Despite the current state of the job market, long term projections point to worker shortages in a variety of industry sectors.
People with disabilities are a source of qualified workers that is frequently overlooked. More than 50 million qualified, highly motivated Americans with disabilities are an untapped resource available to businesses looking to fill positions.
Businesses can find help at a national network of 10 regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs). The DBTACs offer information and referrals, technical assistance, public awareness, and training on all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, there are resources available to employers through the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), as well as through other channels nationwide.
During this call, our panel discussed how the business community can tap into this potential labor pool and learn about resources to support individuals with disabilities at the workplace.
Robin Jones, Director, Disability Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) / Great Lakes ADA Center
Barbara J. Haight, Supervisory Program Manager, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
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