Are You Looking in all the Right Places for Your Next Employee?
Friday, September 09, 2016
by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and South Dakota is fully engaged in helping businesses make use of this underutilized human resource. You may have noticed the Ability for Hire ads which have aired in recent months. With South Dakota’s low unemployment rate, the time may right to broaden your workforce. Here are some options to help you investigate this opportunity.
The SD Division of Rehabilitation Services is a key agency that works with people who have disabilities. The agency has some very good resources for potential employers which include:
- Job Site Assessments and Evaluations
- Disability Awareness and Etiquette Training
- Job Development and Placement Services
- On the Job Training
- Employment Support Services
- Assistive Technology Evaluations and Equipment
Contact Division of Rehabilitation Services at 605-626-2398 to get started.
The SD Department of Labor offers a couple of videos discussing ways to remove barriers to employment and the issues involved in disability disclosure. A publication called Disability Etiquette Best Practices is also available. The Department administers the Work Opportunity Tax Credit which is a tax incentive that can help reduce hiring costs for qualified hires. Find these resources at: dlr.sd.gov/employmentprograms/disability_resources.aspx
Lastly, the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) was awarded one of three federal pilot projects aimed at increasing the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. As part of SDRA’s ‘Getting Down to Business’ project, there will be a series of workshops held throughout the state during October about disability employment issues. The workshop dates, locations and topics can be found at ftw.sd-ccd.org/ndeam.
With all this assistance at your fingertips, there is no better time to consider diversifying your workforce with this untapped source of future employees.
Kelly Weaver is the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center in Aberdeen which offers free, confidential business consulting to start up and existing businesses. She can be reached at (605) 626-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is hosted by GROW South Dakota.
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