The Way Your Company Onboards Disabled People Matters

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Please note: The issue of person-first or identity-first language in disabled communities is a complex one. Whereas some persons with disabilities prefer to have their personhood highlighted, other disabled people see their disability as an integral part of their lives and want words such as disabled or autistic front and center in their personal identification, thus removing the stigma associated with them. Person-first and identity-first language will be used interchangeably in this article to respect the perspective of both sides. 
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1 in 4 adults in the US have at least one disability. That's 25% of the population living with a condition which impacts every facet of their lives, including employment. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention classifies disabilities into 6 categories: mobility, cognition, hearing, vision, independent living, and self care. When onboarding new employees with any of these disabilities, it's important to make sure your company is prepared to ha...

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