Resources for employers

The following resources are available to help business owners and employers find solutions to disability-related issues.

Staffing

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services

DRS is West Virginia's primary resource for assisting business owners and employers in finding solutions to disability-related issues. Whether in staffing, education, job accommodations or tapping into financial incentives associated with hiring an individual who has a disability, the Division of Rehabilitation Services can provide critical business options.

Education

ADA Business Connection

Includes ADA compliance resources for businesses including videos, online training courses and business-specific publications.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network is part of the National Employer Technical Assistance, Policy and Research Center. It provides free assistance, consultation and training for federal agencies, private employers and federal contractors on all aspects of employing people with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

The Job Accomodation Network provides free consulting services for all employers (private or public), regardless of the size of an employer’s workforce. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources and ADA compliance assistance.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Technical Assistance Center

Provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act, tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations and individuals in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The DOJ offers technical assistance on the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and other ADA provisions applying to businesses, non-profit service agencies and state and local government programs; also provides information on how to file ADA complaints.

U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

ODEP provides resources for employers to increase the employment of people with disabilities in today’s workforce.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

This federal agency is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

Financial Incentives

Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities

Businesses that incur expenses related to accessibility and assistive technology may qualify for tax credits and incentives.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

This federal tax credit incentive is provided by Congress to private businesses for hiring individuals from nine target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.