Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

Monday, July 23
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom ABC

Your chapter of The Arc wants to find jobs for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Businesses need talented employees who can get the job done and will stay for a while. So why are so many people with disabilities unemployed? During this plenary session you will learn from senior leaders of SAP, a Fortune 500 company, how to make the business case for hiring people with disabilities. Increased business innovation, improved employee productivity and performance, earned media exposure and brand burnishing, greater employee engagement, reduced turnover costs – all are impacts that result from hiring people with disabilities and all contribute to a better bottom line. So how’s that for a good business decision!

Jose Velasco

Vice President, Autism at Work Program
SAP

Jose H. Velasco is Vice-President of Operations and Strategy and is a Global Co-Lead for the Autism at Work program at SAP. During his tenure of almost 20 years at SAP, Mr. Velasco has occupied positions in product management, consulting, development, strategy, go-to-market and diversity functions.

Jose has participated as a panelist at the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, testified before the United States Congress on the “Global Challenge of Autism” and collaborated on the topic of Corporate Social Innovation at the World Economic Forum. Through his work at SAP Autism at Work, Jose has been featured with the SAP Autism at Work Team in numerous global, national and local publications including the Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning, NBC, Fox, Inc. Magazine and Forbes among others.

Jose joined the board of The Arc in 2017.

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