A New Way to Help People with Disabilities Keep Their Jobs

A young man serving a drink while working as a baristaI’ve written a fair amount of blog posts over the years encouraging employers to hire people who have disabilities, and I’ve also filled out plenty of surveys about what it’s like to be a person with a disability looking for work. This is the first time I’ve heard of a survey asking employers to share their experiences hiring and/or managing people with disabilities: The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) is currently conducting a survey to learn what helps people with disabilities keep their jobs. They say survey results will help guide services to people with physical disabilities to improve employment outcomes. From their press release:

The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act provides an opportunity to look at the progress we’ve made as a nation, and to identify issues that require our continuing efforts.

As a person with a disability who has enjoyed many years of employment here at Easterseals, I’m glad to hear there is interest in discovering ways to help me and other people with disabilities keep our jobs. I’m very interested in what might be learned from this survey, and I know I’m not alone. If you are a qualified employer or manager, maybe time off at home during the holidays will leave you with 30 free minutes to fill it out. Please share the link and QR code with your business networks as well — thanks.


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  1. Tree Topping Says:

    I am glad to hear this. It would be very productive for both parties if they work together.

  2. Richard staney Says:

    I would like more info on hearing and keeping employment and employer happy.
    I work in a large facility with machines and I have a radio that I’m to use but as time goes on my hearing is gotten so much worse.
    I had a pair for a while till my cat and dog teamed up only for them to wind up in my dogs stomach.
    Only to be left with little pieces of plastic on my floor where about I placed them on my side board next to the bed….
    It’s been a long time for me to be without them as they are needed so bad.
    I’m afraid my wife is going to file for divorce if I don’t do something about my problem.
    I don’t make a lot and everything I do make just about covers my bills.
    Please send me some info on the programs that will fit my needs.

    Thank you
    Tremonton Utah

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