Facts About Disability
of People with Disabilities
The figures (2001) from the U.S. Census Bureau show there
are now 52.6 (19.7%) million Americans have some level of disability. 33.0
million people (12.3%) have a severe disability
Employers Reactions to Workers with Disabilities
managers were interviewed by the Harris Poll and they had this to say about
people with disabilities who worked for them:
· Nineteen out of twenty managers give employees with
disabilities a “good” or “excellent” rating on their job performance. They say
employees with disabilities work as hard or harder than their employees who do
not have disabilities.
· Thirty-nine percent of line managers rate employees with
disabilities as better on attendance and punctuality than employees without
disabilities, and 40% rate them about the same.
· The average cost of hiring people with disabilities is the
same as hiring a person without a disability, according to three-quarters of the
· However, only 43% of EEO officers say that their companies
have hired people with disabilities.
· Three out of every four managers say that people with
disabilities often encounter discrimination from employers.
Cost of Accommodation
to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the President’s Committee
on Employment of People with Disabilities:
20% - No cost
51% - Between $1 and $500
11% - Between $501 and $1000
3% - Between $1001 and $1500
3% - Between $1501 and $2000
8% - Between $2001 and $2500
4% - Greater than $5000
Average cost of a job accommodation for a person with a disability is $200.
dollar an employer spends for a disability –related job accommodation, the
company saves $34 (e.g., workers compensation and other insurance savings,
training of new employees, increased productivity.)
Economics of Disability
Each year, the federal government spends 40 times more money to support
people with disabilities NOT working than it spends to assist them to prepare
for or find employment. The lack of labor force participation of people with
disabilities costs our nation’s economy over $200 billion annually.
High School dropout rates:
students with a disability do not graduate high school.
students without a disability do not graduate.
College graduation rates:
students with a disability graduate
students with no disability graduate