Inclusion and diversity extends to people with disabilities, who are the largest minority subgroup in the United States. Ninety-three percent of customers surveyed said they feel more favorable toward businesses that hire people with disabilities.
With an aging workforce and wounded veterans returning to civilian life, workplace disability continues to grow. In the United States, this often-ignored market segment represents 54 million people, with an aggregate income that exceeds $1 trillion and has $220 billion in discretionary spending power.
Insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of the operation and the organization's accident experience, not on whether workers have disabilities.
Several studies assessed safety records and employee worker compensation claims and found no difference between employees with or without disabilities.
According to the Job Accommodation Network, more than half of all accommodations cost nothing:
Your business may qualify for tax deductions or credits, including the Disabled Access Credit, Barrier Removal Tax Deduction or Work Opportunity Credit. Visit the IRS web site for more information.
DARS can assist with job recruiting, pre-screening and placement and set up job fairs and job training opportunities, including on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships or unpaid work experiences, before you hire someone.
DARS can train your managers and human resource personnel in disability awareness and etiquette. This can increase supervisors' comfort in discussing disability issues and help foster supportive supervisor-employee relationships that encourage employees to disclose job needs.
DARS may hire a job coach to assist with job training - saving you time and money. Job coaches work one-on-one with employees through the initial job phases to ensure success. As employees become more independent in their positions, the job coach will gradually "fade out" of the workplace, but will check in occasionally to make sure things are going smoothly.
Ask how DARS can help with your organization's workforce needs. Contact the business development manager in your region by visiting our Meet the Team page.