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Citation:  Jans, L.H., Kaye, S.H., Jones, E.C. (2012). Getting hired: Successfully employed people with disabilities offer advice on disclosure, interviewing, and job search. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 22 (2), 155-165.
Title:  Getting hired: Successfully employed people with disabilities offer advice on disclosure, interviewing, and job search
Authors:  Jans, L.H., Kaye, S.H., Jones, E.C.
Year:  2012
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Springer Science + Business Media, LLC
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-011-9336-y
Full text:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22020624   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes
Research design:  Qualitative research

Structured abstract:

Background:  Many individuals with disabilities desire to work or to return to work but face a myriad of barriers in that task. One of the best sources of information on how to obtain employment for these individuals can be individuals with disabilities that are successfully employed. Little research has focused on sharing their strategies.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to examine the experiences of individuals with disabilities who are successfully competitively employed.
Setting:  Individuals with disabilities from California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
Study sample:  The sample consisted of 21 men and 20 women with disabilities who were competitively employed for a median of 6 years. Demographically the group was very diverse and worked in 13 different industries.
Data collection and analysis:  The participants shared their experiences in the hiring process during 5 focus groups. The data was coded and analyzed with grounded theory.
Findings:  Whether or not participants disclosed disabilities depended on the nature of the disability and what accommodations would be needed. Participants focused on emphasizing strengths, gathering information on the work environment, handling inappropriate questions, and addressing unspoken employer concerns. All participants agreed that individuals with disabilities must work harder than others to obtain jobs.
Conclusions:  These experiences provide valuable insight into navigating the employment process for individuals with disabilities.