Top Employers for Hiring Disabled Talent

Oct. 16, 2018
"We need hiring and recruiting managers to look closer at their abilities and consider this largely untapped talent pool."

As October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we are taking a look at companies who are leading the way in hiring people with disabilities. 

The National Organization on Disability (NOD), recently announced the 2018 Leading Disability Employers and this slideshow focuses on the manufacturing companies that made that list.

Also this month, NOD launched a “Look Closer” campaign to urge employers and recruiters to consider the "tenacity and perseverance of people with disabilities when hiring new talent." The campaign highlights the 20 million Americans with disabilities who are innovative and know how to get things done—but are not employed.

The campaign has the support of nine companies, which together employ more than one million people and earn annual revenues topping $250 billion. They have pledged their commitment to advance disability inclusion within their own workplaces.

“Millions of Americans with disabilities are ready to work,” said Governor Tom Ridge, NOD Chairman and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. “We need hiring and recruiting managers to look closer at their abilities and consider this largely untapped talent pool. There is a reason for optimism. Today’s strong economy is forcing employers to consider talent that they might previously have overlooked. We all must ‘Look Closer’ and recognize the extraordinary talents of people with disabilities.”

About the Author

Adrienne Selko | Senior Editor

Focus: Workforce, Talent 

Follow Me on Twitter: @ASelkoIW

Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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