx • Food Lion • Golden Corral • Golden Living • Greenville Convention Center • Habitat for Humanity • Harmony House Foods • Holden Temporaries • Holiday Inn • Hope Station • International House of Pancakes (IHOP) • Jimmy John’s • Kentucky Fried Chicken • Kinetic Physical Therapy • Logan's Steak House • Lowes Foods • Maxway • McDonald’s • MegaForce • Mellow Mushroom • Michael's • Microtel • Minges Bottling Company • My Sister's Closet • Morgan's Tavern & Grill • New River Pottery • O’Charley’s • Olive Garden • Papa John’s • PCMH • Piggly Wiggly • Pizza Inn • Quality Inn • Ray Of Hope • Rep Express • Sally's Kindercare • Sam’s Club • Save-A-Lot • The Sea Horse • Secure Watch • Seniors Living at Home • Sheetz • Sonic • Southern Living • Taco Bell • Target • Toy’s R Us • Walgreens • Wendy’s • Winslow’s Tavern