1819 West 'J' Street
Yakima, WA 98902

People with disabilities make some of the best employees when properly trained and placed.

Top 10 Reasons to Hire People With Disabilities:

  • Employees with disabilities can ease concerns about labor supply.
  • People with disabilities have equal or higher job performance ratings, higher retention rates and lower absenteeism.
  • Employees with disabilities can relate better to customers with disabilities, who represent $1 trillion in annual aggregate consumer spending.
  • Diverse work groups can create better solutions to business challenges.
  • People with disabilities are better educated than ever, and are proven to meet and/or exceed challenges.
  • A person with a disability motivates work groups and increases productivity.
  • Companies that hire and accommodate people with disabilities in their workplaces can receive tax benefits.
  • Employing people with disabilities is good for the individual, the business and society. This is a “win-win” strategy.
  • People with disabilities are motivated by the desire to give something back, and opportunities for personal growth, job flexibility, and social inclusion.
  • It’s ability, not disability that counts.

For more information about what great hires the disabled can be, check out this short video.

With Yakima Specialties Supported Employment Program, your new employee comes with his/her own support team.

Yakima Specialties Employment Services Provides:

  • Direct Placement - Tailored to individuals who may require assistance in contacting employers, job seeking skills, interviewing, filling out applications, and follow up after the interview.
  • Supported Employment - Specifically for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The services range from assistance in getting a job, job coaching, transportation, and follow along services.
  • Job Coaching - Provided on an as-needed basis for individuals who require additional training to learn and keep the job. A job coach assists the individual to learn specific duties required by the employer.
  • On-the-Job Evaluation - An evaluation of the individual’s strengths and areas to improve in a specific job. This experience is specifically set up only as an evaluation, but if the individual does well, they may be able to obtain paid employment with this employer.
  • Employability Skills Training - Intended to increase an individual’s skills in getting and retaining a job, as well as soft skill awareness.