Demographics & Diversity

These resources illustrate how disability and diversity factor into today's workforce trends to create a stronger workforce.

| The Business Case | Statistics | Diversity | The Aging Workforce |

The Business Case

The Institute for Community Inclusion and the New England Council wrote a Boston Globe op-ed explaining why companies should take workers with disabilities seriously.

The New England Council News, Special Edition: Tapping the Underutilized Workforce -- Developed with The New England Council, this newsletter focuses on an issue for the future that businesses need to start thinking about today: tapping the underutilized workforce. Demographic trends mean that companies will need qualified workers in the future. Even now, sectors such as health care are experiencing shortages. People with disabilities can be a significant source of qualified workers for businesses.

Read individual articles:

The Top 10 Reasons to Hire People with Disabilities -- From the National Organization on Disability.

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The Bottom Line -- Nearly 50 million Americans-- almost one in five-- say they have a disability. Learn key facts from this handout.

from The Harris Poll on people with disabilities -- A summary of the National Organization on Disability/Harris Poll on people with disabilities and employment. On the National Organization on Disability website.

Statistics About People with Disabilities and Employment -- Two studies give insight into why the unemployment rate is so high among persons with disabilities, and show what employers are doing. On the U.S. Dept. of Labor website.

Disability Charts -- Want more disability statistics? These disability charts are presented in a user-friendly format.

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Diversity Includes Disability -- Workforce diversity has become a major management strategy for many employers because it makes good business sense. Managing diversity involves creating an open, supportive, and responsive organization. This article suggests ways to support diversity in the workplace. On the U.S. Dept. of Labor website.

Disability and Cultural Diversity -- The employment picture for people of color with disabilities and ways business can reach out. On the U.S. Dept. of Labor website.

There is a wide range of guides and videos to help businesses better understand and benefit from fostering a diverse workforce, including people with disabilities. At Cornell University's School of Industrial Relations, the Workforce Diversity Network offers resources on this topic.

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The Aging Workforce

What are the implications for business as the workforce ages and the retirement age increases?

The aging of our workforce is inevitable. But older workers can still be productive employees in your company. The AARP has created a checklist for companies to prepare.

AARP also offers recommendations on using older workers effectively.

Over 40 million information workers will experience age-related physiological changes.

Many aging workers can benefit from good ergonomic practices. For more information, check out the ForEmployers ergonomics resources.

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