EMPLOYERS​

Innovate

What are innovative workforce solutions that businesses can incorporate today?

    Employees with disabilities bring unique experiences and understanding that can transform a workplace and enhance products and services. Discover how your business can create more efficient and effective business processes, develop and implement management strategies to attract and retain a qualified, talented and diverse workforce, and use technology in new ways to increase productivity.

    Customized Employment

    Customized Employment is designed to meet the specific needs of a business by matching the employer’s needs with the strengths and interests of the employee. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy offers extended resources on this strategy.  

    Why?

    Using Customized Employment strategies can address specific conditions within your business and assist in retaining valuable staff, offering a targeted approach to matching individualized skill sets with the organization’s needs. 

    Best Practices

    In Maryland…

    A successful customized employment partnership in Montgomery County, MD resulted in a full-time, customized file clerk position.

    Nationally…

    Project Search creates customized jobs for individuals with disabilities within the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


    Customized Training

    Customized training provides your business with training opportunities for new and existing employees to acquire and develop essential workplace and industry specific skills. 

    Why?

    Customized training programs can provide your organization with training, certification, and other key credentials to introduce and upgrade skills. This type of training is critical to workforce retention and businesses’ continued success.   

    Customized Training Programs in Maryland 

    Check out several of the customized training programs in Maryland that can assist your business.  Inform the training entity you are working with to specify your interest in recruiting, hiring, training and retaining workers with disabilities.

    • ​Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
      Partnership for Workforce Quality : Provides skill upgrade training grants targeted at improving the competitive position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies.  

    • Maryland Higher Education Commission: Several of the higher education institutions in Maryland provide customized training programs to businesses.  Connect with the institution in your local area and ask for their Workforce Training Department.  
    • ​Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services Maryland Workforce Technology Center
    Customized Training Program : Customized Training involves a partnership between an employer and the Workforce Technology Center where the employer identifies specific employment openings and training is designed to fit the needs of the employer. Contact 410-554-9127 or dors@maryland.gov​ to learn more.  

    Best Practices

    In Maryland…

    A Baltimore area business hires individuals through Maryland Workforce Technology Warehouse Training Program.​

    Telework
    Telework, also known as telecommuting, “…is more than working from home; it is the practice of working remotely and securely from any place, at any time.”  (Telework Consortium)


    Why?

    ​With the option to telework, far more individuals with disabilities can provide the services needed to keep businesses working efficiently and effectively from any place at any time, utilizing the most technologically advanced devices.

    Best Practices

    In Maryland…

    The Maryland Department of Disabilities employs telework to successfully staff the Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program.  The Director of the Program states, “telework has served our agency and employees very well.  We’ve been able to expand our workforce without increasing costs for office space and equipment.  With email, phone and electronic data reporting, it’s been just as easy to train our staff and ensure quality work as if they were in the office.  Best of all, we’ve been able to hire experienced workers who, because of their disabilities, would find it extremely difficult to work outside their homes.”  To learn more about how the Maryland Department of Disabilities implements telework, contact 1-800-637-4113.

    Nationally…

    Telework Exchange provides case studies and success stories as well as information and resources about telework and employees with disabilities.

    Quick Tips: Job Seekers & Employees with Disabilities offers innovative strategies that can be easily implemented to help diversify your workforce.


    Resources to Innovate

    Maryland

    • Maryland Customized Employment Partnership: Montgomery Works (MCEP)
      MCEP is a five-year national demonstration model development project that provides incentive for planning and implementing provisions for people with disabilities to obtain universal access to workforce development services.

    • ​Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED)
      Partnership for Workforce Quality  DBED provides matching skill upgrade training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies. 

    • ​Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
      Maryland Workforce Technology Center (Customized Training Program)
      DORS assists with partnerships between an employer and the Workforce Technology Center where the employer identifies specific employment openings and training is designed to fit the needs of the employer.  

    • Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
      MHEC is responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland is public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. Several of the higher education institutions in Maryland provide customized training programs to businesses.  Connect with the institution in your local area and ask for their Workforce Training Department. 


    Nationally

    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
      Project Search provides employment and education opportunities to individuals with disabilities and is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community, and workplace.
    • Mobilework Exchange
      Mobilework Exchange demonstrates the tangible value of telework with case studies and has specific information and resources about telework and employment for individuals with disabilities. 
    • U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)  ODEP provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.