Hiring Workers with Disabilities

The following links will take you to free national, state and local resources to help you find, hire and keep qualified workers with disabilities, in addition to helping you to determine appropriate workplace accommodations for your new employee. These resources are designed specifically for hiring managers, human resources professionals and employers.  Some resources are provided specifically for Federal hiring officials.

Finding SSA Employment Service Providers and Their Job-Ready Workers

Employers are encouraged to use the following link to access a map where you can click on a state and/or insert a zip code to find all of Social Security employment service providers serving job ready workers in that geographic area.

Go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/resource/jsp/searchByState.jsp

What About Accommodations?

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues for everyone. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities can bring to the workplace.

For Everyone: http://askjan.org/

For Employers: http://askjan.org/empl/index.htm

What About Accommodations in the Federal Workplace?

Federal agencies are responsible for providing accommodations for their employees. Some employees may benefit from assistance from Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) at the Department of Defense (DoD). Since 1990, CAP has been at the forefront of providing assistive technology to allow DoD employees and other Federal employees with disabilities, as well as their employers, to access electronic and information technology.

In support of Federal directives and Presidential Executive orders, and working in partnership with these Federal agencies, CAP has become a recognized leader in reasonable accommodations and in providing cutting edge assistive technologies. In 2001, through the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress expanded CAP's authority and responsibility, making it the government's centralized program to provide assistive technology devices and services free of charge to Federal agencies. "CAP has the authority to "provide assistive technology, devices, and services to any department or agency in the Federal government upon the request of the head of the agency".

CAP also assists Federal agencies in complying with Sections 501, 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Go to: http://cap.mil/

What is the Federal Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)?

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a free resource through which private businesses and federal agencies nationwide can identify qualified temporary and permanent candidates from a variety of professional fields. Applicants are highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates eager to prove their abilities in the workforce.

Go to: www.wrp.gov

What is EARN?

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities. EARN's vision is to increase employment and workplace inclusion for people with disabilities by engaging and empowering employers to be leaders in this effort. This is accomplished by empowering employers to source, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities through dissemination, collaboration, and technical assistance; and by researching and promoting promising employer-focused disability practices and policies.

Go to: http://www.askearn.org/