Disability Awareness: Increasing Employers Understanding of the ADA, Accommodations & Other Supports in the Workplace
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course outline

i. introduction

ii. my story

iii. history

iv. myth & facts

v. research

vi. etiquette

vii. case studies

viii. resources

ix. completion certificate

  

research 


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V. Research

A.

  • VCU-RRTC has extensively studied employers’ attitudes toward people with disabilities in the workforce

  • Surveyed 255 supervisors employed by 43 businesses on their assessment of the work performance of employees with disabilities

  • Supervisors were quite satisfied with the work performance of employees with disabilities

  • Supervisors rated the performance of their employees with disabilities similar to that of their non disabled peers
     

1. Employers:

    1a.

  • businesses were diverse in terms of types of industry

  • percentages of supervisors per industry are contained below in Figure 1a

  • employers were predominately larger employers

  • supervisors indicated they had been employed in their current position for at least one year but less than five

  • vast majority reported having five or more years experience as a supervisor


Figure 1a, Click the image for an enlarged view.
 

      1b.

  • as depicted below in figure 1b, less than one third of the supervisors were responsible for managing 10 or less employees

  • approximately one-half of the respondents supervising 11 to 50 workers

  • all supervisors had supervised an employee with a disability at some point within the last six months

  • the greatest number of supervisors indicated they had been the supervisor of the referenced employee for at least one year but less than three

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Figure 1b,
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2. Work Performance of Employees with Disabilities
    2a. Employee performance assessment

  • the 255 supervisors were satisfied with the work performance of the worker with a disability

  • the areas of satisfaction included, timeliness of arrival and departure, punctuality, attendance, and consistency in task (see Figure 2a)

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Figure 2a, Click the image for an enlarged view.
 

    2b. Employee performance assessment compared to coworkers

  • the performance of employees with disabilities was the same as or better than coworkers on almost all of the measures of work performance (see Figure 2b)

  • in the areas of punctuality, attendance, work quality, task consistency, and overall proficiency, the employees with disabilities were rated the same or better than coworkers

  • in the area of work speed , supervisors indicated that workers with disabilities performed about the same as coworkers

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Figure 2b, Click the image for an enlarged view.

B.   Test Your Knowledge

 

 

 

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