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Employers

Are you a business owner who already employs someone who has a disability and wants to learn more about how to support them?

Are you an employer looking to hire a job seeker who has a disability?

Are you unsure about the laws and regulations around hiring and accommodating an employee who has a disability?

Do you want to learn more about the economic and social benefits of hiring employees who have disabilities?

 

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this page is for you! To learn more about what you can do as an employer to promote and benefit from Employment First, explore our library of resources below.

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VIDEO: Employment First: Job Opportunities for All!

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What is Employment First? This video describes what it means, what's happening in Arizona, and success stories of integrated competitive employment. This video is also available with an audio description track. The video transcript is below and also available for download. To view the video as an embedded link, visit our Success Stories page. Video Transcript (with Audio Description) -[Voiceover]
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Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage

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This research report produced by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Disability:IN, and Accenture gives data showing why employing people with disabilities makes good business sense.
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The Power of Disability Employment: The Impact to Arizona’s Economy

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This report by the Institute for Community Inclusion was developed for the Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council in 2019. It provides up-to-date information about employment for Arizonans who have disabilities, the economic value of employing people who have disabilities, and recommendations. You can download the full report or a 4-page summary.
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What Employment First Means to Me Infographic Handout

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Available for download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, and Plain Text Document To learn more, CLICK HERE . Plain Text: Employment First Means... Job Seeker: I have the information and support I need to make my own decisions about working. High Schooler: I have support to plan my future, like job counseling, work-based learning, and advocacy training. Family Member: I work collaboratively with my
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AZ Job Connection

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AZ Job Connection can connect you with jobs in Arizona and teach you about the labor market. It has information for job seekers, employers, and providers. AZ Job Connection is free for you to use.
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Untapped Arizona

Resource Description
Untapped Arizona is a nonprofit that provides information and technical assistance about employing individuals with disabilities to businesses throughout Arizona. By working with partners including state government, businesses, nonprofits, and other resources across the state, Untapped Arizona assists employers in meeting their employment needs in recruiting, hiring, and developing qualified
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Job Accomodation Network

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The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free resource. JAN has information about workplace accommodations and disabilities. It is free and confidential, meaning they will keep your information private. JAN has consultants who can speak to you online or on the phone. They can answer your questions about: Workplace accommodations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws Self
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A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships

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Research shows that youth with disabilities have better employment outcomes when professionals and systems coordinate. This how-to guide provides practical strategies for developing strategic partnerships between educators, employers, and community stakeholders such as Vocational Rehabilitation, employment services, and state agencies. It also provides several case studies. This guide was