Win #3 -- Hiring Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Did you know that Seventy-eight percent of adults in the United States with developmental disabilities are either under or unemployed? What a shameful statistic, especially when so many of these dear people desperately desire employment. And they are very good workers. 

The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) conducted research sponsored by the Best Buddies organization about the advantages of individuals working in a business can have. Here are the results of that study:

1) Companies hire people with Intellectual & Developmental (IDD) for business reasons and are rewarded with business benefits. Multiple dividends are cited, including the addition of highly motivated employees, demonstrating an inclusive and diverse culture that’s attractive to critical talent pools, and improving customer satisfaction.
2) The profile of a worker with IDD reads like that of an ideal employee.
Descriptors of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities include: dependable, engaged,
motivated, great attendance, attention to work quality, and high productivity.
3) Positive reactions from employers abound. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed say hiring workers with IDD has been a positive experience, and of those, nearly one-third say the experience has exceeded their expectations.
4) Challenges are fewer than expected and resources are greater than anticipated. Employers report minimal difficulty with preconceived challenges, while support resources for a
successful placement—like job profile matching and guided onboarding—are readily available.

The rest of this report shows that hiring individuals with developmental disabilities is good business and culture practice. We at Furnace Hills Coffee know that these special people can do extraordinary things. Our coffee is some of the best tasting in the United States.

So please taste some of the best coffee in our country. See what people with developmental disabilities can produce:

  • Our Chief Roaster Erin loves -- you guessed it -- Erin's Breakfast Blend. Just click HERE to start shopping for this great tasting coffee.
  • Our Associate Roaster, Chris, love South American Decaf. He believes it gets a bad rap for being decaf and more people should drink this great coffee. Click HERE to start shopping for this great tasting coffee.

In our next Win will discuss the causes we give to that aid those with developmental disabilities. It is all about people.

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Best Buddies Pioneering in Employing those with Developmental Disabilities

Best Buddies Pioneering in Employing those with Developmental Disabilities

Dave Baldwin