Why hire an applicant with a disability?
- Employers demonstrate a commitment to corporate responsibility by increasing workplace diversity and appeal to public consumer values, increasing marketability.
- The safety record of employees with disabilities is virtually identical to that of non-disabled employees and people with disabilities have no greater absenteeism rates than non-disabled employees.
- Studies in the U.S. and Canada estimate that 70% of employees with disabilities require no accommodations.
Potential Financial Incentives
Employers who hire individuals with disabilities may qualify for work opportunity tax credits. These are similar to Welfare-to-Work tax credits but they apply specifically to employees with a disclosed disability. Further information can be found on the EDD's website. In addition, tax credits are available to eligible small businesses for increasing accessibility or the use of accommodations to assist disabled employees. Further information can be found at the Internal Revenue Service website.
On-the-job training (OJT) provides an opportunity for employers to hire and train individuals who will have their wages subsidized by the Department of Rehabilitation. This scenario lasts up to 3 months or upon reaching the designated salary cap, and allows the employee to gain valuable experience while employers and the employee determine if the job, workplace, and workplace culture are a good fit for all parties.
How to find a qualified applicant
We will work with your company to match reliable, skilled and qualified applicants with your employment needs. Send us your employment announcement and it will be shared among our professional staff of vocational specialists. Whenever possible, we will provide eager and qualified applicants with the skills necessary to perform the essential and required functions of the job.
District Disability Support Programs and Services
3375 Camino del Rio South, Room 275 | San Diego, CA 92108
619-388-6983 (voice) | 619-388-6534 (fax) | 619-550-3389 (videophone)