Following the ADA: Cheaper than Employers Think
Many employers (and their lawyers) strongly oppose both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Restoration Act in part because they mistakenly assume that it is necessarily expensive to accommodate workers who are deaf or disabled.
I recently learned some interesting and important statistics that can help refute these misconceptions:
- 20% of reasonable accommodations cost nothing.
- Over 70% cost $500 or less.
- The median cost is $250.
- A company makes $35 for each $1 spent on reasonable accommodations. Some of the benefits include hiring and retaining a qualified employee, increased productivity, and decreased turnover costs.
I learned these statistics at http://growingupwithadisability.blogspot.com/2008/01/support-ada-restoration-act.html
It’s worth following the above link to read the rest of the post — there is some interesting discussion there with more links to follow.
PLEASE make an ASL vlog (or a written blog, if you like) on the ADA Restoration Act! If you do, I’d be delighted to link to you!
CCD has compiled an excellent collection of materials on the ADA and on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, so it’s well worth following their link to www.c-c-d.org/ada. If you’re still new to the subject, this can help you understand why the ADA Restoration Act is critical to pass and why we should all be involved.
See my continually-updated list of blog entries from all over the web about the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, always available from the top navigation bar at “On the ADA Restoration Act.”
See examples of specific court cases that have served to undermine the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act: click on “ADA Court Cases” under “categories” in the right-hand navigation bar. I still have one more ADA Court Caseto post in the coming few weeks.
Also, don’t miss these links: One group of activists has posted a short list of simple ideas of things you can do to help get the Restoration Act passed. And do check out the ADA Restoration Blog for updates. Or browse through background information on the ADA Restoration Act. Or contact your legislators. It is particularly important to write letters to your senators.