Keshet recently had the pleasure of providing a “lunch and learn” session to the department heads of The Private Bank in Chicago. This was made possible through Keshet’s consulting arm, the Leventhal Keshet Professional Development Center, which provides in-home services for families with special needs, as well as trainings and workshops for industry professionals who are interested in learning more about the special needs community.
The presentation brought information to the company’s managers to spread awareness that stereotypes and fears should not determine or dictate how individuals with disabilities are hired. Exercises were used to help the audience think about their own preconceived ideas of what it would be like to work alongside individuals with special needs.
In contrast to what they expected, employees learned about the many benefits of hiring someone with special needs and also the misconceptions of what it’s like having an employee with disabilities, including the fact that there is no financial downside to accommodate them. Studies show that productivity actually goes up when employing someone with special needs, due to the fact that these individuals value their jobs so immensely and also tend to pay more attention to detail.
There are many opportunities for companies to start small when hiring adults with special needs. Some vocational job examples are: folding paper, stamping, collating, stapling, stuffing, sealing, opening envelopes, paper punch/paper shredding, sorting and delivering mail, restocking office supplies data entry, and filing.
If your business is interested in holding an “Abilities Awareness Lunch and Learn” or would like to learn more about hiring Keshet participants, please call 847-205-1234.