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Building an Inclusive Workforce for Your Business

Competence and flexibility... they are vital skills that employers seek. Today more than ever, businesses need people with the ability to adapt to different situations and circumstances. And perhaps more than any other group, people with disabilities possess precisely these attributes.

On a daily basis, people with disabilities must think creatively about how to solve problems and accomplish tasks. In the workplace, this translates into innovative thinking and varied approaches to confronting challenges and achieving success. But while research shows that people with disabilities make excellent employees, not all employers know how to effectively recruit, retain and advance such individuals.

That's where Building an Inclusive Workforce comes in. It's a newly updated, step-by-step desktop reference guide to proactively integrating people with disabilities into your workforce. Available free of charge, this publication offers information and resources to assist in:

  • Understanding the Business Case
  • Creating an Inclusive Culture
  • Recruiting and Hiring
  • Retaining and Advancing Employees

Building an Inclusive Workforce was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). To order copies, visit ODEP's publications order webpage. To learn more about ODEP's efforts to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, visit the ODEP website.

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