"Reasons to Hire Developmentally Disabled Employees" by Pete Economy

1. Employers love them

They win over employers' (and customers') hearts with their sincere smiles and willingness to do anything to help. Employers report that their disabled employees have a great propensity to remain open to new ideas and listen.

2. Increased profits

The majority of employers who have made the leap and hired a disabled employee have seen a positive impact on productivity and profitability.

3. They have staying power

Unlike their job-hopping peers, the developmentally disabled are grateful to have a job and do not seek new employment regularly. Think of the money saved not having to go through yet another hiring and training process.

4. They want to succeed

Employers agree that these employees are committed to their work and dedicated to the company and exhibit a very strong desire to succeed and regularly seek more responsibility.

5. They're reliable

They were rated higher on less sick days, arriving on time for work daily, and returning on time from breaks than their co-workers.

6. They're productive

Employers have enthusiastically indicated that they continually meet or exceed the performance of their peers, increasing company profitability.

7. They continue to improve

Their work performance improves steadily over time. Even those workers with more profound disabilities have shown great improvement--contributing to the bottom line.

8. They are happy to Work

No attitudes here. Employers report that they are extremely satisfied with their developmentally disabled employees because they truly love their jobs, embrace the opportunity to help the company grow, and respect authority.

9. They inspire others

Employers have witnessed camaraderie and a positive effect on their entire staff. Co-workers seem much more open to teamwork when a developmentally disabled employee is on their team. They have also witnessed other employees enthusiastically helping disabled employees be successful.

10. Customers like them

A survey conducted by the Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity revealed that 93 percent of customers said they preferred to purchase from a company that employed individuals with disabilities.

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