A recent survey from Adobe shows that many employers have improved their DE&I efforts over the past year, particularly when it comes to supporting the needs of those with disabilities.
According to the CDC, 1 in 4 American adults identify as having a disability, meaning it is critical that employers have policies enacted that make their work experience ideal.
The pandemic marked an era when DE&I efforts could no longer be overlooked, and thanks to the transition to remote and hybrid working, workers with disabilities were given more career-related opportunities.
In fact, among those with disabilities, 77’% said their workplace has done a better job of supporting them.
However, despite the advancements that have been made, around 70% of those with disabilities ranked their company’s disability etiquette training as “fair.”
This indicates a need for improvements, especially as 77% of workers stated having interest in wanting to work alongside those with diverse learning styles.
Even more, 84% of all workers, regardless of disability status, felt that their coworkers would benefit from workplace accessibility.
“It’s not only people with disabilities who benefit from accessible workplaces,” EARN, the employer assistance and research network on disability inclusion, writes on their website. “Accessible workplaces help businesses increase productivity; ensure a wider pool of talent can apply for, maintain and advance in employment; and expand their potential customer base.”