One hundred businesses are now members of the Ohio Business Leadership Network a peer-to-peer business organization that provides employers with information and resources about how best to recruit, select, train and retain a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities.
“Hiring individuals who have disabilities brings a wealth of benefits to a company,” said Kevin Miller, director for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the state agency responsible for providing services to Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. “Myths, fears and misunderstanding too often are the barriers to hiring people with disabilities. The Ohio Business Leadership Network and its members take down these barriers by being progressive in their approaches to looking at the abilities of people and to this relatively untapped workforce resource/labor market.”
There are more than 1.5 million individuals with a disability in Ohio. More than 800,000 of these Ohioans are of working-age (between 16 and 64). The most recently published Vocational Rehabilitation Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment estimated that more than 100,000 of working age Ohioans with disabilities are seeking employment.
“We are proud to achieve this milestone that makes Ohio one of the largest and most active affiliates of the Business Leadership Network in the country because it means more Ohio businesses have access to resources to help enhance hiring and retaining a workforce that includes people with disabilities,” said Mitch Morgan, president of the Ohio Business Leadership Network and assistant vice president, diversity and inclusion strategy manager for Fifth Third Bank.