ERIC Number: ED228453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Employers' Perceptions of Hiring the Qualified Disabled.
Cole, Joyce Couch; Bragman, Ruth
A study was conducted to determine how the business community in a large mid-southern city perceived disabled persons and the types of information potential employers of handicapped individuals desired concerning specific handicapping conditions. The study also explored differences in perceptions of employers and vocational rehabilitation counselors of the job potential of individuals with visible and non-visible handicaps. Employers and counselors completed questionnaires regarding information they might have wanted to know about handicapped applicants. They also attended separate workshops at which they viewed videotapes of an individual with a visible handicap (C-6 Quadraplegia) and an individual with a non-visible handicap (Wegener's Granulomatosis) and then checked all jobs on a job list for which they felt the individuals were qualified or could be trained. Employers received information on interviewing handicapped individuals, job modifications and accommodations, and general information on disabilities. Results indicated employers had little awareness of different types of disabilities and potentials of disabled individuals. They were able to identify appropriately suitable jobs for the individual with a visible handicap but not for the individual with a non-visible handicap. Counselors were able to appropriately identify job potential. Counselors' concerns focused on individuals with visible disabilities; employers' concerns focused on non-visible disabilities. (Six tables are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rehabilitation Counselors
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 1982).