Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Improve Your Inclusivity


When you’re looking at hiring qualified employees who may have disabilities, here are some tips from successful employers to help you get started:

  • Learn about local available resources for training, awareness, and support. This toolkit provides a number of links, suggested articles and websites. 
  • Use tools like informational interviews, job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and Disability Mentoring Days to provide opportunities for individuals to explore options.
  • Participate in the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). 
  • Include disability specific information into training components for new and existing employees. To access training resources to help you with diversity training, contact Northeast ADA Center or ACCES-VR.
  • Join the Disability IN in your state. 
  • Connect with state agencies that can connect you with qualified candidates; distribute position announcements to them. (NYS Education Department’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES-VR), NYS Department of Labor)