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5 Ways Workplaces Can Be More Disability-Friendly

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, but the intersection between disability and employment is important to be mindful of all year.  As of 2020, people with disabilities in the United States have a 12.6 percent unemployment rate — nearly five percent higher than the unemployment rate for their able-bodied counterparts. This disparity exists largely due to workplace ableism and reluctance to hire and accommodate people with disabilities.  Workplaces of all types need to become more disability-friendly in order to retain employees with disabilities, so here are five things employers can do year-round to make their workplace more welcoming to disabled workers.

1. Set realistic productivity expectations for all employees.

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, but the intersection between disability and employment is important to be mindful of all year.  As of 2020, people with disabilities in the United States have a 12.6 percent unemployment rate — nearly five percent higher than the unemployment rate for their able-bodied counterparts. This disparity exists largely due to workplace ableism and reluctance to hire and accommodate people with disabilities.  Workplaces of all types need to become more disability-friendly in order to retain employees with disabilities, so here are five things employers can do year-round to make their workplace more welcoming to disabled workers.
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