People with disabilities have proven themselves valuable in the business of commerce. They have learned to compensate their shortcomings with other abilities just so they can get the job done. Sadly, not all companies have seen the importance of these people and the disabled still experience difficulty in landing a job. But there are some incentives for the company that may encourage them to employ people with disabilities.
- It says so in the law: There's no better motivation for a company to employ disabled workers than the law itself. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 Title I, employers should never let a person with disability be barred from receiving his rights and benefits as an employee. Moreover, companies should give a disabled person an equal opportunity for employment and avoid discrimination towards them in the workplace. Companies covered by this provision are those that have 15 or more employees, which include private employers, state and local government, and employment agencies.
- Support from the government: Companies that hire people with disabilities can receive tax benefits as support from the government. An example of this is the Small Business Tax Credit which is an annual tax credit used to make the business more accessible to disabled people. Some of the expenses covered include purchase of adaptive equipment, adjustment of equipment, employment of sign language interpreters, etc. The worker with disability, meanwhile, would get support from state vocational rehabilitation agencies, which can provide services related to the job.
- A positive image for the company: Employing people with disabilities shows that the company provides equal opportunity to everyone and by doing so abolishes discrimination. It gives off a more cordial feeling around the workplace and serves as inspiration to the industry.
- Service to society: Expanding the company's labor pool helps enhance its employment rate. People with disabilities who are working also help the economy. Plus, they get to interact and build relationships with more people. In a way, it is a positive move that benefits everyone.
- Utilizing the disabled workforce: The labor pool of the disabled is still considered "untapped" despite the huge employment number. Human resource personnel should learn and be prepared to recruit these people.
- An extensive range of user experience: With the help of disabled workers, the company may get to improve their services because they can better relate to customers who are also disabled. This is important because "$1 trillion of the annual aggregate consumer spending" is spent by disabled people.