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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Need employees? Hire someone with a developmental disability

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People with developmental disabilities (DD) represent one of the best-kept secrets in the world of employment. They're a virtually untapped market of potential talent, and they not only WANT to work, they are capable of doing so...and excelling. 

In Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services has helped more than 270 people secure jobs in a wide variety of fields: manufacturing, healthcare, grocery stores, retail, foodservice, janitorial, and more. So how can you leverage this motivated pool of talent?

What are the benefits of hiring someone with a developmental disability?

First of all, many studies show that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are among the most loyal, dependable and motivated employees. They WANT to work, and just need someone to give them a chance to shine. 

Second: When businesses hire a person who receives services from a County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio, that individual comes with support in the form of a job coach. This coach helps the employer train the person to learn the requirements of their job, and can assist them in learning new tasks both at the time of hiring and in the future if their responsibilities or requirements change.

Third: Businesses can also realize tax advantages for hiring people with disabilities. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, for example, is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from groups that consistently face barriers to employment.

Hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities makes for a richer, more diverse and inclusive workforce.     

But most importantly, it makes good business sense, as people with disabilities have a combined income of more than $1 trillion. When combined with the spending power their families and friends represent, they are a force to be reckoned with.

How can a business owner go about hiring someone with a developmental disability?

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities is the local government agency that can help you get started. We coordinate services and funding for people with DD, and work with other agencies to prepare and place job candidates into the workforce. Let us help you connect with your next great workforce hire. To get started, please email or call Michelle Garrett at 937-329-4025 and learn how people with developmental disabilities can be an asset to your organization. 

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