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Integrated Employment Toolkit

  1. Employers

    Employers
    Companies of all sizes benefit from having a skilled workforce that is adaptable to meet business needs. Targeted technical assistance, existing business models, and other relevant resources to support the hiring of people with disabilities are available to help employers modernize their workforce and tap into a broader range of human capital. This section includes basic information about the process and the resources available.

  2. Community Employment Agencies

    Community Employment Agencies
    Community Employment Agencies are critical resources for assisting job seekers with disabilities find integrated, community-based employment opportunities that reflect the individuals' preferences, skills and abilities. Whether agencies are already using a community-based employment approach or are considering developing the increased capacity to do so, this section highlights issues to consider and provides practical, applicable resources to support effective service delivery.

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  3. Individuals & Family Members

    Individuals and Family Members
    Finding a job of your choice or starting your own business is an exciting step in building a successful, satisfying career. Collected here are resources to help individuals with disabilities and their family members evaluate employment options and advocate for the one that fits them best.

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  4. Policymakers

    Policymakers
    Well-aligned public policies promote integrated, community-based employment among both providers and customers. Several states and the Federal government have already identified integrated employment as the optimal choice for employment for people with disabilities. This section includes materials, tools and resources to support effective disability employment policy.

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  5. Researchers

    Researchers
    This section includes research about integrated, community-based employment for people with disabilities with a special focus on evidence-based practices for its implementation. Articles and papers address organizational capacity and individual, community, and economic outcomes.

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  • Q&A: Employers

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    1. Are there flexible and customized arrangements for hiring people with disabilities that can help my business?
    Title Author Resource
    Customized Employment: Solutions for Employers The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy webcast Webcast

    This video presents customized employment as an innovative strategy for employers to increase efficiency, featuring models of success. (00:03:37)

    The Employer View on the Business Value of Hiring People with Developmental Disabilities The Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WiSe)) webcast Webcast

    Hear from large and small employers in Washington State about their experiences hiring people with developmental disabilities in this short video. The video also includes information on referral sources for new job candidates, training employees with developmental disabilities, and support from community employment agencies. (00:04:26)

    2. Where can I find examples of employers who have had success hiring people with disabilities?
    Title Author Resource
    Walgreens Program Puts the "Able" in Disabled MSNBC globe URL

    A Walgreens distribution center in South Carolina is well on the way to reaching its goal of filling at least one-third of its 800-person workforce with people with disabilities. See how this major chain store accommodates, appreciates, and promotes its diverse workforce.

    Successful Customized Employment Placement Videos Connect-Ability webcast Webcast

    These videos share the stories of people with disabilities who work in a wide range of professions, from biological laboratory technician to staff attorney at a legal clinic to trucking company owner. (Approximately 00:03:00 each)

    The Employer View on the Business Value of Hiring People with Developmental Disabilities The Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WiSe)) webcast Webcast

    Hear from large and small employers in Washington State about their experiences hiring people with developmental disabilities in this short video. The video also includes information on referral sources for new job candidates, training employees with developmental disabilities, and support from community employment agencies. (00:04:26)

    Customized Employment: Solutions for Employers The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy webcast Video

    This video presents customized employment as an innovative strategy for employers to increase efficiency, featuring models of success. (00:03:37)

    3. Are there business-led efforts to promote hiring people with disabilities?
    Title Author Resource
    U.S. Business Leadership Network Web Site   globe URL

    More than 5,000 employers are members of U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) affiliates, which support businesses in recruiting people with disabilities to meet their staffing needs. USBLN offers training on disability employment policy and workplace issues, disability mentoring and internship programs, and networking.

    Business Making a Difference: The InterContinental Hotels Group Virginia Commonwealth University pdf file PDF

    This joint publication of The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention explores opportunities for people with disabilities and employers in the hospitality industry to work together to advance their careers and businesses. It includes an analysis of issues and opportunities in the hospitality industry workforce and a profile of IHG's Corporate Training Initiatives.

    Walgreens Program Puts the "Able" in Disabled MSNBC globe URL

    A Walgreens distribution center in South Carolina is well on the way to reaching its goal of filling at least one-third of its 800-person workforce with people with disabilities. See how this major chain store accommodates, appreciates, and promotes its diverse workforce.

    4. What resources are available for information about hiring and accommodating people with disabilities?
    Title Author Resource
    Job Accommodation Network Web Site   globe URL

    The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free source of expert guidance on workplace accommodations, disability employment issues, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Businesses can access JAN publications or its database of accommodation resources online, or call or email to talk confidentiality with one of its experienced consultants.

    The Realities of Hiring People with Disabilities Howard Green pdf file PDF

    This fact sheet addresses some of the concerns employers might have about adding a person with a disability to their staff, including addressing performance standards and the cost of accommodations.

    Workplace Accommodations: Inexpensive and Effective Virginia Commonwealth University pdf file PDF

    See how two major corporations - IBM and Bank of America - have developed programs for recruiting and retaining people with disabilities. This resource also addresses some common questions about an employer's responsibility to provide accommodation.

    Sample Reasonable Accommodation Request Form for Employers The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) pdf file PDF

    Employers can use this form to collect requests for reasonable accommodations from employees.

    Tax Incentives for Providing Business Accessibility The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy pdf file PDF

    This Office of Disability Employment Policy guide explains the Disabled Access Credit for small businesses and the architectural/transportation tax deduction for barrier removal. It addresses what expenses are and are not covered, how the incentive is claimed, and eligibility guidelines.

    5. What resources are available for recruiting and hiring people with disabilities and how can I determine if they
    can help meet my hiring needs?
    Title Author Resource
    Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) Web Site   globe URL

    The EARN Web site contains a collection of resources about recruiting and hiring workers with disabilities, covering topics such as affirmative action, interviewing, job duty modification, return to work, employee assistance programs, and creating an inclusive and accessible workplace.

    "I Can" PSA (Close Captioned) The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Campaign for Disability Employment globe URL

    The materials developed by the "What Can You Do?" Campaign for Disability Employment can be used to promote an inclusive environment at your office or work Web site. In addition to the Public Service Announcement, this Web site contains other promotional resources including posters, Workplace Discussion Guides, logos, web and print ads, and social media connections. (Spanish-language resources also available.)

    "I Can" PSA Workplace Discussion Guide The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Campaign for Disability Employment globe URL

    Employers can use this resource to start a discussion among employees about making their workplace inclusive. The guide suggests ways to address misconceptions about the capacity of people with disabilities to work, the benefits to all employees of having an inclusive workplace, and changing attitudes.

    Job Accommodation Network Web Site   globe URL

    The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free source of expert guidance on workplace accommodations, disability employment issues, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Businesses can access JAN publications or its database of accommodation resources online, or call or email to talk confidentiality with one of its experienced consultants.

    Customized Employment: Put it to Work for Your Business The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy pdf file PDF

    This guide explains customized employment as a flexible work arrangement and a universal benefit to employers and employees.