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Business Leadership Network
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) is the national organization that supports development and expansion of BLNs across the country, serving as their collective voice. The USBLN recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities.

Maryland Business Leadership Network (MDBLN):
Voice: (866) 624-3502

There is currently one active BLNs in Maryland.

Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network (ESBLN)
ESBLN includes all the counties on the Delmarva Peninsula. The goals of ESBLN are:

  • Provide employers the opportunity to access prescreened job ready candidates.
  • Decrease the number of people with disabilities who are either unemployed or under employed.
  • Provide employers information about best practices, disabilities, support services, and incentives. to facilitate employment, training and retention of people who happen to have disabilities.
  • Identify, develop and/or sponsor events and activities which support the mission.
  • Increase general awareness of people with disabilities as valuable employees, entrepreneurs and consumers in our communities

The ESBLN's video presentation, ABILITY MATTERS, is now available for viewing online. While there are many recruitment methods, this video showcases an example of how and why businesses should recruit qualified workers from an often underestimated labor pool – people with disabilities. The results of recruiting from this population include finding employees who typically have equal to better attendance, higher retention rates, and lower recruitment costs. This program also shows how one company plans to change and improve their training process for all new employees based on their experience with working with people with disabilities. This 14-minute program was locally produced and edited by Jackie Gast, Director of the ESBLN and Salisbury University Intern Communications major, Marc Gast. View ABILITY MATTERS online.

Disability Etiquette: Tips for Interacting with People with Disabilities
This booklet is for individuals with or without disabilities. It provides basic tips to keep in mind when interacting with individuals with disabilities.

Disability Specific Fact Sheets

Disability specific fact sheets have been developed to serve as quick reference guides on the following disabilities: Alcoholism and Drug Addicition, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, and Mental Illness.

Each fact sheet gives a brief description of the disability, accommodations, and resources.

The Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) is a free service that connects employers looking for quality employees with skilled job candidates. Discover what employers across the nation have learned: hiring people with disabilities is a great business strategy!

Employer’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, from Forward Motion Coaching. Today the prevalence of Asperger’s Syndrome is estimated to be as high as 1 in every 250 people in the United States. Chances are you’re working with or have worked with people who have Asperger’s Syndrome. This guide is divided into three parts. The first explains what Asperger’s Syndrome is and the specific strengths of “the Asperger mind.” The second explores common challenges that these individuals face in the workplace, while the third section explains what employers can do to create work environments that are conducive to success.

Employment and Individuals with Disabilities: A Guide for Businesses
A comprehensive guide for business that covers that following topics: Six step process for integrating people with disabilities into the workplace, Communicating with and about people with disabilities, Getting Started, American with Disabilities Act, Accommodation Resources, Veterans, Tax Incentives, and Additional Resources. Request a hard copy of Employment and Individuals with Disabilities: A Guide for Businesses.

Employment Law Guide
This Guide describes the statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers. The Guide is designed mainly for those needing "hands-on" information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses in general industry.
This website has information about the financial incentives available to businesses to make their worksite accessible, website compliant and hire indivdiuals with disabilities.

Fact Sheets
In an attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions about employment as it relates to individuals with disabilities, a series of facts sheets and a brochure were developed targeting businesses. The National Education Center developed these fact sheets for the Maryland Department of Disabilities & the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The following is a brief description of fact sheets and brochure designed for businesses. To view a specific fact sheet/brochure in its entirety, click on the file type of your choice (pdf or text). You may receive hard copies of these fact sheets by submitting a completed Business Order Form to the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

  • Accommodations (pdf or text) – This fact sheet discusses tips for accommodating employees and customers with disabilities and key definitions.
  • The Business Case - Hiring Individuals with
    (pdf or text) – This brochure provides information on why hiring individuals with disabilities is good for business.
  • Disability Employment Law (pdf or text) – This fact sheet discusses federal and state laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the employment and job application process.
  • Quick Tips: Job Seekers & Employees with
    (pdf or text) – This fact sheet offers guidance interacting with, hire and welcoming individuals with disabilities into the work place.
  • Resources for Reasonable Accommodation
    (pdf or text) – This fact sheet is designed to answer the following questions for businesses: Where can a business learn more about assistive technology or how to acquire a worksite assessment? Where can a business get an employee handbook converted to Braille for an employee who is blind? How does a business arrange for an interpreter for an interview with an individual who is deaf?
  • Tax Incentives/Credits (pdf or text) – This fact sheet reviews the federal and state tax incentives/credits available to help businesses cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities and the cost of improving accessibility of the business for employees and/or customers with disabilities.
  • Workforce Solutions: Finding Job Seekers with Disabilities (pdf or text) – This fact sheet highlights resources that are available to assist business fulfill its workforce needs.

The following are fact sheets published by the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy for businesses.
This website provides straightforward solutions and information that address everday human resource issues as they relate to current or future employees with disabilities.

Hot Topics for Business

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Hot Topic: Talent Outside Traditional Groups: Individuals with Disabilities and Older Workers
Hot Topic: Diversity in the Workplace
Hot Topic: Behavioral Interviewing as a Successful Retention Tool
Hot Topic: Strategies for Improving Healthcare Worker Retention

Interviewing and Hiring People with Disabilities
Maryland WorkFORCE Promise offers a series of free eLearning courses and web-based tools for professionals in disabilities services, their clients, and the businesses with whom they work. The learning objectives for this course are:

  • Describe the legal framework for interviewing and hiring people with disabilities.
  • Identify appropriate techniques for conducting an employment interview with people with disabilities.
  • Explain the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for pre-employment testing and processing of employment applications.
  • Describe the major employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Give examples of reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.
  • Identify obstacles to workplace accessibility and recognize appropriate remedies.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disabilitiy related legislation and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

Job Coaching Services and Benefits to Businessess and People with Disabilities
This fact sheet explains what a job coach is, the services and supports a job coach provides, the benefits to a business and more. It is funded by a grant with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities and the VCU-RRTC.

A library with training materials of videos, CD-ROMs, and books has been compiled. The libraries are tailored to businesses as well as individuals with disabilities.

Maryland Workforce Exchange
If you are looking to expand your business in Maryland, Workforce Exchange allows you to browse an applicant database for potential employees, post multiple job openings on-line to attract today's top talent, research current economic and local job market data, and obtain information on assistance programs that can help your business grow.

National Resources
Information on National Resources

National Survey of Consumer Attitudes
A national survey of consumer attitudes towards companies that hire people with disabilities resulted in all participants responding positively towards companies that are socially responsible. 92% of the respondents felt more favorable toward businesses that hire individuals with disabilities. The participants also had strong positive beliefs about the value and benefits of hiring people with disabilities, with 87% specifically agreeing they would prefer to give their business to companies that hire individuals with disabilities.

Reaching out to Customers with Disabilities: An On-Line ADA Course for Businesses
The US Department of Justice has designed an interactive online couse to educate small business owners about their obligations to, and the benefits of serving, customers with disabilities.

Tax Incentives/Credits
Information on tax incentives and credits

Telework Loan Program
A program of the Maryland Assistive Technology Program (MD TAP) / Maryland Department of Disabilities.

Telework is considered paid employment, either full-time or part-time, that is regularly performed, in whole or in part, at a location other than the employer’s customary office or place of business, including the worker’s home or a telework center. With portable computers, high-speed telecommunications links, and ever-present pocket communications devices, many employees today can work almost anywhere at least some of the time. According to MD TAP, benefits to business include:

  1. Teleworking allows a business to attract and retain the most forward-thinking employees who can work from anywhere at anytime utilizing the most technologically advanced devices to complete that work.
  2. Teleworking reduces employee lateness and callouts caused by long commutes, congested highways, and unrelated family/life issues.
  3. Teleworking decreases business overhead costs by reducing required space and utilities costs.
  4. Teleworking helps retain employees who may otherwise leave, often in cases of spousal job change or economic, familial changes at home.
  5. Teleworking retains an aging workforce, keeping the most knowledgeable, skilled employees in service.
  6. Teleworking helps reduce urban congestion and smog, contributing to a healthier environment.
  7. Teleworking ensures a constant workforce in spite of unforeseen emergencies causing customary places of employment to shut down.

Visit MD Tap Telework webpage for more detailed information about this program and how businesses benefit from establishing teleworking policies and positions.
Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention. This project studies those supports that are most effective for assisting individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers.

  • Business, Disability and Employment: Corporate Models of Success
    A sketch of 20 companies sharing best practices in recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities and in employees returning to work after acquiring a disability. Companies represented include Alaska Airlines, Bank of America, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Fred Hurtchinson Cancer Research Center, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Medtronic, Pitney Bowes, and Port of Seattle.