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Benefits and Opportunities for Employers Who Hire People With Disabilities

  • By opening your job searches to qualified people with disabilities, you gain access to a new and vital talent pool of workers
  • A healthy workforce includes people with different abilities
  • A diverse workforce gives you a competitive advantage by adding new ideas, viewpoints and approaches to solving your business challenges
  • Your employees and customers appreciate diversity
  • Making accommodations for people with disabilities is usually easy and inexpensive, and can actually carry a return
  • The average accommodation costs less than $500
  • Companies earn an average return of $28.69 for every dollar invested in making an accommodation
  • Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense because it has a direct impact on your bottom line
  • Retention rates among people with disabilities are higher than average thus reducing training costs
  • People with disabilities are loyal customers to businesses who support them
  • Customers with disabilities control discretionary income of nearly $200 billion (twice the teen market)

Hiring People with Disabilities

As an employer, you can take advantage of various programs that encourage the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. This will also make you eligible for tax credits that help cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities. While this is an excellent way to expand and enhance your business, keep in mind that you will need to comply with certain legal requirements concerning the accommodation of employees with disabilities. If you are a new employer or new to employing people with disabilities, you should start by reading the Guide to Disability Rights Laws. This guide summarizes the major disability laws affecting employers, governments, schools and other organizations. Americans with Disabilities Act The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires any employer with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, unless doing so would cause undue hardship. A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment that enables a person with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities. Explore these resources for more information on how to comply with the ADA.

Provides an easy-to-read, overview of the basic employment provisions of the ADA as they relate to employees and job applicants.

Explains how to comply with the ADA’s nondiscrimination standards when hiring and employing people with disabilities.

Of the estimated 55 million people in the United States with disabilities:

  • 73% are heads of households 73% 73%
  • 58% own homes 58% 58%
  • 48% are principal shoppers controlling over $220 billion in discretinary income 48% 48%

Offers answers to key questions facing small businesses in connection with reasonable accommodations. Read about the obligations of both employers and individuals with disabilities, and review the limits on how far employers must go in providing reasonable accommodations. Hiring People with Disabilities Now that you are familiar with ADA, you are ready to take the next steps in employing people with disabilities. The following resources will help you understand the ins and outs of hiring people with disabilities.

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring Persons With Disabilities

Provides a checklist for how to comply with ADA standards.

Covers the benefits and tax incentives for employers hiring veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Offers a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions and compliance with the ADA. Worksite Accommodations If you have decided to employ people with special needs, you must be sure that they will have a comfortable work environment. These Worksite Accommodation Fact Sheets will help you ensure that all your employees have a safe and comfortable work environment. Federal Tax Incentives Employing people with disabilities will qualify you for various tax credits from the federal government. Click on these links to learn more about which credits you may be eligible for.

Provides an overview on the tax incentives available to help employers cover accommodation costs for employees and/or customers with disabilities, making their businesses accessible for everyone.

Supplies information on the Internal Revenue Service’s disability-related provisions of particular interest to businesses as well as people with disabilities.

Details tax incentives available to help small businesses cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities and to make their places of business accessible.

Covers how to take advantage of the tax credit and deduction available for complying with the ADA.