Hire the disabled

Posted Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Goodwill calls on all local employers to join us in making a commitment to hire qualified people with disabilities.

The unemployment rate among adults with disabilities is 14.1 percent — nearly twice that of people without disabilities.

Employing Americans with disabilities isn’t about charity. Most employers report no cost or very low costs associated with making workplace accommodations for people with disabilities.

Those who do make accommodations report multiple benefits, including improved employee retention, increased worker productivity and ultimately cost savings due to reduced turnover.

At Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, we know firsthand the benefits of having an inclusive staff and believe that all people deserve to be integrated into the workforce. More than 1,200 people found jobs in 2012 through Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, making important contributions to our workplace each day.

To mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Goodwill stands with the U.S. Department of Labor and encourages companies and organizations to build more inclusive business cultures that value diversity and encourage leaders to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities.

In the end, everyone will benefit.

— David Cox, president and CEO,

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth

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