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The Washington State Rehabilitation Council recognizes that building and sustaining relationships with employers is the key to putting a greater number of people with disabilities to work. The following links can assist employers seeking information about hiring, retaining, or providing reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities. You may also find strategies for increasing the accessibility of your business or marketing your services to customers with disabilities.

Employer Networks or Associations

National Organization on Disability, CEO Council
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. The CEO Council is made up of leaders in Business and Industry who recognize the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities and marketing their products to people with disabilities.
http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=1562

U.S. Business Leadership Network
The US Business Leadership Network is the national business organization currently representing 53 Business Leadership Network affiliates in 31 states including the District of Columbia and more than 5,000 employers using a “business to business” strategy to promote the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce.
www.usbln.com

Washington Business Leadership Network
The WSBLN is a network of employers who educate and support businesses to hire, retain, and improve customer service for people with disabilities.
http://www.wsbln.org/

Association of Washington Business
The Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 6,500 members representing 650,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association, and is one of two chambers in the country accredited with distinction by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10.
The Association’s Mike Hudson is a member of the WSRC.
http://www.awb.org  

Reasonable Accommodation and Technical Assistance

The Northwest ADA Center

Disability Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC's) are a national platform of ten centers comprised of ADA professionals and experts charged with assisting businesses, state and local governments, and people with disabilities as they manage the process of changing our culture to be user friendly to disability and the effect the variety of health conditions can have on society. The DBTAC Northwest is aggressively staffed.  Their project is staffed with professionals familiar with disability, rehabilitation, rehab engineering, special education, the built environment, accessibility to buildings and electronic accessibility, civil rights law, and business professionals. Don Brandon, Director of The Northwest ADA Center serves on our Council.
http://www.dbtacnorthwest.org/

Job Accommodation Network
JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects. JAN's efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities.
http://www.jan.wvu.edu/

Resources for Connecting with Jobseekers with Disabilities

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
DVR believes employment contributes to a person’s ability to live independently and everyone has a right to work. Our mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and maintaining employment.

As a division of the Department of Social and Health Services, with offices located throughout Washington, DVR has partnered with communities for over 70 years to help meet the employment needs of people with disabilities and employers.
DVR provides individualized employment services and counseling to people with disabilities. It also provides technical assistance and training to employers about the employment of people with disabilities.
http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/Employers/Employers.aspx

The Department of Services for the Blind
The Department of Services for the Blind provides services to promote the inclusion, independence, and economic vitality for people with visual disabilities. Employers can receive additional information at.
http://www.dsb.wa.gov/