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Is Your Company Looking for Qualified People with Disabilities?

According to the The President's Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities, recruiting qualified workers with disabilities is frequently described by employers as frustrating and perplexing. When employers are asked why they haven't hired more workers with disabilities, they often reply, "We can't find qualified applicants. Where can we discover qualified applicants?" The President's Committtee has the following suggestions:

  • First, let it be known that you are actively seeking job candidates with disabilities.

  • Be sure to send your vacancy announcements to disability-related organizations and agencies.

  • State on your job announcements an interest in receiving applications from people with disabilities.

Additional information can be found at the following locations:

Workforce Recruitment Program
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource for businesses nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of fields. Applicants are highly motivated post-secondary students and recent graduates eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. These candidates, from more than 140 colleges and universities, represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate students and law students. To get names, background and contact information on candidates whose skills match your needs, call Job Accommodation Network (JAN) at 1-800-526-7234.

Project EMPLOY
The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is seeking to expand employment opportunities for persons with mental retardation through Project EMPLOY. Project EMPLOY was initiated as a result of current research on best practices. The findings indicated that employment barriers inherent in negative stereotyping can be eliminated through a program of demonstration, outreach, and education when coupled with technical assistance.

The goal of JobAccess is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. Using Job Access, companies can post job descriptions, essential duties, and contact information. By searching geographical areas and job categories, qualified persons with disabilites can match their experience and expertise to company requirements.

CAREERS & the disABLED, is the nation's first and only career-guidance/recruitment magazine for people with disabilities who are at college, graduate, or professional levels. Each issue features a special Braille section. CAREERS & the disABLED has won many awards, including several "Award of Excellence" acknowledgments from the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

Job Seekers
Job Seekers is a resource that Fortune 1000 corporate leaders trust to find the people they need in today's business climate. College graduates can post their resum├ęs and present their skills to Fortune 1000 companies that are committed to hiring qualified people with disabilities. Positions are available in all areas, including engineering, information technology, finance, and more. Users can search for job openings listed by National Business and Disability Council (NBDC) Member companies.

Let us know if you found these resources of useful. Also, if you know of other reliable sources for recruiting qualified applicants with disabilities, Email us the information


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