Hiring People With Disabilities
Why You Should Hire People With Disabilities
The Commonwealth is missing out on a large untapped resource- people with disabilities! Below are several good reasons why you should strive to hire them:
- Available - Over 11% of working individuals identify themselves as having a disability
- Educated - 30% of individuals with disabilities hold college degrees
- Dedicated -statistically this group has less absenteeism
- Hard working - are not at all impeded from getting the job done
- Accommodations - if needed, cost little to nothing – averaging $500 or less
- Training time - consistent with the average employee
MAP - Follow these best practices for recruiting/retaining People with Disabilities:
Market your career opportunities or Agency!
- Get Involved with Disability Inclusion programs and services
- Provide disability-friendly job postings and interviews
- Host or attend career fairs or conferences dedicated to people with disabilities
Accommodate and be flexible!
- Facilitate a disability-friendly workplace culture
- Evaluate facility, workspace, and website accessibility
- Promote interactive discussions with candidates and employees regarding accommodation needs
Plan for success!
- Establish and promote workplace mentoring and job shadowing opportunities
- Educate and inform managers and employees on processes for requesting and determining accommodations
The Job Accommodation Network is a service provided by the United States Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN is one of several ODEP technical assistance centers.
A network that assists employers with recruiting, hiring, and retaining people with disabilities.
A web based resource that allows employers in both private and public sectors to search a database of federal employees that have been displaced from their federal jobs due to a work related injury.
A search engine on JAN that allows users to find various accommodation options for people with disabilities in workplace and recreational settings.
The goal of Virginia Ability is to assist businesses in providing solutions for increasing workforce and marketplace diversity by including people with disabilities.
A recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers to college students and recent graduates with disabilities through summer or permanent job opportunities.