The Benefits and Advantages of Hiring Persons with Disabilities

  • Reality from the Business Side: The Walgreens Experience
    In September 2011 the US House of Representatives held Joint Hearings on Work Incentives in Social Security Disability Programs. Deb Russell, Manager, Outreach and Employee Services, Walgreens Company, Deerfield, Illinois, spoke before the committee and shared a summary of the Walgreens experience in hiring people with disabilities. Her presentation, entitled "There's a Way," is a powerful positive statement by a person from the business world. She discusses lessons learned, offers advice to employers, and speaks with enthusiasm in support of hiring persons with disabilities. From her concluding remarks?

    "Walgreens is fortunate to have made the commitment to invest in employing people with disabilities, people who make such an enormous contribution to our company, customers and community, and who succeed in pursuing their dreams and careers. And for those who have been directly involved, it has provided more meaning and satisfaction than we ever would have dreamed."

    For Deb Russell?s complete testimony click here.

    She tells the story from the business side. Share this with potential and current employers!
  • Real Success Stories - Real Michigan People
    As they say... Nothing succeeds like success! And yes... There are lots of great examples of how persons with significant disabilities have contributed to their employers' success. Click the link to read "Message to Employers: Hiring People with Disabilities Can Make You Money." This article from provides a close-up look at the success of a few individuals. Each Michigan community has many such stories of employee and employer success.
  • US Small Business Administration
    As an employer, you can take advantage of various programs that encourage the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. This will also make you eligible for tax credits that help cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities. Learn more at the SBA website.
  • The Business Case for Hiring Persons with Disabilities
    Hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense. Employers benefit when they understand the clear business case for employing people with disabilities. Check out this credible resource for clear concise information.
  • 5 Myths & the Real Facts for Employers
    Employers have questions about risks as well as benefits. The five most common employer concerns are answered here.
  • Campaign for Disability Employment Toolkit
    What can YOU do to share the message that at work, it's what people CAN do that matters? Use the Campaign for Disability Employment's Outreach Toolkit to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities in your business and community! This is a very rich resource provided by The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
  • Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining Employees with Disabilities
    Another ODEP resource, this excellent guide discusses recruiting, supporting workplace success, return on investment, and other important topics. It's an attractive and very detailed brochure that provides invaluable information that can help employers move forward.
  • Understand Job Accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act
    Don't let lack of knowledge about workplace accommodations spoil an opportunity for success! Just ask the JAN! The Job Accommodation Network is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. This interactive site is a very deep user friendly resource. Employers will find this especially useful as JAN's trusted consultants offer useful practical one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation.