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Misconception: “My company doesn’t have a lot of employees with disabilities”

Team Disclo
March 26, 2024

It is possible that your company does not have a high number of employees with disabilities, but it's important to note that many individuals with disabilities do not self-identify and may not disclose their disability to the employer. Additionally, some disabilities are not visible, and individuals may not wish to disclose them or may not feel that accommodations are necessary.

Concealment: Individuals with disabilities may choose not to disclose their disability due to fear of discrimination or stigma.

Accessibility issues: Some individuals may not consider your company as an accessible employer and may not apply for jobs in the first place.

Recruitment challenges: Your company's recruitment process may not be effectively reaching out to individuals with disabilities, whether in terms of the job postings themselves, the recruitment channels or the interview process.

Lack of accommodations: Some individuals may not see the value of disclosing their disability if they believe accommodations will not be provided or if they don't see any benefits in disclosing.

It's also worth noting that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are not allowed to ask about an applicant's disability during the hiring process unless the disability is obvious or if the employee volunteers the information. So, the absence of employees with disabilities does not necessarily mean that the company is not accommodating with them, but it could reflect a lack of outreach to potential applicants with disabilities or lack of accommodations offered to employees with disabilities.

While it's true that some organizations may not have a high number of employees with disabilities, it is important to ensure that the company is not engaging in discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and making sure that it is providing reasonable accommodations to any employees with disabilities when needed. The company should also strive to create an inclusive and accessible culture, and take steps to increase accessibility and reach out to potential employees with disabilities.

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