Employers’ attitudes towards persons with disabilities: A comparison of national and New York state data

J. M. Levy, D. J. Jessop, A. Rimmerman, P. H. Levy

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Abstract

This paper compares the results of two large-scale studies conducted as part of an ongoing research programme on employers’ attitudes towards the employability of persons with severe disabilities - a study of Fortune 500 corporations and a study of employers doing business in New York State. The results indicated that both groups of employers were favourable towards the employability of persons with disabilities. Executives from large national corporations were more favourable than those from the predominantly small companies doing business in New York State. Prior contact with persons with disabilities that was positively evaluated appeared to differentiate those more and less favourable in both study groups, especially in the smaller companies of the New York State study group. Employers’ characteristics associated with differences in attitudes in the literature (e.g. education, work experience) also appeared to be confirmed by data from New York State companies more than from the corporations of the Fortune 500.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Employer attitudes
  • Persons with disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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