Resources for Employers

Both government and private organizations specialize in helping businesses recruit and hire people with disabilities. Support through these resources is generally available at no cost to the employer.

For additional consultation and support, contact your regional Disability Employment Specialist (800-328-9095).

  • Disability Employment Specialists

    Job Analysis 
    On-site job analysis, consultation, and recommendations for appropriate work site and job modification.

    Disability Awareness Training 
    Education about various disabilities and their vocational implications, rehabilitation technology, job accommodations, services provided by the agency, incentives to employers, and current disability related legislation.

    Recruitment Services 
    Helping organizations find candidates who are screened for appropriate skills and abilities. Recruitment services are provided with no fee to the hiring organization.

    On-the-Job Training for Employees Who Have A Disability 
    A cost reimbursement to your business for providing training above and beyond what all new employees receive.

    Job Accommodation/Modification 
    Employer assistance to identify and modify architectural, procedural, instructional, or communication barriers to the employment and advancement of persons with disabilities.

    Job Coaching 
    Consultation and training to help ensure successful employment, including skill development, identifying and using natural supports and exploring and seeking job advancement. Job coaching can be performed on or off the job site.

    Employment Supports 
    Supported and extended employment assist people with the most significant disabilities to become and remain successfully and competitively employed in integrated workplace settings. Agency supports facilitate the ongoing services needed to help employees retain the job, with no fee to the employer. Natural supports are typically provided by the employer for all employees and are also provided by supervisors and co-workers in the natural course of the workday.

    Follow-Up 
    After a Vocational Rehabilitation Services client has been hired, maintaining contact for a reasonable period of time to promote job adjustment and retention.


    For consultation and support, contact your regional Disability Employment Specialist (800-328-9095).

  • Employment Networks

    An Employment Network can help businesses better manage the success of their employees who have disabilities.

    For more information, visit www.yourtickettowork.com or www.ssa.gov and search 'ticket to work.' 
    Call EN/SVR 1-866-949-3687; Beneficiary 1-866-968-7842; TDD 1-866-833-2967 
    Call DEED/Vocational Rehabilitation Services at 1.888.749.8153; TTY 1.800.657.3973


    For consultation and support, contact your regional Disability Employment Specialist (800-328-9095).

  • Minnesota Business Leadership Network

    Business organizations that are a part of Minnesota Business Leadership Network are employers who exemplify best practices and share their experiences with other businesses.

    Businesses can connect through the Minnesota BLN to share training resources, or develop training programs together. Contact MNBLN (www.mnbln.org) or email info@mnbln.org.


    For consultation and support, contact your regional Disability Employment Specialist (800-328-9095).

  • Job Accomodation Network (JAN)

    JAN provides consulting services for all employers at no cost to the business, regardless of the size of an employer's workforce. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources, and ADA compliance assistance.

    Visit www.jan.wvu.edu

    JAN Accommodation and Compliance Webcast Series 
    In partnership with the U.S. Business Leadership Network, the Job Accommodation Network offers free webcast events. One-hour webcast events take place the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. EST. Pre-registration is required.

    To read more about the current lineup of sessions visit: www.jan.wvu.edu/webcast

    Many of these JAN/USBLN Webcast events are archived and can be accessed for free at: www.jan.wvu.edu/webcast/archive


    For consultation and support, contact your regional Disability Employment Specialist (800-328-9095).

  • ADA Center

    The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

    Topics addressed include the non-discrimination requirements in employment and the obligations of state and local governments and businesses to ensure that programs, services and activities are readily accessible to and useable by people with disabilities.

    For more information about training services and resources at the Great Lakes ADA Center, visit 
    www.adagreatlakes.org and use keyword 'trainings.'


    For consultation and support, contact your regional Disability Employment Specialist (800-328-9095).