Employers' willingness to hire a person with intellectual disability in light of the regulations for adjusted minimum wages

Ilana Duvdevany, Keren Or-Chen, Maayan Fine

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Employers play a critical role in addressing the high unemployment rate experienced by persons with disabilities. Barriers to successful work placement include myths regarding people with disabilities as workers, and ineffective rehabilitation placement methods and hiring procedures. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between the regulation for adjusted minimum wage, in Israel, and the willingness of employers to hire persons with intellectual disability (ID), and the factors that contribute to the formation of positive attitudes toward persons with intellectual disability among employers. METHODS: Population: 79 employers in the industry, commerce, and service fields. Of these, 39 had employees with intellectual disability and 40 did not. Measurements: Demographic data, The Attitudes Toward the Employability of Persons with Severe Disabilities scale, and Contact with Persons with Intellectual Disability scale. RESULTS: Employers who were familiar with the legislation perceived the person with ID as a capable worker. Previous contact was related to the willingness to hire a person with ID. Education and the size of the workplace had no influence on the attitudes of the employers. CONCLUSION: Legislation is only one step in promoting the hiring of persons with ID. Additional steps are recommended.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Persons with disability
  • contact
  • employers' attitudes toward persons with disability
  • employment
  • legislation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation

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