Moving Toward An Inclusive Workplace

This special issue is devoted to addressing ways in which you can make your company or organization more inclusive. For more information, don't hesitate to call JVS Chicago at 855.INFO.JVS or email

By Leah Rudy

Some employers feel that it is going to cost them a lot of money to employ people with disabilities. Others think that insurance costs will increase if they hire a person with a disability. Some employers are afraid that they might not be able to communicate with deaf or hard of hearing employees. The good news is that all three of these fears are misconceptions.

Customized employment is a term for "a job creation strategy," said Helene Levine, Manager of Workplace Services. According to the US Dept. of Labor website, customized employment is "a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both." Levine said the strategy is informational in nature and designed to help employers hire job seekers with the most severe challenges.


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By Jonathan Roth

If you are interested in growing your disability-inclusive workforce, the JVS Chicago Talent Referral Team are experts in connecting employers to highly qualified jobseekers with disabilities. We don't walk away from you or your new hire once we've made a placement, but continue our relationship to track new hires and assist with any workplace accommodations to ensure maximum productivity.


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In this issue:


-Hiring People with Disabilities: Myths and Misconceptions


-What Is Customized Employment? 


-Expanding Your Disability-Inclusive Workforce


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