Research and Resources: Hiring Managers, HR Staff, and Employees with Disabilities

While unemployment is at an historic low in the United States, working-age adults with disabilities are still more likely to be unemployed than those without disabilities. Businesses in the US are building an inclusive workforce, however, and they are turning to the pool of talented, qualified workers with disabilities to fill their ranks. Hiring managers and human resource (HR) staff may be looking for help in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and retaining these skilled workers. What research and resources are available to help these businesses hire and support their employees?
Over the years, NIDILRR has funded and continues to fund projects that conduct research on employment for people with disabilities. This includes projects that research supported employment, assistive technology and employment, vocational rehabilitation, and transitioning into employment. The following NIDILRR-funded projects are just a small example of the research that hiring managers can find among the grantees:

Several of the NIDILRR-funded projects also provide resources, training, and tools for hiring managers and HR staff:

NARIC’s REHABDATA database indexes articles, books, and reports from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, including those on information, solutions, and strategies on recruiting, hiring, accommodating, and the retention of employees with disabilities:

The following organizations assist hiring managers and HR staff in connecting and accommodating job candidates and employees with disabilities:

This is just a sample of the research, information, tools, resources, strategies, etc. from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere. If you would like to learn more, please contact NARIC’s information specialists.