Getting Beyond the ‘Charity Model’: Tips for Recruiting Employees with Disabilities

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Few dispute research showing that a diverse workforce contributes to an employer’s success, but diversity efforts often don’t explore the benefits of recruiting people with disabilities. However, that’s beginning to change.

“We have certainly seen a shift,” says Kristine Foss, managing director with Disability Solutions, the consulting division of the nonprofit Ability Beyond. In her work, she specializes in creating customized plans for companies to hire and retain people with disabilities.

Foss says at one time, employers were more interested in the perceived risks of hiring someone with a disability, but employers are now beginning to think about the

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