Individuals with disabilities are high-performing employees, but they still face challenges in finding employment, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). To empower HR professionals to hire inclusively, SHRM and the SHRM Foundation have partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Delivering Jobs to bring awareness to the contributions of individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental differences, the organizations announcedOct. 22.
About 13% of U.S. workplaces have disability-specific inclusion initiatives, according to SHRM research published in May. By 2025, Delivering Jobs seeks to enable 1 million employment opportunities, SHRM said. The founding partners of the organization include the Special Olympics, Autism Speaks and Best Buddies.
"Research shows individuals who are differently abled bring tremendous perspective, talent and value as they help create a more inclusive workplace," Wendi Safstrom, executive director of the SHRM Foundation, said. "Inclusive hiring isn't just a nice thing to do. It's a good thing for society, our communities, families — and the business, too." FULL ARTICLE