According to a recent article in Disability Scoop “Corporate America is increasingly working to include people with disabilities with a new report finding that a growing number of companies are actively recruiting from this population.
In a survey of 110 companies that collectively account for 5 percent of the nation’s workforce, 95 percent reported that they have recruitment efforts in place specifically aimed at hiring people with disabilities.
That’s an increase of 11 percentage points since 2014.”
Companies in the survey included Starbucks, Walgreens, AT&T, Microsoft, Boeing, Aetna and Bank of America.
We need to make sure that students with disabilities are job ready so they can apply for the jobs they are interested in with an established skill set. This is a process that ideally should begin in middle school.
1. Allow students to explore what career might interest them.
2. Allow students to learn and practice real job skills.
3. Complete work performance benchmarks so that students can confidently apply for open positions.