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CORE Business Partners
“Know me for my abilities, not my disability.” Robert M. Hensel
CORE Business Partners are the reason we can do what we do:
Provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to contribute in the work place and achieve independence.
THE BENEFITS TO THE EMPLOYERS
- An untapped labor pool – People with disabilities represent a large, underemployed labor pool. In the general U.S. population, 54 million people, or approximately one in every six individuals have a disability.
- Reducing training and recruitment costs. People with disabilities have equal to, or higher performance rates and are less likely to resign and move onto another job. Additionally, workers with disabilities have the lowest attrition rates of any employee group in this country. In other words, they get the job done, and they stay on the job
- Increasing productivity in work groups. People with disabilities motivate other employees.
- Diversifying your workforce to appeal to a diverse customer base. One in six Americans has a disability, representing $1 trillion in purchasing power. Marketing research shows that families with one or more persons with disabilities are significantly more likely to do business with a disability-friendly company, and consumers, with and without disabilities, are more likely to buy from those companies.
TAX INCENTIVES FOR YOUR BUSINESS
There are incentives for employers to hire people with disabilities.
- Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – WOTC is a tax credit the employer receives for hiring the person with a disability; the more hours the employee works the more of a tax break they receive. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit can provide a tax credit of up to $2,400 per individual hired. The client must work at least 10 hours a week to receive the credit. The paperwork is easy to fill out; the employment specialist will assist the employer with this paperwork.
- Small Business Tax Credit (IR CODE SECTION 44, DISABLED ACCESS CREDIT) – Small businesses also can receive a tax credit for the cost of accommodations, covering 50% of eligible expenditures up to $10,000.
- Architectural/Transportation Tax Deduction – expenses incurred to remove physical, structural, and transportation barriers for persons with disabilities.
Reference: Disability: IN
CORE offers Vocational Rehabilitation and Ticket to Work employment services. Our participants are referred to us by area high schools, organizations, homeschools, Vocationl Rehabilitation Service, WorkOne, and other community partners. Participants undergo an interview process to better understand their employment needs prior to being assigned to an Employment Specialist. The Employment Specialist and CORE participant then work together to identify a career goal and form a plan to acquire the skills and support needed for employment. Once a CORE participant secures meaningful and gainful employment, CORE provides support to both the employer and the employee until stabilization is achieved.
In order to provide real-world job experiences, participants complete on-site training at local businesses to develop job skills that are specific to the work environments. Training is provided in multiple areas:
– retail operations
– cash register operations
– cash handling
– customer service
– food service
– health care
– child care
– inventory management
– plumbing, and more
Employment within your business not only changes the life of an employee with a disability, but it often changes an entire company’s culture.