Exploring the costs and benefits of workers with disabilities

Brigida Hernandez, Katherine McDonald

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This study examined the costs and benefits of workers with and without disabilities within three sectors: healthcare, retail, and hospitality. Three hundred and fourteen employees (95 with and 219 without disabilities) from 13 companies participated. Comparisons between both groups were made across six work variables: job performance, supervision, tenure, absenteeism, worker's compensation claims, and accommodations. Across the three sectors, job performance and supervision were similar for both groups of employees. However, findings were mixed when tenure, absenteeism, and worker's compensation claims were considered. Lastly, costs of accommodations were for the most part minimal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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