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PALESTINE, August 29, 2014--Labor Day was established in the late 19th century to provide a “workingman’s holiday.” It later evolved into a tribute to the hard-working men and women of our nation which included many individuals with disabilities, both seen and hidden.
Employers might wonder why they should hire a person with a disability who could require extra attention or assistance. To begin with, surveys show that employees with disabilities have high productivity as well as lower turnover rates and absenteeism. In addition, managers rate 90% of employees with disabilities “average” or “better” in job performance.
Millions of Americans with disabilities want to work, are capable of working, and can be productive members of the labor force. Employers must ensure that work places are accommodating, not only physically but also in the attitudes of co-workers and supervisors.
Committing ourselves to an inclusive society in which everyone (especially those millions of working-age people with disabilities) has an opportunity to experience the genuine rewards of labor would go a long way to restoring the real meaning of Labor Day.
For more information, contact the Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living, 421 Avenue A, Palestine, Texas, 903-729-7505.
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