The 2014 changes to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which set a national utilization goal of 7% for employment of individuals with disabilities, means that many federal contractors will need to enhance their efforts to recruit and hire qualified candidates with disabilities. Recently, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) posted a new tool designed to help contractors assess their compliance with the affirmative action program (AAP) requirements of Section 503. OFCCP has also posted a video for educating employees with disabilities the importance of self-identifying.
The Ticket to Work program includes more than 300,000 candidates with disabilities who want to work. The program can help you connect with them.
Ticket to Work is a national Social Security program that offers free employment support services to individuals with disabilities ages 18 through 64 who are ready to work. Through the Ticket program, Social Security connects beneficiaries with a network of service providers who offer employment supports including career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training. These providers are also prepared to support your new employees to ensure their successful transition into the workforce.
You can find job-ready candidates by visiting the Find Help page, searching for service providers in your area and sharing your hiring needs with them. They may be able to connect you with qualified candidates with disabilities and help you meet your Section 503 compliance goals.
Virtual Job Fairs
Social Security conducts a series of free Virtual Job Fairs focused on connecting federal contractors to candidates with disabilities.