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.
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!
Job Coaching and Job Follow Along are valuable resources available to help both the employee and the employer.
Skilled coaches assist the individual employee with learning:
Tasks of the job
Technology needed for the job
Expectations of the supervisor
Job Follow Along
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.
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