The Cornell Just-in-Time Toolkit for Managers

Tips, checklists, and resources to help managers lead a disability inclusive workforce.

Topic #1
Disability is Diversity:
The Case for Disability Inclusiveness
1. It is likely that talent will be harder to get and keep in the near future.
2. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), managers must hire a certain number of individuals with disabilities.
3. Individuals with disabilities represent the third largest minority group in our country today.
4. In the future, there will be fewer individuals with disabilities in the workforce because of improvements in medical treatments.
5. Our workforce is aging; the average age of the U.S. workforce is rising.
6. Over 90% of customers surveyed say they prefer to patronize businesses who employ individuals with disabilities.
7. Assistive technologies, such as screen magnifiers, text-to-speech software and real-time web-based sign language interpretation are becoming more effective and less costly.
8. Most diversity plans clearly include individuals with disabilities.
9. Many disabilities are “invisible” or not obvious to others.
10. As a manager, you must be able to deal with all disability-related issues on your own.