Individuals with serious disabilities encounter many difficulties when attempting to enter the workforce. They may have physical or mental deficiencies that make it difficult, if not impossible, to become competitively employed. There are, however, incentives and exceptions to normal workplace rules that “even the playing field” for employees and employers alike.
Undoubtedly, many employers think that employing a developmentally disabled worker is fraught with pitfalls. You may worry about making all the necessary accommodations. Or maybe you’re concerned about the disabled individual’s interactions with coworkers (and vice versa) or how reliable he’ll be. There are many legitimate concerns. However, employing the developmentally disabled can be a win-win situation for everyone involved. The disabled individual is empowered by his employment and you provide a service to the individual and the community at large. Several incentives are available to employers to encourage employment of the developmentally disabled.