Become a PALS Business Partner

Hiring a person with disabilities can:

  • Create bettter relationships and expand customer base
  • Increase retention which reduces hiring and training costs
  • Make a positive impact on a person and their families
  • Provide possible tax incentives and deductions
  • Ensure diversity in the workplace

Facts about hiring a person with a disability:

Companies that hire people with I/DD are rewarded with business  

    benefits.  Multiple dividends are cited, including the addition of highly  

    motivated employees, demonstrating an inclusive and diverse culture that’s

    attractive to critical talent pools, and improving customer satisfaction.

The profile of a worker with I/DD reads like that of an ideal employee.  Descriptors of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities include: dependable, engaged, motivated, great attendance, attention to work quality and high productivity.

Positive reactions from employers abound.  Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed say hiring workers with I/DD has been a positive experience, and of those, nearly one-third say the experience has exceeded their expectations.

Challenges are fewer than expected and resources are greater than anticipated.  Employers report minimal difficulty with preconceived challenges, while support resources for a successful placement - like job profile matching and guided onboarding - are readily available.


Source:  Institute for Corporate Productivity

"Individuals with disabilities are dedicated and devoted; we can rely on them to come to work.  It's more than an appropriate business practice; it's the noble thing to do for my business and customers."

- Samantha Beach


Professional Development  •  Workforce Readiness  •  Career Success

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Pensacola, FL 32504


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