Benefits of Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities

Over time, surveys of employers continue to demonstrate the perceived benefits of including people with disabilities in the workplace.

Increased Talent Pool

Attracting more qualified applicants strengthens hiring processes.

Demonstration of Inclusive Practices

Employers recognize positive perceptions held by customers and employees.

Heightened Morale

A diverse workplace culture is seen as having a positive impact on morale.

The Business Case

The Westat Survey on Employer Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities released in 2020 reinforced previously noted employer perceptions on the advantages of hiring people with disabilities bring to the workplace. Roughly 72% of employers surveyed spoke to the positive image created with prospective customers and employees, 61% indicated the benefits of an increased pool of qualified applicants, and 41% highlighted increased morale.

Financial Benefits

A business that hires and, when needed, provides accommodations to an employee with a disability may realize tax credits or deductions offered to incentivize workplace diversity.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

A credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups including Division of Vocational Rehabilitation participants, disabled veterans and others.

Disabled Access Credit

A non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities.

Barrier Removal Tax Deduction

A deduction for businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly.

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The Colorado Office of Employment First sits under JFK Partners, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Its creation was envisioned by Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a multi-state agency and stakeholder-led collaborative, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Colorado Legislature and generously matched through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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