IBI Regional Event Seattle

The Impact of Childhood Disabilities on Families and Workplace Productivity

Thursday, June 20, 2024

About the Seattle Regional Event

Join us Thursday, June 20 for a compelling discussion around the impact of childhood disabilities on caregivers and the effect on workplace productivity.

Nearly 2 million children in the U.S. have a serious disability or are critically ill. The impact on their families is profound:

•   53 hours per week spent on caregiving
•   73% have at least one parent who quits or reduces hours – usually mom
•   54% live under serious financial strain
•   Nearly 5 times more likely for a single parent to be a mother
•   50% less likely for mothers to become or continue to be executives
•   70% higher rate of divorce within first 5 years of diagnosis


Childhood disability also has costs for employers. At a typical large employer with 50,000 U.S. employees, 2 employees every week are newly impacted by a severe child disability. This can lead to a potential loss of $33m per year in leave-related costs, lower productivity, and turnover.

Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell St. Seattle, WA 98101

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