Especially4U Catering & Restaurant Employer Story
Honored as an Outstanding Employer, Business Owner Shayann Jones shares her experience working with individuals who have disabilities.
Diversify Your Workforce
Finding qualified and dependable employees is one of the greatest challenges many business leaders face. People with disabilities have the talents, skills and abilities you need. They are dependable, enthusiastic and some of the most loyal employees you will find.
Many of America's finest companies seek and hire people with disabilities, and they have found it to be an appropriate and effective business move. Why not join them?
Resources to Get Started
- Request a meeting with a VR Business Relations Representative at VRBusinessRep@vr.fldoe.org
- Find disability resource information at The Florida Abilities Work Web Portal (abilitieswork.employflorida.com)
- Get additional help from the Abilities Work Help Desk, 844-245-3405 (toll-free)
- Access VRís national talent pool of qualified individuals with disabilities at tapability.org
Benefits to Employers
- No cost for business services
- Reduce recruitment and training costs
- Reduce turnover costs with employees who tend to stay on the job longer
- See if the job and your business are a good fit with the potential employee with VRís On-the-Job Training
- Receive Federal tax incentives, when available, for employers who hire individuals with disabilities into permanent positions
- Create more efficient work processes, like Walgreens and A&F Woods Company did when they provided accommodations for their workers with disabilities and experienced an overall increase in productivity
- Increase revenues by having a workplace that reflects the customers you serve. Employing people with disabilities helps generate revenues by allowing you to tap into the disability market, build brand trust and loyalty, and create new products and services.
"I would say honestly if itís the right person give them a shot. Donít think their disability is going to be extra time or a burden because in reality it hasnít put any extra burden on us at all." -- Hunter Hardt, Assistant General Manager, Homewood Suites by Hilton
"A person with a disability is often more loyal and dedicated; you can count on them to come to work. It's more than a good business practice; it's the best thing to do for my business." -- Joel Hullet, General Manager, Wal-Mart
"You get so much more out of it [hiring people with disabilities] than any amount of money. You can't buy that kind of feeling. It's so rewarding." -- Linda Nunes, T.J. Maxx
On-the-Job Training is an opportunity for you, the employer, to mentor a person with a disability. By participating in OJT, you have the opportunity to see if the job and your business are a good fit with the trainee.
VR may provide:
- Reimbursement for the traineeís salary
- Support services (uniforms, tools, bus passes)
- Job-site assessment and any needed accommodations
In addition, federal tax credits may be available to employers who hire individuals with disabilities into permanent positions. To become an OJT employer, fill out the On-the-Job Training Application for Vendors (RTF).
VR PSA about hiring people with disabilities
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.
Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN)
The Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities. EARN offers employers individualized technical assistance on issues related to recruiting, hiring, and promoting individuals with disabilities.