October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Currently around 10% of the world's population, or roughly 650 million people, live with a disability.

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Disability Awareness in the Workplace with The Employers’ Association

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Employment Facts


  • An estimated one in five people in the U.S. live with some form of disability.
  • The global collective spending power of people with disabilities and their families is estimated to be nearly $8 trillion dollars.
  • People are more likely to buy from brands who reflect their own values.


  • Businesses who meet the needs of consumers with a disability understand the economic benefits and as a result are more competitive and profitable.
  • Communities with inclusive workforces realize higher productivity, buying power, tax revenues, and a lower number of persons who are dependent on social welfare programs.


  • Becoming a disability-friendly employer opens your organization up to an untapped talent pool and a far broader customer base.
  • With support, employees with disabilities can be just as productive as their colleagues and more loyal to their employers.
  • Among the unemployed, 2 out of 3 want to work. (Source: N.O.D./Harris Poll 2000)

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