This article appeared on Forbes.com on 9/13/18
By: John M. O'Connor
John M. O'Connor
is a multi-year career coach, outplacement and career services leader based in North Carolina.
"To create that accommodation would cost our business a lot of money. I know we could and should do it, but it's not in our budget."
"People with disabilities have so many needs and medical issues, sometimes it's just hard to integrate them into our work and still stay on task."
"You don't know how hard it is to work in an environment where some people are blind."
These comments, uttered off the record by people with leadership authority in both small and large enterprises, dishearten me. Nearly 13% of the American population has a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest
. Speaking personally, I have a 20-year-old son with special needs who would be positively impacted by more acceptance and tolerance, and who I believe brings hidden talents and gifts to the table that should not be ignored. To continue reading this article
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