Disability Employment and Inclusion: Your Guide to Success
The Workplace Initiative
UPDATED: August 1, 2016
If you are reading this guide, it is likely you are about to begin your first disability employment and inclusion hiring initiative or expand an existing initiative to additional locations. Many companies are already tapping into this highly motivated, underrepresented workforce and are realizing a return on investment that goes well beyond fulfilling the need for manpower to include enhanced employee, customer and community engagement. The purpose of this guide is to help you create a program that successfully integrates people with disabilities into your own workforce.
As we begin to guide you through the process of creating a disability inclusion initiative, it is important to understand that a successful program, at its best, means people with disabilities are treated no differently than any other employee. They will be held to the same standards as the broader workforce: same pay, same performance expectations and same integrated work facilities.
This guide was created with input from experts in the field of disability employment and inclusion, as well as employers with on-the-ground experience. While every site and every community is unique and may require adjustments to meet specific needs, this guide provides resources, support and a launching point for your own success. For federal contractors, this will also help you fulfill your contractual requirement as it relates to people with disabilities