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:

AccessibleEmployment.org works to provide employers, employees, and concerned citizens with the resources they need to be educated about employing the disabled.

Useful Resources

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

Federal Resources

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

Hiring Resources

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

Productivity Resources

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