Especially4U Catering & Restaurant Employer Story

Honored as an Outstanding Employer, Business Owner Shayann Jones shares her experience working with individuals who have disabilities.

Diversify Your Workforce

Finding qualified and dependable employees is one of the greatest challenges many business leaders face. People with disabilities have the talents, skills and abilities you need. They are dependable, enthusiastic and some of the most loyal employees you will find.

Many of America's finest companies seek and hire people with disabilities, and they have found it to be an appropriate and effective business move. Why not join them?

Resources to Get Started

Benefits to Employers

Employers Agree

"I would say honestly if itís the right person give them a shot. Donít think their disability is going to be extra time or a burden because in reality it hasnít put any extra burden on us at all." -- Hunter Hardt, Assistant General Manager, Homewood Suites by Hilton

"A person with a disability is often more loyal and dedicated; you can count on them to come to work. It's more than a good business practice; it's the best thing to do for my business." -- Joel Hullet, General Manager, Wal-Mart

"You get so much more out of it [hiring people with disabilities] than any amount of money. You can't buy that kind of feeling. It's so rewarding." -- Linda Nunes, T.J. Maxx

On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training is an opportunity for you, the employer, to mentor a person with a disability. By participating in OJT, you have the opportunity to see if the job and your business are a good fit with the trainee.

VR may provide:

In addition, federal tax credits may be available to employers who hire individuals with disabilities into permanent positions. To become an OJT employer, fill out the On-the-Job Training Application for Vendors (PDF).

VR PSA about hiring people with disabilities

Additional Resources

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) helps employers recruit, hire, retain, and advance people with disabilities. Its website provides information on recruiting and hiring, retention and advancement, laws and regulations, creating an accessible and welcoming workplace, and federal contractor requirements. It also offers a variety of resources to help state and federal government agencies make their workforces more inclusive and reflective of the citizens they serve.