The U.S., Ecuador and the "Wheelchair Revolution"

In Ecuador, there were also plenty of objections to the 4 percent quota, with pharmacy chains and banks reporting that they had to create new positions that were not of much use to these corporations, in order to fulfill quotas and avoid hefty fines.

Companies in the South American country also complained that quotas affected productivity. That said, some employers found no problems with the new law, and claimed that some workers with disabilities were actually more productive than those with no disabilities.

Mariela Alvarez, a human resources director for a major car battery manufacturer told Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo that employees with hearing disabilities were very efficient workers at her company. "They concentrate a lot at work, because they can´t entertain themselves with the noises around them," Alvarez said. "So they end up producing more than what we expect from them."

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