Employment of persons with severe disabilities in large businesses in the united states

Joel M. Levy, Dorothy Jones Jessop, Arie Rimmerman, Philip H. Levy

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A mail survey of the largest businesses in the US, the Fortune 500 industrial and service corporations, examined the attitudes of personnel and human resource executives towards the employability of persons with severe disabilities and actual corporate practices regarding the employment of persons with disabilities. The 341 executives who responded are found to be favourable to the employment of persons with disabilities, especially if the executives work in corporations that have hired persons with disabilities within the past three years, and/or have had personally good contact with persons with disabilities in the past. Almost two-thirds of the corporations have a policy regarding hiring persons with disabilities; over one-half have hired such persons within the past three years; and over one-third have supported work programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-332
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Employment of disabled persons
  • Personnel policy
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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