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About Hiring People with Disabilities
- Campaign for Disability Employment
A collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.
- Disability Discrimination (U.S. EEOC)
Disability discrimination occurs when an employer or other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, or the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, treats a qualified individual with a disability who is an employee or applicant unfavorably because she has a disability.
- Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor (U.S. Department of Labor)
Designed to help employers determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization. The Advisor also helps recipients of federal financial assistance understand their responsibilities under these laws.
- Disability Employment Resource Page (Society of Human Resource Management)
A resource page created with employers in mind. Here you will find a wealth of resources, articles and links to help you source, recruit, retain and develop people with disabilities, a pool of talent too often overlooked by employers.
Designed to support all federal managers and human resources personnel, to advance the hiring and advancement of persons with disabilities in the federal government.
- Federal Employment of People With Disabilities (US Office of Personnel Mgmt.)
This site helps users with or without disabilities better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities.
- Human Resources Guide to Employing People With Disabilities (OnlineHumanResources.net)
The purpose of this resource is to provide human resource professionals with the tools and information to gain a greater understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to employing people with disabilities.
- "I Can" PSA (video from Campaign for Disability Employment)
This flagship video was produced specifically for the What Can YOU Do? Campaign. It features seven real people – not actors – with hidden and obvious disabilities, demonstrating what they “can do” on the job when given the opportunity. Intended for television broadcast, we would like to see this PSA and its inspiring message distributed as widely as possible. We invite you to share it with others so we can all remember that at work, it’s what people can do that matters.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Your resource for workplace productivity enhancements and reasonable accommodation solutions.
- Think Beyond the Label
Committed to making the business case for employing people with disabilities.
- U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy
ODEP was authorized by Congress in recognition of the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce.
Articles and Publications:
- 5 Myths & the Real Facts for Employers (Think Beyond the Label)
Myths and facts regarding hiring and providing accommodations for people with disabilities.
- Data on the Employment Status of People With a Disability (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
In June 2008, questions were added to the Current Population Survey (CPS) to identify persons with a disability in the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and older. The addition of these questions allowed BLS to begin releasing monthly labor force data from the CPS for persons with a disability. The collection of these data is sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
- Employees with Disabilities – Good Business Sense (Greater Lansing Business Monthly)
Despite the sometimes negative connotation associated with people with disabilities, these individuals are talented, hard working and, most importantly, want to work.
- Employer Perspectives on Employment of People with Disabilities (Office of Disability Employment Policy)
Features a survey of 3,797 businesses representing 2.4 million companies across 12 industry section and various company sizes. The brochure reports on the companies' beliefs about and strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing employees with disabilities.
- Employers’ Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA (Job Accommodation Network) (JAN)
A summary of some of the most frequent issues that employers have regarding accommodations and ADA compliance and JAN’s practical ideas for resolving them.
- Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace (Worksupport.com)
This free online seminar gives you an overview of Workplace Personal Assistance Services. The background and history of this workplace support is covered; as well as the role of the the Americans with Disabilities Act in Workplace Personal Assistance Services. Many aspects of WPAS are examined such as: assistive technology, self-employment, funding, and employers' perspectives. This complimentary course is beneficial to individuals with disabilities, employers, and community rehabilitation providers.
- Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce (Office of Disability Employment Policy)
While many employers indicate that they want to include young people with disabilities in their internships and hiring efforts, they don't always know where to recruit them.
- Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities (IRS)
Businesses accommodating people with disabilities may qualify for some of the following tax credits and deductions. More detailed information may be found in the IRS publications referenced.
- The ABCs of Schedule A (EEOC)
Advancing its campaign to increase federal hiring of employees with disabilities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a set of guides on leveraging Schedule A, an authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote individuals with disabilities without competing the job. The five “ABCs of Schedule A” guides are tailored for each participant in the federal hiring process: Service Providers, Applicants with Disabilities, Human Resources Professionals, Hiring Managers, and Disability Program Manager and/or Selective Placement Coordinator.
- Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Applicant with a Developmental Disability (NY.gov)
Hiring a qualified worker with a disability makes good business sense. Employers tell us that these attributes have sold them on employing a qualified worker with a disability.