People with disabilities who have been welcomed into the workforce at all levels have proven to be both innately innovative and extremely loyal to their employers. Altogether, according to the University of New Hampshire annual Disability Statistics Compendium, there are 334,505 working-age people with disabilities living in Maryland. However, even though the vast majority of them would like to find gainful employment, only 41.1 percent — less than 4 in 10 — have been able to find a job, ranking Maryland 17th in the country in terms of employing people with disabilities. There are literally millions of open jobs today and millions of people with disabilities ready to work. As employers face a real shortage of talent, hiring people with disabilities can be a great solution. They can bring innovation and loyalty to any team.