When private businesses partnering with public disability agencies will achieve
success in recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining qualified workers with
Did You Know?
Companies in many industries report difficulty finding enough skilled workers
to fill available jobs.
People with disabilities are the largest source of untapped talent in today’s
There are many tax incentives available to businesses for training and
hiring people with disabilities.
Local vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs are a resource to help business
in recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining of workers with disabilities.
Business Leadership Networks (BLNs) are employer-led organizations that
share innovative best practices in hiring and retaining people with disabilities.
BLNs help employers meet current and future labor needs.
Business needs skilled, qualified workers to fill its labor demands and grow
into new markets. Rehabilitation programs need employment placements for their
customers – people with disabilities. A strong partnership is a win-win
situation. Private businesses partnering with public disability agencies will
achieve success in recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining qualified workers
Who Benefits from the Partnership?
Access to a wider range of qualified candidates
Learn how to meet workers accommodation needs
Reduced turnover and improved attendance of workers
Increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities
Improved knowledge of business culture and needs
Realistic skills training
Enhanced customer satisfaction
How to Develop a Partnership?
The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce in Maryland began working with the local
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program when the chamber sponsored a BLN (Business
Leadership Network). The chamber and VR regularly plan for the region's workforce
needs. VR develops training and support programs and the result is a steady
pipeline of job-ready workers with disabilities – meeting the labor demands
of the region.
Working Partnerships Resources
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the University of
Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
The ADRS has developed a single point of contact for employers.
Employer Development Coordinators (EDC) actively share information in the
business community and coordinate services across the various community rehabilitation
A partnership between ADRS and the UAB was formed some 20 years ago.
UAB and ADRS now work together to provide timely and aggressive employee
intervention strategies for University personnel whose jobs have been affected
by illness, injury or disability.
The focus of the partnership is to help the university retain valued employees
by tapping into the disability management resources of ADRS.