Myth #1: “Accommodations are too expensive!”
- Most accommodations (81%) cost under $100 and in 2003, 73% of employers found that their employees with disabilities did not require accommodations. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida found that accommodations made for employees with disabilities benefited its existing aging workforce.
- Walgreens’ Anderson, South Carolina Distribution Center found the training and technologies that help workers with disabilities do their jobs help all employees do their jobs better.
Myth #2: “My Workers’ Compensation Rates will be affected!”
- Workers’ Compensation rates are based on the nature of the business, the jobs employees perform and use of benefits. People with disabilities have not been found to increase workers’ compensation rates.
- Walgreens’ Anderson, South Carolina Distribution Center employs 185 workers who have disabilities (43% of the workforce). Over the course of 9 months, Walgreens saved $17,000 due to fewer incidents caused by its employees with disabilities. Incidents that occurred were less costly, there was less property damage and the workers with disabilities returned to work in less time.
Myth #3: “They cannot perform the job!”
- A 1990 DuPont study which involved 2,745 employees with disabilities found that 92% of employees with disabilities rated average or better in job performance compared to 90% of employees without disabilities.
Myth #4: “They all quit!”
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Workforce Preparation found that hiring a worker with a disability is both a retention and an employment strategy – workers with disabilities have higher than average retention rates and company loyalty.
- Marketing studies in 2003 found that 54% of households patronize businesses that feature people with disabilities in their ads. Disability friendly businesses earn the lucrative and loyal patronage of people with disabilities, their families and friends.
Don’t let fear and uncertainty keep you from hiring people with different abilities!