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Most Disabilities Are Not Visible


According to a survey conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation, a surprisingly high 30% of employees have a disability. Of this group:

  • 62% say their disability is not visible and agree with the statement: “Unless I tell them, people do not know I have a disability.”
  • 13% say their disability is visible and agree with the statement: “Those that meet me for the first time can quickly tell I have a disability.”
  • 26% say their disability is sometimes visible and agree with the statement: “My disability can be visible or invisible, depending on the circumstances.”

Many employees with disabilities face discrimination. More than a third of those surveyed say they have experienced discrimination at their current place of employment.

Next Steps for Companies

According to the Center for Talent Innovation, companies can signal their support of employees with disabilities by:

  • Employing universal design principles (in their facilities and employee work stations.)
  • Making access to accommodations easy and transparent.
  • Actively recruiting people with disabilities.
  • Asking leaders with disabilities to serve as role models and tell their stories.

Read the study to learn more.