By Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs
On Wednesday, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) partnered with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD), Workforce Solutions Capital Area, Austin Human Resource Management Association and the Society for Human Resource Management, to provide a free Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities Business Forum for Texas employers. This forum hosted employers from around the state, and provided presentations on best practices on hiring people with disabilities, workforce development strategies, and assistive technology tools
We recognize Texas has a large, educated workforce and this includes individuals with disabilities. Hiring people with disabilities isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good for business. If a business employs workers from this talented pool and makes its facilities accessible, it will attract a vital customer base. This can lead companies to make business practices more efficient and effective, resulting in an overall improvement of the work environment.
America’s diverse workforce is growing at a rapid rate, and we want to continue to provide the tools and resources to succeed, and hire the best talent available. Some of our state’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion and diversity a priority in their workplace. They know that inclusion works- for workers, for employers, and for opportunity.
This forum is part of the Texas HireAbility Campaign, which helps raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and highlights the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce.
Ruth R. Hughs is the Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission. As the Commissioner Representing Employers, Commissioner Hughs serves as an advocate for the 500,000 Texas employers and her office provides a variety of resources including training and assistance with workplace hiring, managing and recruiting matters.