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A 26 page paper. The writer begins by reporting the value of small businesses in terms of dollars and employment, how the SBA defines a small business with examples, and how size standards are revised. The essay then reports the highlights of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, its intention, how the ADA defines 'disability' and some of the different categories of 'disability.' The essay next discusses the issues of 'reasonable accommodation' and 'undue hardship' with examples to demonstrate some of the decisions regarding these constraints. While the paper focuses on employees, the writer does provide brief insight into what the ADA means to small businesses in terms of access. The essay then discusses the many benefits of hiring employees with disabilities, including tax credits, new tax credits and public relations, the actual average costs of accommodations and provides examples. The writer also comments on the disadvantages. Statistical data are included. More issues are discussed than are identified in this abstract. Bibliography lists 19 sources.
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than half of the nations workers (EEOC, 2004). Furthermore, small businesses "generate more than half of the nations gross domestic product" (EEOC, 2004). More than two-thirds of the population had
their first job at a small business (EEOC, 2004). There are more than 56 million Americans who have a disability (Allen, 2006). To put that another way, that represents one
out of five people or about 20 percent (Allen, 2006). The American Association of People with Disabilities reported there are 28 million disabled persons who are of employable age and
only about one-third have a job (Allen, 2006). The government estimates that as many as 70 percent of all persons who have a severe disability are unemployed (EEOC,
2004). A severe disability might be retarded persons or persons without limbs, among others. Also, persons with chronic psychiatric problems would fit into the category of severe disability (Henricks, 2004).
Even with their disability, many of these people are capable of working and want to do so (EEOC, 2004). The Kiplinger Letter (2007) reported more than 10 million disabled Americans
are unemployed. Small businesses can be very influential and instrumental in getting a lot of these people into the workforce. This is so important that President Bush introduced the
New Freedom initiative that "seeks to partner with small business to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the workplace" (EEOC, 2004). Since small businesses are generally more hospitable
and more personal, it seems like a good match as long as the small business is hiring individuals who can do the job as well as someone else.
What is a Small Business The U.S. Small Business Administration has a complex definition for what constitutes a small business. The SBA (Size, 2007) explains that when the agency was