Biggest Concern in Workplace: Attitude

In an article Barriers for Disabled at Work, “disabled people say their biggest concern in the workplace isn’t accessibility; it’s attitude.”  (Komp, 2006)  “Impressing a potential employer during an interview and getting a good job offer is difficult for many. But for those with disabilities — who must prove they are as qualified as non-disabled candidates — finding any job has its own challenges.

When Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 15 years ago, supporters hoped the equity legislation would increase disabled peoples’ opportunities for employment. But, according to researchers at Cornell University, the employment rate for people with disabilities peaked around 25 percent in the 1990s before dropping below 20 percent by 2004.”  (Komp, 2006)



What do you believe is a barrier?

Walgeens More Than a Drugstore

The Distribution Center for Walgreen’s located in Windsor, Conn is proving more than just a facility that ships its retail merchandise to other stores… here the company has taken major steps in the advancement of hiring workers with disabilities.  CNN Newsroom has the complete story

{Story provided by one of our RAEN members, Jeanne B.}

Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities – a Beginning

In an article by Aetna, “People with disabilities face barriers daily. Often, according to research the most difficult barrier to overcome is dealing with the attitudes of other people regarding people with disabilities. Whether born from ignorance, fear, misunderstanding or hate, these attitudes and perceptions can become barriers to employment for people with disabilities. The most pervasive negative attitude is focusing on a person’s disability rather than on the person’s talent.” (Aetna, 2010)

The agencies that work with the Rochester Area Employment Network (RAEN) strive to assist individuals in overcoming these barriers and seek to employ many individuals with disabilities.

I would like this blog to be an open forum for not only fo RAEN members, service providers and employers, but also individuals with disabilities.