The sad reality is all too many employers still buy into the outdated notion that hiring a person with a disability is an act of charity. This persistent misperception is a big part of the reason that only about 29 percent of people of working age with disabilities are employed compared with 70 percent of the rest of the working-age population.
Personal experience is the most effective tool for shattering destructive stereotypes. Businesses that include job seekers with disabilities in their work-experience opportunities learn firsthand the unique skills and talents that these employees bring to the workplace.
Smart employers and successful employees with disabilities throughout Florida are setting the example for diverse, inclusive workforces and hiring practices. Check out their inspiring stories.