Hiring Workers with Disabilities
Makes Good Business Sense
One of the biggest challenges businesses consistently face is the shortage of talented and skilled employees. Individuals with disabilities, however, remain a significantly untapped workforce while representing the single largest minority group seeking employment in today's marketplace. Unemployment of people with disabilities is twice the national unemployment rate, yet many of these workers have the skills that your business values.
Employees with disabilities also represent a tremendous customer base; one billion people globally report having a disability, and people with disabilities in the U.S. control an aggregate annual income of more than $1 trillion. Including individuals with disabilities in your workforce can give your organization an inside advantage in marketing and outreach to this large consumer base.
In addition to the convincing facts supporting the business case for a diverse workforce, Maryland boasts countless success stories where employers reached out to these workers and experienced significant gains.
Acadia Windows & Doors LLC
has been producing, manufacturing, and selling windows and doors for over 70 years. In 1947, shortly after the end of World War II, the company was founded in a garage on route 40 in Rosedale. Since that time, the company continues a solid growth pattern in aluminum products while always looking for new innovative ways to bring quality products to the customer. One of the valued innovations harnessed by Acadia Windows and Doors was the discovery that a diverse workforce, which included individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, strengthened their business model.
Hear directly from Acadia Windows & Doors in the below video. You can also read further about the Business
Case for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities
on the Maryland Department of Disabilities website at this
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There are many ways to get involved! Maryland PROMISE is a federal grant working to improve outcomes for youth who receive federal benefits by providing summer work experiences. PROMISE is currently seeking
employers for summer placements. Click
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for further details.