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Oregon Disability Employment Awareness Month - October 2011
    Monica wanted to work in an office environment. There was a community perception that Monica wouldn't be able to perform to the level of non -disabled workers.

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    The 2011 theme for Oregon Disability Employment Awareness Month is "profit by investing in workers with disabilities." The celebration highlights the important contributions citizens with disabilities make to our society. It also encourages public and private employers to open the doors of opportunity to people with disabilities by welcoming them into the workplace.


    October 2011 is Disability
    Employment Awareness Month

    Get the facts About hiring people with disabilities

    • Employees with disabilities don't increase workers compensation insurance rate
    • The majority of workers with disabilities do not need accommodations to perform their jobs
    • Workers with disabilities do not have higher rates of absenteeism than their peers
    • The ADA does not require hiring of unqualified candidates with disabilities

    For people with disabilities

    For Employers

    Did you know?

    87% of consumers prefer to give their business to companies that employ people with disabilities

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    58% of people with disabilities own their own homes

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    People with disabilities are the largest minority population in the United States

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    Oregon has 300,000 working age people with disabilities

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    Unemployment for adults with developmental disabilities in Oregon is 80%

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    The average cost of a job accommodation is $600 and 30% cost nothing. Tax incentives may cover the cost.

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    Tax incentives are available to help businesses cover accessibility costs

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    Improving access under the Americans with Disabilities Act increased revenues in the hotel and hospitality industry by 12%

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