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Disabled Talent Hiring Initiative

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) builds collaborative partnerships with businesses that create staffing solutions for people with disabilities. A DOR business specialist works with employers to pre-screen candidates and helps to enhance productivity while providing businesses with employees who are highly skilled and ready to work. Services are in place to assist with transitioning employees into the business and follow-up is provided to ensure employer satisfaction. Technical assistance can be provided on disability etiquette; recruitment and selection; reasonable accommodations; accessibility to programs and services; physical access surveys; publications; referrals; and resources.

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  • Opportunity to hire qualifying DOR participants
  • Maximum reimbursement is up to $5,000 per employee
  • Training period is up to three months

Several federal tax credits are available, including:

  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) of up to $2,400 for a qualifying disabled new hire
  • Disabled Access Credit of up to $5,000 to make the workplace accessible
  • Architectural and Transportation Tax deduction of up to $15,000 for expenses to remove physical, structural, and transportation barriers
  • Qualifying Employment Networks may receive up to $20,000 per qualified employee. Employment Networks (EN) are qualified public or private entities that assume responsibility for coordination and delivery of employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services.

An On-the-Job Training subsidy is also available for employers who hire qualifying DOR participants. Funding is intended to help offset the cost of providing on-the-job training by the employer.

A counselor and employment specialist are available to support the employer and trainee during the training period. The training agreement with DOR, which takes an average of two weeks to process, is developed between all parties involved in outlining the job and training needs.

Contact: For more information about on-the-job training or other business assistance for employees with disabilities, please contact the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Process for Receiving On-the-Job Subsidy for Hiring Persons with Disabilities

Candidate Interviews with Employer

Employer and DOR Signs OJT Agreement

On-the-Job Training Begins

Monthly Reporting and Monitoring until Contract Ends

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