Recruiting people with disabilities is easier than you think. There are plenty of people ready and willing to work; it's just a matter of letting them know you're looking. Below are some simple, yet very effective recruiting suggestions you may want to consider:
- Use the Job Description Writer to build a meaningful job description with a focus on ability.
- Include a physical demand section to ensure that the applicant can handle the rigors of the position. Read more !
- Make job announcements available in alternate formats, such as large print, audiotape, or Braille.
- Make sure your company website is accessible. Click here to find out.
- Make your workplace accessible.
- Send all your vacancy announcements to disability-related organizations.
- Mention your interest in receiving applications from people with disabilities.
- Participate in job fairs, conferences and meetings sponsored by local disability-related groups.
- Volunteer to serve on boards of disability groups.
|Visit the Links Tab for ways to connect.
|| |Recruiting Resources:
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN
) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities.
Post on Job Boards
- EARN assists in matching these pre-screened, highly qualified students with private and public sector jobs. If you have summer internship opportunities or entry-level positions available, please have your hiring manager complete and submit the form at WRP Internships.
- EARN will provide you with resumes of qualified candidates within 3-4 business days.
There are online job boards specifically geared toward job seekers with disabilities. These online job boards are great places to advertise your job announcements.
|Visit the Links Tab to access these resources; fees may be associated with job posting.
Find Local Assistance
Use the Disability Services Locator on the disabilityworks website to find the help you need. The Work Incentive Planning Assistance program helps individuals who receive SSI or SSDI, and are interested in getting a job, understand how working will affect their benefits.
- A person eligible for the Ticket-to-Work program is entitled to WIPA counseling.
- WIPA information and services are available by appointment only.
- Other organizations offering resources or services to people with disabilities are also provided.
Hiring Managers can use the tips presented in this document
to make the most out of your interview process.
|Visit the Videos Tab for more information about interviewing people with disabilities. Use the Employer Tool Kit to get stared!
Incentives for small and medium-sized businesses make tapping into the disability community an attractive recruiting strategy. There are three tax incentives available to help employers cover accommodation costs for employees or customers with disabilities.
The Small Business Tax Credit
Businesses can take advantage of two Federal tax incentives available to help cover costs of making access improvements for customers with disabilities. Click here for details (PDF).
Architectural and Transportation Tax Deduction
All businesses are eligible to take an annual deduction for expenses incurred to remove physical, structural, and transportation (i.e. vehicle-related) barriers for persons with disabilities at the workplace. Visit the Links Tab for details.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The WOTC helps American workers with barriers to employment benefit from the creation of effective regional economic development strategies, and create high performance workplaces. Click here for more information .