ADA Blog


ADA Blog #135

Everyone wins when people become tax payers rather than tax depleters.

As of Sept. 12th, the unemployment rate for America’s population with disabilities was 13.5%, down nearly three points from the same period last year but almost double the rate for the population without disabilities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the Center for Workforce Properties, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "...placing 10 people with severe disabilities in jobs costs the federal government $120,000, but saves taxpayers $470,000 per year in reduced social services."

October is recognized as “National Disability Employment Month”, consider informing your personnel, especially hiring managers, of the following:

  1. One in five people in the United States has some form of disability, and others will develop a disability as they age.
  2. Employers who want to retain trained employees will adjust their work-spaces to accommodate those valued employees especially because the older you get, the more you need some type of assistance. Successful retention often embraces differences rather than similarities of valued employees. 

  3. Employers who make accommodations for their workforce put all employees at ease because it lets them know they're likely to get help if they ever need it.
  4. Consumers are more likely to give their business to a company that hires people with disabilities, according to a national survey by the U.S. Department of Labor.


This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.