Organization Management Journal


This teaching exercise addresses a relatively neglected area of diversity, the employment of persons with disabilities. In the first part of the two-stage exercise, students are required to make a hiring decision based on a case that includes candidates who are disabled. This decision raises issues concerning the legal and ethical responsibilities of a hiring manager and uncovers some of the myths concerning candidates with disabilities. The case is subsequently used to anchor a lecture on essential information every manager should know about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability in the workplace. As a result of this exercise, students improved their knowledge of the ADA and the vocabulary associated with the Act, and recognized unfounded attitudes that can limit the employment prospects of persons with disabilities.