Tips for Creating a Disability-Inclusive Workplace 

Tips for Creating a Disability-Inclusive Workplace

The importance of inclusion in the workspace is a topic that has been highlighted for several years. Employers who create and foster an environment where all employees have equal opportunity in succeeding, advancing, and obtaining appropriate compensation are able to truly reach a pool of skilled individuals. Even so, individuals with disabilities are still an untapped source of talent. Employers who choose to make disability inclusion within the workplace a priority have an advantage over competitors when it comes to tapping into this proficient group. But what steps can an employer make to create a more disability-inclusive workplace? Check out the tips below.  


  1. Learn more about disability etiquette and disability inclusion in general

    This includes learning more about people-first language and seeking organizations that are within the disability community. Supporting these organizations not only assists them in spreading awareness to others, but they can also act as a resource in educating yourself and coworkers.  


  2. Provide company-wide education and training

    Training and educating leadership, managers, and employees on workplace accommodations and disability awareness is key to creating an inclusive work environment. Training for members of leadership and managers should be in-depth and include how to best handle requested and appropriate accommodations, as well as addressing the stigma that surrounds employees with disabilities. This helps create an environment where all employees feel comfortable voicing any concerns or needs they may have.


  3. Know the Benefits

    According to, “A third of managers rate employees with disabilities as more dedicated and less likely to leave the job than their peers. And the benefits can extend to the wider staff.” This means higher retention rates and decreased turnover. Employers can also apply for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). This federal tax credit is available to employers who invest in job seekers who have faced barriers to employment and are in a WOTC targeted group. Find out more here 


  4. Research specific disabilities your employees may have

    If you’re unfamiliar with any specific disability that your employees have, researching it will not only help you to understand what your employee may be experiencing, but also what supports they may find helpful in the workplace.


  5. Provide Supports

    Having supports in place that can assist employees in being successful is another important part of creating an inclusive workplace. This includes physical supports, like having accessible parking and software that is compatible with assistive technology. 

  6. Partner with a Disability Employment Service Organization

    Partnering with a disability employment service organization, like employU, is a simple step employers can take to become more disability-inclusive. employU staff can provide assistance by offering individualized solutions and accommodation suggestions for our clients.  Our staff works with the job-seeker and employer to establish any needs the job-seeker may have and the provision of any reasonable accommodations that could address those needs.  For more information on becoming an employU business partner visit  


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