Do not hire uniquely abled individuals as an act of charity or to be a good community citizen. Hire them because they will perform your jobs to an extraordinary level. Probably better than you have ever seen.
Typically, employers report a general improvement in both productivity and morale of the entire facility that hires uniquely abled workers. As reported in Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by the Institute for Corporate Productivity, “The largest drug retailing chain in the U.S., Walgreens has found that employing individuals with IDD has contributed to higher productivity in its distribution centers, lower absenteeism, higher retention rates, and increased customer loyalty, among other benefits.”
In addition there are numerous financial, non-financial, and legal benefits for employers who hire the uniquely abled.
There are two Uniquely Abled programs:
The Uniquely Abled Academy program matches men and women to jobs that require specialized training. The existing UAAs train and provide job search and post-hire support to those with high functioning autism to be CNC machinists.
The Uniquely Abled Jobs program matches men and women to jobs that do not require specialized training, but are a perfect fit for their unique skillset. Typically these are repetitive tasks, tasks with objective process instructions, tasks where they typically work alone.