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Overcoming Barriers to Employment for Individuals With Disabilities

SIOP Members Say Attitudes Toward Employees with Disabilities (EWD) Are Changing for the Better and I-O Psychologists Are Increasingly Devoting Their Research Toward EWDs’ Concerns

By Clif Boutelle, for SIOP

Much is made, and rightly so, about diversity in our society, in particular as it relates to African Americans, Hispanics, and women. Less attention, though, is given to one of the largest minority groups in the country—individuals with disabilities.

According to recent census data, there are more than 56 million Americans with disabilities, nearly 20% of the population. In Canada there are 3.8 million people with disabilities. 

When it comes to employment, employees with disabilities rarely experience the same access to work opportunities as their able-bodied and comparably educated counterparts, said Silvia Bonaccio, an associate professor of management at the University of Ottawa, who along with McMaster University’s Catherine Connelly, and Kathleen Martin Ginis and Ian Gellatly of the University of Alberta, presented a paper on employment barriers for individuals with physical disabilities at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s annual conference earlier this year....Read more


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