Almost half of the HR professionals and managers involved in the 2019 study believed many roles could not be performed by someone with a disability. These beliefs may be preventing this talented cohort from being recruited, hired or promoted for one of the 7 million roles in the US employers struggle to fill.
The situation globally does not appear to be much better. Even the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs struggled to find data on persons with disabilities and their employment rates. Data that does exist often relates to specific industries or companies. The UN have found some information enabling them to estimate unemployment rates for people with disabilities in developing countries between 80% and 90% and 50% and 70% in developed economies. Much greater than average rates of unemployment.
Over the last year we have looked at many ways in which international HR teams can integrate people with disabilities into teams so they have the same opportunities as everyone else to work at home or on expat assignment: