There are many reasons why you should consider hiring someone with a disability. And none of the reasons have anything to do with the actual disability. People with disabilities have the same wants, needs and desires as anyone else, and many of those desires include being employed.
There are so many myths out there of why you shouldn’t hire someone with a disability. We are going to dispel those myths for you one by one.
Numerous resources are available to help employers. A few examples include:
- Person Centered Plan determines services
- Supported Employment providers conduct career assessment & counseling
- Job coaching by employment specialists
- Follow-along coaching on the job
- Financial assistance and tax credits for Employers
- Training for managers and staff
The Bottom Line
- Disabled workers represent a significant and untapped segment of the US Labor Market.
How you can Help
- Invite agencies and resources to educate your organization.
- Get senior management commitment.
- Educate local resources about your needs.
- Talk to your employees.
- Share your experiences to spread learning.
- If appropriate…provide volunteer or job preview opportunities.
- Your company
- Your customers
- All your employees
- Individuals with disabilities
- Our community
**Thanks to Dave Dougherty for contributions made to this page