Businesses are increasingly hiring people with disabilities, and it’s helping the bottom line. The tight labor market is pushing companies to open their eyes to considering workers with disabilities, who employers say are loyal, enthusiastic and able to do the job as well as anyone — sometimes even better. Falling unemployment rates among people with disabilities suggest more employers are adopting a similar mindset. To be sure, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains double the rate for people without, and two-thirds of working-age disabled adults are not in the labor force at all, meaning they’re not working and not looking.
Cindy Montgomery is the co-founder and CEO of Teachability and a prominent thought-leader in invisible disabilities and youth employability. She has first-hand experience being a parent of a child with autism and is a participant in the Illinois Partners in Policymaking, Partner at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and is a board member for Children’s Home + Aid Society of Illinois.
Garret Rosiek is co-founder and advisory board member of Teachability. Garret serves as the Career Development Coordinator at Elmhurst College ELSA (Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy) and Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach. Garret exemplifies passion about working with individuals with disabilities in finding gainful employment.
Tim Engstrom is co-founder and advisory board member of Teachability. Tim is the Head of Supply Chain and Logistics at LA-CO Industries and a Professor at Elmhurst College in the Supply Chain and MBA programs. Tim Additionally is the co-author of the HOPE Handbook: A Guide to Disability Hiring.
Julian Sheinbaum is a consultant for Teachability. Julian is an MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Yale University graduate, and an All-American track athlete. He built and scaled a $2B business from scratch as an entrepreneur at JPMorgan, launching their Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) business. He is the proud brother of a sister with William’s Syndrome. Julian channels his athletic drive, success as an entrepreneur, and passion for the disability community to drive social impact in business.
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As an adult learner who has not taken a Harvard online class before this one, I understand the need for constant support with class expectations and technology. As the parent of a student with autism and a student with ADHD, I understand the need for constant support with content and executive functioning skills.