Dispelling the Myths – Facts & Figures (Joe Dale)

Some barriers facing job seekers who have a disability involve myths about the difficulty of including them in the workplace.

Dispelling the Myths – Facts & Figures

(From “Six Steps to Marketing Employment for People Who Have a Disability” by Joe Dale,
October 2002)

1. Employees who have a disability rate average or above average in performance ratings.

2. A Harris study showed that 46% of employers say that workers who have a disability work harder than
other workers.

3. Over two-thirds of job accommodations cost less than $500.

4. Less than 4% of people who have a disability require any physical accommodations at all.

5. Less than 2% of people who have a disability use a wheelchair or scooter as their primary mode of
transportation.

6. According to a DuPont survey of employees, those who have a disability have average or above average
attendance records.

7. 97% of workers who have a disability rate as average to above average in terms of safety on the job.

8. A UK study showed that people who have a disability, their family and close relations comprise 25% of the
marketplace.

9. Hiring workers who have a disability does not adversely affect an employer’s WSIB premiums

10. Workers who have a disability are 5x’s more likely to stay on the job than people who do not have a
disability.

11. A Harris study found that 39% of workers who have a disability to be more reliable than other workers.

12. 15% of the Canadian population has a disability.

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