Benefits of Hiring Those with Disabilities

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People with disabilities are an untapped target market for your products and services.

  • Individuals with disabilities are qualified and want to work.
  • As customers, they have an annual buying power of $3 trillion and aggregate income of $220 billion (customer base mirrors workforce).
  • Individuals with disabilities are the largest minority population; more than 65 million Americans, 20 million of working age.
  • This is a population that anyone can join at any time; only 18% are born with a disability.
  • Particularly for Federal contractors, the ADA Amendments Act and changing compliance requirements make inclusion a business imperative.
  • Business has more jobs than people – with an impending labor shortage of 10 million by 2015.
  • Even today, there is a lack of skilled and qualified workers in the US. The DC metro region’s workforce is currently experiencing a skills shortage.
  • By 2025, it is expected that the Greater Washington region will have created 555,500 new jobs. (Source: NPA Data Services. 2007)
  • Baby boomer retirement creates vacancies to fill; and companies wishing to retain them will see this population encounter disabilities as they age.
  • Between 2007 and 2025, over 275,000 people living in our region will enter retirement. (Source: BLS. 2007)
  • Employers with high turnover will see cost savings through retention of this loyal workforce.
  • Returning veterans (wounded warriors and non-disabled) expect to reenter the workforce.
  • 10,000,000 Americans who are living with a disability today have a college degree.
  • 40-45% of college graduates with disabilities are unemployed.
  • Business recognizes the value of diversity and will benefit by expanding diversity to include people with disabilities.
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