As a parent of an adult child with special needs, it’s always encouraging to see adults with special needs being hired by employers. Many employers are leaving behind a lot of the stereotypes surrounding people with physical and intellectual disabilities and realizing that many of the special needs employees they work with are the most hard-working and dedicated employees they could ever hope to have on their teams.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against any employee with a physical or mental disability. In layman’s terms, this means that an employer is not allowed to make a hiring decision based on disability, but rather on the qualifications of the candidate for the job. In fact, employers can no longer even ask about a persons disability status.