Steps to Creating an Accessible Workplace

May 25, 2017

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Studies produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Labor show that hiring people with disabilities is good for both the bottom line and employee morale. These studies also debunk a commonly held myth that providing accommodations for these employees is expensive. If your business is interested in joining the ranks of companies like Walgreens, Northrup Grumman and Sea World, which are well-known for hiring people with unique abilities, here are some steps you can take to become more accessible to employees with disabilities.

Work with Job Training Organizations

There are many job training organizations throughout the state that provide educational tools and resources to individuals with unique abilities, helping them excel in today’s workforce. These organizations’ networks allow employers to connect with special job seekers. Check out the list of Florida Unique Abilities Partners that are committed to strengthening their communities and Florida’s economy.

Provide the Tools Needed for Success  

Supplying employees with the proper technological tools to work is a key component in creating an accessible environment. It is important to remember that each situation is unique, and offering proper assistance tailored to each employee’s needs is crucial for success in the workplace.

Make Disability Awareness Part of Your Company Mission

Creating an accessible environment is more than just granting employment opportunities and resources to individuals with unique abilities. It is about making a conscious effort to educate employees, clients and consumers on why it is important to help change the perception on hiring people with special needs. The added benefits that these individuals can bring to the workforce is limitless.

The Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program recognizes businesses that are committed to providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities and to assisting organizations that support them. For more information on how to join the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program, please click here.   

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