DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Department Secretary





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The Division of Rehabilitation Services recognizes the importance of partnering with businesses to offer technical assistance and solutions for recruiting, hiring, retaining, or advancing employees with disabilities.

Services and Supports

VR SErVICES AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES

  • Job Site Assessment & Evaluations
  • Disability Awareness & Etiquette Information
  • Recruitment Assistance 
  • On-The-Job Training 
  • Employment Support Services 
  • Reasonable Accommodations Information

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Resources and Information

MYTH VS FACT

Perception - Creating special accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.

Fact - Most workers with disabilities do not need special equipment or accommodations. For those who do, most require accommodations that cost less than $500 or, in may cases, nothing at all. There are also tax incentives to help cover accessibility costs.

Perception - My Workers' Compensation insurance rates will go up if I hire someone with a disability.

Fact - Insurance rates are based on your organization's accident record along with the hazards of the occupation in question. It is not based on whether you have workers with disabilities.

Perception -The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires me to hire someone that's unqualified just because he or she has a disability.

Fact - The ADA does not protect unqualified candidates. To be protected from discrimination, they must first meet all requirements for a job and be able to perform the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Perception - Employees with disabilities are absent more often.

Fact - Studies show that employees with disabilities are not absent any more than employees without disabilities.

Perception -I could never fire an employee with a disability, even just for cause.

Fact - Employers can fire workers with disabilities under three conditions:

  1. Termination is unrelated to the disability, or
  2. He/she does not meet requirements for the job, such as performance or production standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, or
  3. Because of the employee's disability, he/she poses a direct threat to health or safety in the workplace. 

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There are many businesses in South Dakota that are already committed to employing people with disabilities. The map below contains several of those businesses who are doing so throughout the state.

 

Employement Info Map

 

 

CONTACT

Please feel free to contact our business specialist for individualized support at:

Kimberly Ludwig
Phone: (605) 626-2313
Email: Kimberly.Ludwig@state.sd.us