By checking the [x] highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities permission checkbox on your job posting, you are tapping into a diverse and talented candidate pool. You increase the exposure of your job by highlighting it for non-profit, community-based organizations in your area that help employers meet their needs for diversity and outreach by referring pre-screened, qualified candidates with disabilities for your job openings.
Some industries are already beginning to feel the crunch of a shrinking workforce. Over the next 5-10 years, this phenomenon is expected to spread. Employers are discovering that recruiting people with disabilities is not only good for diversity but may also become necessary to remain competitive in business.
According to focus group research conducted by EARN in 2004, one of the most significant workforce issues facing employers today is finding and retaining qualified employees. Unfortunately, these same employers often have the misconception that people with disabilities are unable to perform the type of work the organization needs to be done. In reality, studies show that employees with disabilities perform equally or superior to employees without disabilities and also have average to above-average retention rates.
State and Federal tax incentives are available to employers hiring, retaining and accommodating people with disabilities:
Businesses and organizations intending to use tax incentives should contact their tax advisor before claiming these credits and deductions. Ask your tax advisor about possible tax incentives in your state.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Focus On Ability
NASA: "Not that people with disabilities can't do things, they just do them differently"
Microsoft: "If you want to be a business leader and want access to top talent and enhanced market opportunity, you should absolutely promote accessibility."
RRTC's BizNet: In Virginia, Manpower and SunTrust Bank share a commitment to including more people with disabilities in the work force.
So if you'd like to access all of this, make sure to check the box [x] highlight job opening for persons with disabilities in your job posting.
Questions? Contact Matt Poland firstname.lastname@example.org