Building a solid business case to support your disability initiative will ensure buy-in on all levels. Luckily, hiring people with disabilities is not just an altruistic enterprise, but a sound economic strategy with great ROI. Our guide will help you craft a compelling case for the real, bottom-line benefits your company can expect —and introduce you to the inspiring companies who have already implemented and tested their disability inclusion plans.

Building a business case for hiring people with disabilities:

“We had high hopes when we started this initiative, but really didn’t know how it would work out. It was a little bit of a leap of faith, and a lot about our beliefs in the value of all people regardless of their disabilities. And, of course, the results proved us more than right. Hiring people with disabilities was not a charitable issue; it clearly addressed a number of business needs.”
James Emmett, former Disability Program Manager, Walgreens

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Case Studies

Boston Scientific Corporation

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McKesson

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UPS’s Transitional Learning Center

At UPS' Transitional Learning Center, people with disabilities can participate in a two-week pre-employment training program.

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