HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
An Untapped Source of Dependable Employees
In general, workers with disabilities have higher-than-average retention rates and company loyalty.
They also makeup about 22 percent of Florida’s population and represent America’s largest minority, accounting for about 19.3 percent of the general population.
Hiring people with disabilities can also help you tap an enormous market niche. People with disabilities have a combined income of more than $1 trillion and $220 billion in discretionary income. In comparison, the teen market only controls $140 billion.
New Tool for Federal Contractors
To help federal contractors reach out to workers with disabilities, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a tool to support greater self-identification by individuals with disabilities. OFCCP created this video to explain why voluntary self-identification is a good thing. Contractors may wish to download and post this video on their Intranet or company Web sites to share with their employees and job applicants who may be reluctant to self-identify, or who may not understand why they are being asked to self-identify.
Hiring People with Disabilities Training Session
The CareerSource Disability Navigator Initiative is working to bring businesses qualified employees with disabilities who want to work. This program will provide training at your worksite for HR, management, or workforce staff.
Topics covered include:
- Disability awareness and sensitivity
- Reasonable accommodations
- Tax incentives
- Customized jobs (job carving)
- How to create a corporate culture built on diversity and trust