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According to the US Census Bureau, approximately one in five people have a physical or mental disability and one in three has a close friend or family member with a disability.

Workforce Solutions Panhandle offers resources regarding topics ranging from accessibility to workplace success for employees with disabilities.

ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES

Reach a wider customer base by making your products and services more accessible. Below are several resources to help provide reasonable accommodations and access as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • A Guide to Disability Rights Law: This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, contact the agencies and organizations listed in the guide.
  • Southwest ADA Center: The Center offers a free ADA hotline for confidential guidance on disability rights issues; for more information call 800.949.4232.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: The DOJ has made available online the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. These standards were adopted as part of the revised regulations for Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • DOJ Civil Rights Division: The Division has released a new illustrated guide to help small business owners understand the requirements of the revised Americans with Disabilities Act.

RECRUITMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT

Recent studies have shown having an employee base that reflects your customer base will keep you connected and allow you to better serve your customers.

When comparing two employee groups (one with disabilities and one without disabilities) employers have reported that the group with disabilities were rated significantly higher in dedication to their job and had significantly less turnover compared to the employees without disabilities.

If your organization does not have a formula to calculate your turnover cost, visit the Center for Community and Economic Development, University of Wisconsin Extension for a tool to customize and calculate employee turnover.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO ASSIST IN RECRUTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

US Business Leaders Network: This national disability organization, which represents more than 5,000 employers, helps build workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are respected for their talents, while supporting the development and expansion of its BLN affiliates.

Workforce Recruitment Program: This program offers a database of college students with disabilities to help federal and private sector employers in their recruitment efforts. Private sector employers can search the database by contacting the Employer Assistance & Resource Network at 866.327.6669.

RETENTION OF EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES

Chances are you already have people with disabilities working in your organization but are unaware of it due to the disclosure issue. Don't lose valuable employees and experienced workers because of their disability. There is support and many resources available to help you figure out the right accommodation for your employee and incentives to help you defray the cost of being accessible.
  • Download information about workforce accommodations from the Job Accommodations Network.
  • For up-to-date information on State incentives, contact Business Services at 806.350.1621.
  • The Return to Work Toolkit helps both employers and an employee understand the process of returning to work and provides resources to assist in getting employees back on the job quickly and smoothly.

WORKPLACE SUCCESS FOR YOUR EMLPOYEES WITH DISABILITIES

To ensure continued success for your employees with disabilities, consider implementing the following practices:
  • Best Practices: Make disability part of the diversity spectrum for better outreach and to make people with disabilities feel welcome as an employee.
  • Mentorship/Career Advancement: Offer the same opportunities to workers with disabilities with respect to advancement and professional development.
  • Employee Resource Group: Create a disability/diversity related employee affinity group.

OTHER RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

Job Accommodation Network
Employer Assistance & Resources Network
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
U.S. Department of Justice
Southwest ADA
ADA Guide for Small Businesses
Society of Human Resources Management
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers

For further assistance or clarifications, please consult your Disability Navigator or Business Services Representative at Workforce Solutions.

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