Helping Your Company Thrive

Hiring persons with disabilities can improve agency culture, enhance morale among the employees and create a more diverse workplace. Businesses gain skilled workers who are dedicated, dependable and motivated to showcase their abilities. The benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities are evident for the businesses, persons with disabilities and our community.

Business Thrives by Hiring Disabled Workers

Building a Diverse Workforce

Businesses focused on inclusion in the workplace create more opportunities for people with disabilities.

Walgreens Makes It Their Mission

On the national scale, nationwide pharmacy Walgreens has made it their mission to hire people with disabilities in a fully inclusive workspace. The company has been vocal about their experience and has pushed for more opportunities for people with disabilities through their hiring initiatives.

Crown Promotes Diversity

Crown Equipment Corporation in New Bremen, Ohio, is one of the 100 businesses that joined the Ohio Business Leadership Network, which provides employers with resources on how to retain a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities.

“Crown is committed to an inclusive workforce and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This commitment includes participating in training that promotes workplace diversity awareness such as Windmills.”

Samantha Boutaam
EEO/Immigration Specialist
Crown Equipment Corporation
New Bremen, Ohio

Free Windmills Diversity Training Available to Businesses

Windmills is a FREE interactive training program provided by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities designed for businesses. The program’s goal is to enhance awareness of cultural diversity and examine personal attitudes and biases toward people with disabilities. Find out more about how you can apply this training to your business by contacting an ODD Windmills facilitator.

Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

Hiring a person with a disability brings many benefits beyond just filling a job, such as higher return on investment, marketing and innovation.

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Here Are a Few More Reasons to Hire People With Disabilities From The Business Case.

Myths and Facts About Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

There are many myths out there concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its influence on employers. We’ve put together a list from the U.S. Department of Labor to help bust those myths!

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Employment Support Services

Job Coaching and Job Follow Along are valuable resources available to help both the employee and the employer.

Job Coaching

Skilled coaches assist the individual employee with learning:

  • Tasks of the job
  • Technology needed for the job
  • Expectations of the supervisor
  • Workplace etiquette

Job Follow Along

Ongoing support:

  • Regular meetings with the employee to talk about things that are going well and address any difficulties or issues. Frequency and duration are based on the need of the individual; for example, once a week, every other week, once a month, etc.
  • A resource for employers if any questions or concerns arise.
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Project SEARCH: Connecting Students and Employment Opportunities

Project SEARCH is a one-year school-to-work program for students with disabilities whose goal is competitive employment. Using instruction and immersion, the students are prepared to meet employment expectations when they enter the workforce.

Project SEARCH prepares students with:

  • Skills that match labor need
  • High performance and retention in entry-level positions prone to high turnover
  • Work-ready employees with problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and social skills

“When this journey started, I thought this would be an important opportunity for Otterbein St. Marys to support a program in our community. However, I quickly learned that these interns brought so much more to Otterbein. Their gift of smiles, love, visits, time and talents have brought more than we could ever imagine. The interns are making a difference in the lives of our elders, our partners and our community. We are blessed to be a part of it!”

Melissa Smalley
Executive Director
Otterbein St. Marys
St. Marys, Ohio

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Join Auglaize County’s Leaders in Workforce Diversity

  • American Trim
  • Astro Lanes
  • Capabilities
  • Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Kah Meats
  • Kroger
  • McCullough Transportation
  • McDonald’s
  • New Bremen Machine & Tool
  • Otterbein St. Marys
  • Pizza Hut
  • RT Industries
  • Taco Bell
  • Walmart
  • 17 West

Looking to Hire? Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about hiring persons with disabilities or are need of volunteers, please contact:

Julie Herbst
Community Connections Specialist
419-629-2419 ext. 103
jherbst@auglaizedd.org