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Understanding Persons with Unique Abilities

Reasonable Accommodations

AAPD American Association of People with Disabilities is a national organization of persons with disabilities that serves as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change.

Ability Magazine is the online version of the print magazine ABILITY, a publication for the wide community of persons with disabilities.  It contains information, interviews and much more.

Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization that serves persons with autism and their families by promoting services, research and education.

Florida State Organizations is a listing of organizations providing services to the disabled community prepared by YAI Seeing Beyond Disability.

Work Wanted: Disabled Employees Offer Diversity, Loyalty is an article from THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, Jacksonville, FL that discusses the benefits of hiring employees with disabilities.

Disabilities is a free collection of articles and commentary about persons with disabilities that recently appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES.

Job Accommodation Network, JAN: For Employers is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of persons with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA certifies qualified providers of assistive technology and devices.

The Center for Accessible Technology  Center was created in 1983 to assist individuals with disabilities to access computers and other technology.   

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Health Institute of Child Health and Human Development is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. The link is to NICHD page for rehabilitative and assistive technologies and devices for persons of all ages who have various disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business is a resource page from the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission.  It includes information and links on topics such as, What is the ADA?  Hiring Do’s and Don’ts, Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship & Safety Concerns.

US Business Leadership Network – Success through Disability is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. It serves the collective voice of nearly 50 business Leadership affiliates across the country.  &

Disability Supplier Diversity Program is a subdivision of USBLN that is the leading third-party certifier of disability-owned business enterprises.  DSPN certifies disability-owned businesses, provides education and information along with networking and business matchmaking.

First Coast Business Leadership Network (Florida) is a regional affiliate of USBLN that directly serves the Northeast Florida area but online resources are available to all.

South Florida Business Leadership Network SFBLN is a regional affiliate of USBLN that directly serves Broward and Palm Beach Counties but online resources are available to all.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (United States Department of Labor) is a non-regulatory federal agency with the mission to influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

EARN Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion provides resources to help employers recruit, hire, re-train and advance persons with disabilities. 

THINK BEYOND THE LABEL is a public-private network that works to promote employment for qualified job seekers with disabilities. Tools include a ROI Calculator and advice on how to hire the best person for the job.

The Able Trust Empowerment Education Employment, Business Leader Information was created by the Florida Legislature in 1990 to provide leadership in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.   The Business Leader Information section includes an Employer Toolkit, Provider Directory and other invaluable information.

Look at My Ability is the Employer Resources page from the Able Trust.

Tax Benefits for Business Who Have Employees with Disabilities is a resource page from the IRS that provides information and forms for filing for Work Opportunity Tax Credit and other deductions available to business that employ individuals with disabilities.

Work Wanted: Disabled Employees Offer Diversity, Loyalty is an article from THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, Jacksonville, FL that discusses the benefits of hiring employees with disabilities.

Benefits of Disability in the Workplace is an article from FORBES MAGAZINE about the cost and benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.

Autism Can Be an Asset in the Workplace, Employers and Workers Find is a presentation from SHOTS; HEALTH NEWS FROM NPR that explores the benefits to employers when individuals with unique abilities are added to the workforce.

Benefits of Hiring People with Autism is an article form International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards discusses hiring practices that include individuals that have been diagnosed with autism.

Florida Department of Revenue discusses how Florida offers tax credits, refunds, and other incentives to promote business development and job creation.

Employment Incentives discusses the tax credit programs and incentives available in Florida.

Ask Earn discusses the federal tax incentives and employer incentives for hiring people with disabilities.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion has been prepared by the Business Leadership Network. The resource includes information on the disability policies of 15 major corporations such as Lowe’s, Walgreen’s and BlueCross and BlueShield of Florida.  A second section presents strategies for using the disability marketplace to attract new customers.


Publix Reinforces Reputation for Prioritizing Employment Opportunities for Workers with Disabilities is an article that explores how a major employer uses their policy of hiring individuals with disabilities to create brand Equity and Customer Loyalty.

27 Companies Who Hire Adults With Autism is a list from WORKOLOGY of major companies that hire individuals who have been diagnosed with autism.

Autism in Big Business is a list of major companies that have hiring and practices that include persons who have been diagnosed with autism.

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Disability Employment & Awareness Resources

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

The United States Department of Labor has disability employment policy resources arranged by topic.

Look at My Ability discusses how employers can start reaping the rewards of a ready, willing, and able workforce. An inclusive workforce makes good business sense.

HR Council discusses how to turn an employer’s good intentions into the policies, plans, and practices needed to build and sustain a dynamic and inclusive workplace.

The United States Department of Labor provides a Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

Success Stories

Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

The Diversity Initiative, Inc demonstrates in these next two videos the incredible success stories of individuals with unique abilities in the workforce.

The Office of Disability and Employment Policy demonstrates customized employment solutions for employers.

Tim Horton‘s discusses how he makes money by hiring disabled workers.

The Talent Intelligence Company discusses inclusion and the benefits of diversity in the workplace.

Florida Office on Disability and Health offers and employment fact sheet on employment incentives and persons with disabilities.

The Diversity Initiative, Inc. discusses the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workforce at a Lunch & Learn event.

Saharconsulting’s Blog discusses the 6 advantages to workplace diversity.

Talent Acquisition Resources

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. – Florida

The Diversity Initiative, Inc. specializes in bridging the gap between individuals with disabilities who are unemployed, with employers who require motivated, reliable and dependable employees. – Florida: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, West Pasco and Orange

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