In October, the Society for Human Resource Management announced it and the SHRM Foundation partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to bring awareness to the contributions of people with autism, intellectual and/or developmental differences. SHRM research found that 97% of HR professionals and 92% of people managers say employees with disabilities regularly perform the same or better than peers without disabilities.
“Research shows individuals who are differently abled bring tremendous perspective, talent and value as they help create a more inclusive workplace,” Wendi Safstrom, executive director of the SHRM Foundation, said in a statement at the time. “In other words, inclusive hiring isn’t just a nice thing to do. It’s a good thing for society, our communities, families — and the business, too.”