Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Resources for Businesses

Workers with Disabilites - Employment Tax Credit (WETC)

Businesses that employ people who currently receive vocational rehabilitation services (or people who received them up to two years prior to hire) may earn $2,100 more in state tax credits. You get the credit during the second year of employment and can combine it with the WOTC credit.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Helps disabled persons receiving rehabilitation services move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers, while participating employers are able to reduce their income tax liability. The maximum tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the employee hired. 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN Offers Practical Solutions & Workplace Success: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both business and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows businesses how to capitalize on the value and talent that workers with disabilities add to the workplace.

JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for workers with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private businesses of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives, and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families. Visit www.askjan.org for answers to questions about employing workers with disabilities.

Diversity Partners: Resources for Human Service Staff Working with Job Seekers with Disabilities

Diversity Partners offers resources about:

  • Learning about the context, skills and behaviors that support or hinder relationships with business.
  • Supporting integration of promising practices into the everyday practices of employment service professionals serving job seekers with disabilities.
  • Advancing the understanding of how disability can impact work and strategies that might mitigate that impact.
  • Engaging agencies and personnel in capacity building and organizational change to create and sustain mutually beneficial employer partnerships.

Diversity Partners uses a combination of in-person training, online toolboxes, and on-demand technical assistance to users.

Materials and technical assistance are aimed at creating and sustaining the organizational change required to improve practices in the context of business relationships; as well as information and knowledge regarding capacity building and cross-sector partnerships.

Diversity Partners was developed through a process of multi-stakeholder input, qualitative inquiry, and a piloting phase to refine the content and its delivery. It can be implemented within a single agency, or among a consortium of collaborators at no cost.

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Resources for Staff Training

In order to successfully implement inclusive technology practices, the relevant staff across your organization will need training in accessibility.

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) provides staff training resources for getting started with training your staff in the accessibility skills relevant to their specific roles, from executives to web developers.

Included in this resource is information on:

  • Accessibility Staff Training for Specific Roles
  • Disability Inclusion Basics
  • Digital Accessibility Basics
  • Web Development and Design
  • Communicating About Accessibility
  • Making the Business Case
  • Measuring and Evaluating Progress
  • Professional Development
  • Hiring Accessibility Consultants & User Testers

Accessible eRecruiting Using Social Media Employer Tip Sheet

Accessibility 'Pain Points and Solutions' from PEAT, to ensure that all users, including those with disabilities, can access and absorb the social media posts you use to search for candidates, connect with talent, and advertise your company's brand.

Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

This series of 3-minute disabilitiy-related videos, funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, discusses inclusion in the workplace.

BLS - 2017 Labor Force Characteristics

"The unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 9.2 percent in 2017, more than twice that of those with no disability (4.2 percent)."

US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy Working Works Campaign

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has a new public service announcement on the benefits of work, and the roles different people play in helping individuals who become ill or injured stay in the workforce.

To watch the videos, please click here

Informative Articles & News Stories

Down Syndrome Entrepreneur John Cronin to Speak at Congressional Hearing on Hiring People with Developmental Disabilities

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Meeting: Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities

5 Ways to Make Your Workplace Inclusive for People with Invisible Disabiilties

Build an Inclusive Work Culture

Job Accommodations Bring Jobs Within Reach

For Disabled Man Who Inspires Others, 'Be Not Afraid" is a Way of Life

What It's Like to be a Blind Software Engineer at Amazon

How Employees with Autism Can Make Businesses Better

Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help

Disability Resource Coordinators (DRC) are available to assist businesses who want to hire workers with disabilities. The DRC's goals are to improve education and employment outcomes for workers who have disabilities. We are currently focusing on additional services for youth with disabilities to increase their participation in career pathways programs. DRCs provide on-going support and disability services including adaptive equipment resources, job placement, job retention, benefits counseling (Ticket to Work), and career guidance resources. The DRCs are developing a broader business engagement approach to address business needs and develop a sustainable workforce talent pipeline.”

For more information, please contact us at 607-432-4800, Ext. 109 or send us an email at [email protected].

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