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Employers

AS AN EMPLOYER…

Do you already employ someone who has a disability and want to learn more about how to support them?

Are you looking to hire a job seeker who has a disability?

Are you unsure about the laws and regulations around hiring and accommodating an employee who has a disability?

Do you want to learn more about the economic and social benefits of hiring employees who have disabilities?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this page is for you! To learn more about what you can do as an employer to promote and benefit from Employment First, explore our library of resources below.

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VIDEO: Employment First: Job Opportunities for All!

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What is Employment First? This video describes what it means, what's happening in Arizona, and success stories of integrated competitive employment. This video is also available with an audio description track. The video transcript is below and also available for download. To view the video as an embedded link, visit our Success Stories page. Video Transcript (with Audio Description) -[Voiceover]

New! Arizona Employer Toolkit | A Job for All

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An inclusive labor force can boost creativity and productivity, widen employee perspectives, improve staff morale and much more. Use the NEW Employer Toolkit to learn about diversifying your workplace by hiring Arizonans with disabilities.

Developing the Tempe BEST Program Guide

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An inside look at how the City of Tempe developed the Tempe BEST Program Guide.
BEST | Building Employment Supports & Training | Tempe Program Guide

Tempe BEST Program Guide

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Municipalities interested in the BEST model used by the City of Tempe are welcome to read the BEST Program Guide to explore how a similar program may look like for them.
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Employer Stakeholder Flyer

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A flyer for employers with resources and action steps to support Employment First. Image

ABLE Employer Toolkit

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The ABLE Employer Toolkit includes fact sheets, videos and other resources about tax-advantaged ABLE accounts. Employers and businesses can use these resources to offer information to their employees about how to use ABLE accounts. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act created this option for youth and adults who have disabilities to save money in tax-advantaged accounts. Savings in ABLE
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Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage

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This research report produced by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Disability:IN, and Accenture gives data showing why employing people with disabilities makes good business sense.
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The Power of Disability Employment: The Impact to Arizona’s Economy

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This report by the Institute for Community Inclusion was developed for the Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council in 2019. It provides up-to-date information about employment for Arizonans who have disabilities, the economic value of employing people who have disabilities, and recommendations. You can download the full report or a 4-page summary.
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What Employment First Means to Me Infographic Handout

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Available for download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español To learn more about what Employment First means to a variety of stakeholders, follow this link! Plain Text: Employment First Means... Job Seeker: I have the information and support I need to make my own decisions about working. High Schooler: I have support to plan my future, like job
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AZ Job Connection

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AZ Job Connection can connect you with jobs in Arizona and teach you about the labor market. It has information for job seekers, employers, and providers. AZ Job Connection is free for you to use.