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A new report on workplace disability inclusion found many human resources professionals and hiring managers are ill-prepared to hire, retain or advance individuals with disabilities.

The report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation and the social impact program Workplace Initiative by Understood traced this knowledge gap back to a lack of workplace training on disability inclusion programs and low awareness of the value that people with disabilities add.

Nearly all human resources professionals (97%) and people managers (92%) say employees with disabilities regularly perform the same or better than their peers without disabilities, yet:

* Sixty-one percent of managers and 50% of human resources professionals have never participated in disability inclusion training

* Less than 15% of organizations invest in disability inclusion initiatives at work

* Fifty -two percent of human resources professionals don't know or say their organizations don't train managers on disability awareness and/or disability sensitivity

"It's time we busted some myths about hiring people with disabilities," says SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM-SCP. "We're talking about a high-quality talent pool that remains untapped and underemployed for no good reason."

This research from the 2019 Employing Abilities @Work Research Report is part of the Employing Abilities @Work initiative, a partnership between the SHRM Foundation, SHRM and the Workplace Initiative.

As part of this initiative, SHRM and the Workplace Initiative will launch a new training for human resources professionals called the Employing Abilities @Work Certificate this month. This certificate will teach best practices in implementing disability inclusion.

For more information on the Employing Abilities @Work initiative, visit

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Date:Jan 1, 2020
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