What are the benefits of hiring people with Intellectual Disabilities?

Dedicated and reliable employees: People with developmental disabilities have built a reputation for themselves as hard-working and dedicated employees who take pride in their work and the organizations that employ them.

Low employee turnover: Strong employer loyalty pays off in reduced costs associated with turnover. A three-year study at Washington Mutual, Inc. found a turnover rate of 8% among people with developmental disabilities, compared with an overall rate of 45%, according to an article in Crain's Chicago Business (April 7, 2003).

Agency-provided job training: Workers are trained for your company's specific needs by one of 3 agencies that provide services in Clallam County (Port Angeles, Sequim and surrounding areas) to people with developmental disabilities. These agencies work with employers to assess their workforce needs and provide job-specific skills training to individual workers.

Ongoing agency support: The employment support agencies that match employees with your company's needs don't disappear once the worker is on the job. A job coach from the agency provides ongoing employee support and assessment to assure a good fit and mutual satisfaction between employer and employee.

Economic incentives: Hiring workers with developmental disabilities also can make your company eligible for economic incentives such as The Work Opportunity Tax Credit. The federal tax credit program encourages the employment of nine targeted groups of job seekers by reducing employers' federal income tax liability by as much as $2,400 per qualified new worker. Other economic incentives that your company may qualify for include the Small Business Tax Credit and the Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction.

Benefits to your bottom line: Hiring workers with developmental disabilities can benefit your bottom line. Joe Warren of Canon USA says that bringing on employees with disabilities to clean, sort, and inspect accessories like straps, cords, and instruction booklets from returned Canon products saves his company $5 million per year that would otherwise go to a foreign supplier.

Community recognition: Employing workers with developmental disabilities often also brings community support. Mark Regan of Boston Market Corporation says that the dining room attendants with disabilities who are employed to help clear tables and offer drink refills have prompted many customers to vow their support of Boston Market.

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1. What are the benefits of hiring people with Intellectual Disabilities?
2. Are accommodations expensive?
3. Is supervision of employees with disabilities different than employees without disabilities?
4. Will having employees with disabilities increase my workers' compensation costs?
5. Will having employees with disabilities increase my organization's health care costs?
6. Are employees with disabilities as productive as employees without disabilities?
7. Are employees with disabilities absent from work more often?