A Report by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp)

Key Findings:

Survey analysis of organizations that employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities found:

  1. Companies hire people with IDD for business reasons and are rewarded with business benefits. Multiple dividends are cited, including the addition of highly motivated employees, demonstrating an inclusive and diverse culture that’s attractive to critical talent pools, and improving customer satisfaction.
  2. The profile of a worker with IDD reads like that of an ideal employee. Descriptors of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities include: dependable, engaged, motivated, great attendance, attention to work quality, and high productivity.
  3. Positive reactions from employers abound. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed say hiring workers with IDD has been a positive experience, and of those, nearly one-third say the experience has exceeded their expectations.
  4. Challenges are fewer than expected and resources are greater than anticipated. Employers report minimal difficulty with preconceived challenges, while support resources for a successful placement – like job profile matching and guided onboarding – are readily available.

Analysis of the data also revealed that success related to hiring workers with IDD is reflective of the level of commitment an organization has to diversity and inclusion (D&I). Integrating D&I as part of the overall organizational strategy – as opposed to addressing it as part of a compliance initiative, a general corporate social responsibility strategy, or simply not addressing it at all – is a critical first step – one that also has a positive connection to market performance.