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Successful Recruiting in the Disability Community. Important Things to Know. Talent has no boundaries. Workforce diversity includes workers with disabilities. Disability Community Facts.

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Successful Recruiting in the Disability Community

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services


Important Things to Know

  • Talent has no boundaries.

  • Workforce diversity includes workers with disabilities.

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services


Disability Community Facts

  • 56 million people with disabilities plus close family, friends and supporters comprise almost 1/3 or the U.S. population

  • 20 million out of the 70 million U.S. families have at least one member with a disability, or one out of 10 families raising children have at least one child with a disability

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Disability Community Facts, cont.

  • People with disabilities in the U.S. have an annual spending power of $796 billion—more than any other ethnic minority group.

  • People with disabilities are the last untapped labor source in the country.

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services


Disability Community Facts, cont.

  • Targeting the disability community as a customer and labor source is the hot, new, and rising trend in the American business community.

  • In Indiana, companies like Lowe’s, Walgreens, CVS, Fort Wayne Metals, PDF, Inc., Best Buy, and several hospital systems are taking advantage of this corporate advantage.

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services


Benefits to Business

  • New Customer Niche Group

  • Increased Brand Loyalty

  • Improved Community Relations Risk Reduction/ADA Compliance Support

  • Reduced Recruiting Costs

  • Reduced Training Costs

  • Reduced Turnover

  • Tax Credits

  • Other Incentives

  • Increased Diversity

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Typical Business Concerns

  • Am I stuck forever paying a sub-standard employee?

  • How do I effectively communicate with employees who have disabilities?

  • Additional supervision

  • Higher insurance/workers’ compensation costs

  • Loss of productivity

  • What if it doesn’t work out?

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Simple Answers

  • No increase in supervision, insurance, or workers’ compensation costs

  • Not required to lower quality or standards for any employee

  • Typically, a dedicated and loyal group of employees who give 100% every day

  • The bottom line of disability outreach is to lower costs and increase incentives

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What Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Can Do for You

  • Diversity training

  • Human resource mentoring

  • Recruiting/screening/training support

  • Disability management support

  • ADA consultation and training

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What VRS Can Do for You, cont.

  • Rehabilitation and assistive technology assessments

  • Job accommodations/modification supports

  • Marketing collaboration

  • State and federal work incentives: on-the-job training, internships, WOTC

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Section 503 Federal Contractor Responsibilities

  • Abide by Equal Opportunity clauses

  • Provide invitation to self-identify

  • Review personnel practices

  • Review job requirements

  • Provide reasonable accommodations

  • Review employment practices

  • Provide job postings

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Business & Disability Resources

Making the Business Case:

  • www.apse.org/business/

  • www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com/

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