People with disabilities represent the single largest minority group seeking employment in today’s market. Both large and small companies have benefited by recruiting people with disabilities for many years.
According to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), companies that employ individuals with disabilities report great results and gain:
- Skilled employees.
Employees with disabilities learn to persevere and develop problem solving, planning, and people skills as part of managing a disability.
- Solid performance.
Statistically, employees with disabilities have better retention rates.
- Cost savings.
Workers with disabilities are rated consistently as average or above average in performance, quality and quantity of work, flexibility, and attendance.
AccessibleEmployment.org works to provide employers, employees, and concerned citizens with the resources they need to be educated about employing the disabled.
October is National Disability Awareness Month
http://www.dol.gov/odep/faqs/ndeam.htm – Information regarding National Disability Awareness Month
http://www.dol.gov/odep/programs/dmd.htm – Information regarding National Disability Mentoring Day
http://www.business.gov – A single access point to government services and information to help the nation’s businesses with their operations
http://www.disabilityinfo.gov – The federal government’s one-stop Web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others
http://www.earnworks.com – Employer Assistance and Recruitment Network (EARN) provides the business case for hiring disabled employees
http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/wwwh.htm – Information on disability disclosure
http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/advising.htm – Information on disability disclosure
http://www.dol.gov/odep/newfreedom/coc2007/videos.htm – (Video) Roundtable discussion for small businesses on hiring people with disabilities
Disability Employment 101 (PDF) – Answers most employer questions and concerns regarding hiring disabled workers
http://www.cabln.org/resource1.htm – The California BLN’s resource room
http://www.jan.wvu.edu – Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provided by the Department of Labor to give information on job accommodations for employees with disabilities
Tax Benefits and Credits Resources
Disability Tax Benefits and Credits – Information from the IRS (PDF)
Health Care Resources
http://www.yourtickettowork.com/program_info – Employment program for disabled social security beneficiaries who want to go to work
http://www.ssa.gov – Social Security Association’s Web site