Are you disabled and having trouble landing a job? If so, you’re not alone. Many disabled workers report having difficulty landing a job despite having multiple degrees and excellent work references. If you’re one of those people, take heart. There are many companies that make it a priority to recruit disabled workers and provide exceptional workplace environments. The following list includes companies who have been recognized for their efforts in creating disabled-friendly workplaces.
1. IBM Corporation
IBM Corporation has received high marks from employees for providing a disabled-friendly workplace in the global market. The company provides disability awareness training for all employees, a web-based program that identifies disability accommodation needs and has programs in place to attract, hire and retain disabled employees.
2. Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young has received several awards from Diversity Inc. for its efforts in hiring disabled employees. It offers disability awareness training for its employees around the globe, alternative career tracks and telecommuting opportunities.
3. Proctor & Gamble
Proctor & Gamble is noted for having People With Disabilities Interest Groups for over 10 years. In addition, they have strong programs for recruiting, hiring and training disabled workers.
Aetna, a leader in the insurance market, has a unique workplace environment for its employees. This company offers onsite fitness centers, pharmacies, physical therapists and massage services. Aetna also offers disabled employees alternative career tracks and telecommuting options.
KPMG, a professional tax audit company, is known for its Disabilities Network, which solicits information from its disabled employees to improve workplace conditions and improve retention. They also offer training events during National Disability Employment Month to create awareness for their disabled employees.
6. Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems offers alternative career tracks and telecommuting opportunities to its disabled employees. In addition they offer on-site fitness centers, health centers, pharmacies and healthcare incentives.
7. SC Johnson
SC Johnson is notable for its Abilities First Business Council. They also have strong programs for recruiting, hiring and training disabled employees.
8. Eli Lilly & Co
Eli Lilly & Co is known as a disabled-friendly workplace because of its onsite medical services that are offered free to employees and dependent family members. In addition they offer pharmacy, ambulatory and psychological services.
9. Merck & Co
Merck & Co has the Differently Able Global Constituency Group, which provides disability awareness training and helps in recruiting and retention of disabled employees.
Sodexo has the SOAR program (Sodexo Organization of disAbilities Resources). SOAR provides disability awareness training as well as being involved in hiring and retention programs for disabled employees.