Are you disabled and finding it is unnecessarily difficult to land the right job? Don’t worry; you’re not alone.
According to the latest numbers from CNN, only 41.1% of Americans with a disability are employed, as opposed to 79.1% of non-disabled Americans. Some of these candidates with a disability are highly qualified for the positions they are applying for, but they aren’t given the chance due to their condition.
Want to know what’s even worse? The people with a disability who do have jobs are actually making much less money. The average annual earnings for a disabled employee is $23,532. Compare that to the $32,688 that employees without a disability receive and you’ll start to see a huge divide.
Um… Something’s obviously not right here.
Gladly, we weren’t the only ones who felt something needed to be done. Businesses are beginning to take this problem head-on by standing up for people with disabilities. After doing some research, 101 Mobility® compiled a list of 6 companies that put an emphasis on hiring people of all abilities.
Check out the Top 6 Companies that hire people with disabilities:
1. IBM Corporation
IBM Corporation (which stands for “International Business Machines”) leads the pack when it comes to being disability-friendly. The company is an American technology and consulting company and puts a heavy emphasis on recruiting/hiring/retaining workers with disabilities. IBM even requires all employees to participate in a disability awareness training program.
Want to look for a job at IBM? Check out their openings here.
2. Proctor & Gamble
Proctor & Gamble – the owner of brands such as Crest, Tide, Folgers, and Head & Shoulders – is a multinational manufacturer of a wide assortment of products. The company also caters to a wide assortment of abilities by offering a People with Disabilities Employee Group to encourage an inclusive workplace.
Want to look for a job at Proctor & Gamble? Check out their openings here.
3. Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm, has received awards from the publication DiversityInc for its efforts in hiring employees with disabilities. The company offers disability awareness training for all of its employees, as well as alternative career tracks and the opportunity to telecommute.
Want to look for a job at Ernst & Young? Check out their openings here.
4. Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems is an American multinational technology company that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment. The company makes the disability-friendly list for offering alternative career tracks and telecommuting opportunities to disabled employees. They even offer healthcare incentives, as well as onsite health centers and pharmacies.
Want to look for a job at Cisco Systems? Check out their openings here.
5. S.C. Johnson
S.C. Johnson is a fifth-generation family company that’s responsible for many leading global household brands, such as Glade, Pledge, Windex, and OFF!. Where disabilities are concerned, S.C. Johnson has assembled an Abilities First Council to support/advocate for their disabled employees. They also have many additional programs in place to recruit, hire, and train employees with a disability.
Want to look for a job at S.C. Johnson? Check out their openings here.
Sodexo is a multinational food services and facilities management corporation. The company is especially noteworthy due to its SOAR program, which stands for “Sodexo Organization of disAbilities Resources.” This group provides disability awareness training, as well as serves to hire and retain employees with a disability.
Want to look for a job at Sodexo? Check out their openings here.
Do you have another company that you would add to this list? Or perhaps you’d like to tell us about your experience looking for a job. Let us know by leaving a comment below!
About 101 Mobility®
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