Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
Promote the employment of
people with disabilities;
Produce and provide an
environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities
into the workforce;
Promote and establish
initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with
GCEPD’s Current Initiatives
- Provide education and awareness on the
benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities;
- Promote and support the activities of local
communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with
- Maintain a website of disability resources for
both employers and job seekers.
Hiring People with Disabilities
Reasons why employers say they
don’t hire people with disabilities:
Employment of Americans with
Disabilities 2010 Survey
How do Companies Currently Recruit
Individuals with Disabilities?
- Employee referrals – 70%
- Friends or word-of-mouth – 62%
- Online job boards – 58%
- Non-Profits – 40%
- State or federal agencies – 39%
- Educational or training institutions – 36%
- Temp Agencies – 31%
- Independent or Private recruiters – 20%
How Can Employers Find Qualified
Employees with Disabilities?
Post your jobs in CT DOL’s Job
Contact one of the following
Recruit recent college graduates
Workforce Recruitment Program
In collaboration with the
Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. DOL, EARN administers the
Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).
WRP connects private
employers and government agencies to a database of +2,000 pre-screened,
qualified college students and recent grads with disabilities seeking summer
internships or permanent employment.
Participants come from + 200
U.S. colleges and are selected for the program by professional recruiters
following an extensive application and interview process.
Contact the Career
Development Center at local colleges.
Hiring Individuals with
Disabilities Makes Good Business Sense
Strong human capital
strategies to maintain your competitive edge;
Expand your talent pool by
recruiting candidates with disabilities;
Gain access to a skilled and
Enhance diversity of your
workforce with employees with disabilities;
Retain the skills and
knowledge of employees who acquire disabilities.
Lower labor costs by leveraging
Business Tax Credits and Deductions
The IRS provides:
For more info call:
Capitalize on New Market
Myths vs. Facts on Accommodations
Providing accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.
73% of employers said their employees with
disabilities required no accommodation at all. 50% of employers said
accommodations were made at no cost and 42% of employers made a one time
accommodation cost of less than $600.
Employees with disabilities do not stay in jobs long.
Employers reported that employees with
disabilities have better retention rates, thereby reducing the high cost
Employees with disabilities have poor attendance.
Employers reported that employees with disabilities have the same
absenteeism rate as employees without disabilities.
Connect-Ability - a statewide grant whose purpose is to identify and
remove barriers to employment faced by people with
disabilities. Connect-Ability provides tools and technical assistance to
CT BLN - The Connecticut Business Leadership Network is a growing
coalition of CT employers that are working together to increase employment
opportunities for people with disabilities.
CTYLP - The Connecticut Youth Leadership Project is a program designed
to help youth with disabilities realize their leadership potential.
JAN - The Job Accommodation Network offers employers free, expert and
confidential one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations and disability
NEAT - Located in Hartford, New England Assistive Technology provides
information, services, equipment and devices to persons with disabilities.
EARN - The Employer Assistance and Resource Network is a national
organization that supports employers in recruiting, hiring, and retaining
employees with disabilities through free consultation, technical assistance,
and customized training.
The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with
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Wethersfield, CT 06109