Employing Abilities @Work

Individuals with disabilities are a high-performing labor force who are facing employment challenges.

The SHRM Foundation, in partnership with the Workplace Initiative By Understood, has launched this initiative to strengthen the skills and abilities of professionals to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities in their workplace. Read the Press Release

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EARN THE EMPLOYING ABILITIES @WORK CERTIFICATE

This free, multi-faceted educational program will increase your knowledge and skills to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities. This Certificate is an introduction to the benefits and implementation of disability inclusion in the workplace.

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Disability inclusion in the Workplace

SHRM Research, in collaboration with Workplace Initiative By Understood, conducted a study in 2019 to understand organizations attitudes about workers with disabilities and knowledge of disability inclusion in the workplace. Research revealed that only 13% of workplaces have disability-specific inclusion initiatives. As a result:

More than three quarters of HR professionals primarily define disability as something that is physical

More than half of people managers have not participated in any disability inclusion training at all

Legal requirements of disability non-discrimination and accommodation are included in required training only about a third of the time

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Our Programs

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

This free, multi-faceted educational program will increase your knowledge and skills to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities

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Inclusion Captains

A community ambassador program to drive awareness and education about the value of building inclusive workplaces

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Innovation Grants

Awarded to SHRM state councils and chapters to engage HR professionals in local programs that will impact societal challenges

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