Rebecca, a consumer at Crossroads of Western Iowa, works at a local Culver’s restaurant. There, she maintains an entry-level position, a type of job that is consistently left vacant. She really enjoys her job, stating, “I am so excited to work in the community and earn money.” Rebecca also contributes to western Iowa’s low unemployment rate. While it varies by county, the region maintains a 2-4% unemployment rate, much less than the national average of 5.1%.
We know that employers who have not previously employed a person with disabilities have questions about how the process will work in hiring and managing that resource. We can assure you that many employers have found great success in employing a person with disabilities – from having a dedicated team member filling entry-level positions to helping solve business problems with unique ideas. While you will have questions specific to your business and job openings, we wanted to share five commonly asked questions and answers. Don’t let lack of knowledge or understanding hold you back from looking at a great resource pool to fill your job needs.
Many Crossroads of Western Iowa (CWI) consumers are gainfully employed members of the community. They have a desire to utilize their skills to earn spending money, contribute to the community and gain more independence. How do we help individuals with disabilities prepare for, earn and maintain employment? What do consumers gain from employment? How do employers benefit from hiring consumers?