Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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The Business Case

02/02/17

(ThinkBeyondtheLabel.com)

Hiring a qualified person with a disability brings greater benefits beyond filling an open job – it makes sense for business! Here are just a few points of impact for your business:

Reason #1: Return on Investment (ROI)

Businesses that employ people with disabilities turn social issues into business opportunities. These opportunities translate into lower costs, higher revenues and increased profits. Capitalize on the ROI of employing people with disabilities:

INCREASE REVENUES

• Access new markets

• Improve productivity through innovative and effective ways of doing business

REDUCE COSTS

• Reduce hiring and training costs

• Increase retention

ENHANCE SHAREHOLDER VALUE

 • Capitalize on opportunities to meet business goals

Reason #2: Marketing

Customers with disabilities and their families, friends and associates represent a trillion dollar market segment, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Disability Employment  Policy’s AskEarn.org. They, like other market segments, purchase products and services from companies that best meet their needs.

  CAPITALIZE ON NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

 • Mirror the market to attract a wider customer base

 • Increase your market share

DEVELOP NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 • Respond to marketplace needs

• Lead your market

• Increase profitability

Reason #3: Innovation

Innovation is key to the success of your business. Employees with disabilities bring unique experiences and understanding that transform a workplace and enhance products and services. When individuals with disabilities integrate into your team they can bring these experiences to bear, helping to build your business and lead your company into the future, together.

WORKPLACE INNOVATION

 • Create more efficient and effective business processes

• Develop and implement management strategies to attract and retain qualified talent

• Use technology in new ways to increase productivity

 PRODUCT AND SERVICE INNOVATION

 • Stimulate new product and service development through disability-inclusive diverse teams

• Customize products and services to increase profitability

  DEFINE THE FUTURE

 • Foster the development of next-generation products and services

(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy)