I’m a small business owner. I’ve been thinking about hiring people with disabilities to help me fill some of my chronically open positions, but I’m worried about cost of providing accommodations.
Several studies have shown that an ADA accommodation is often an investment rather than a cost. Fifty-eight percent of accommodations cost nothing at all. Of those that have a cost, the median amount was $500. Also, employees who were accommodated had better performance ratings, were less likely to leave the job, and had fewer absences. Accommodations have a good return-on-investment. It nearly always costs far more to lose an employee than to accommodate them.
If you want to learn more, visit the Small Business at Work Toolkit or call us at 800-949.4232.