Discipline: Human Resources Management
Despite numerous local and international statutes on their acceptance in mainstream employment, persons with disability (PWD) still experience various forms of discrimination. Considered as a minority group, the treatment they receive may result from the attitude–often unfounded or based on incorrect stereotypes–that employers hold toward them. To test this hypothesis, an attitude scale was given to 210 employers or HR practitioners from various industries in the Philippines. The data were subjected to factor analysis to uncover the dimensions that make up these attitudes. Multiple regression analysis and analysis of variance were also conducted to determine the relationships between these factors and the other variables in the study. Filipino employers were found to have a generally positive attitude towards PWDs and their decision to hire a PWD may be determined by the value this will add to the business. The attitudes of employers likewise vary according to companies and PWD characteristics. In light of the results, several recommendations for the improvement of the employability of PWDs in the country are proposed.