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Myth — Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than employees without disabilities.
Fact — Studies by firms such as DuPont show that employees with disabilities are not absent any more than employees without disabilities. In fact, these studies show that on the average, individuals with disabilities have better attendance rates than their non-disabled counterparts. People with disabilities have the same life issues to contend with as non-disabled, as far as illness, appointments, and unexpected life events (ie: child home sick from school, requiring employee to leave and tend to child.)
People with disabilities, visible or invisible, are most often quite healthy. We need to get beyond the perception of disabled as “sick” or “unhealthy”, and requiring more time off. More often than not, employers may find that people with disabilities are more dedicated and willing to work than one might assume, based on their condition.
Absenteeism from work can be an issue for any employee regardless of whether the employee has a disability or not. If it is an issue for some of your employees, perhaps accommodations like flexible hours or job sharing can be explored as a solution.