The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists businesses in hiring, developing and keeping valued employees. The highly trained employer relation specialists provide free services to businesses. Vocational Rehabilitation wants to work with businesses toward placement and retention of people with disabilities in the workforce. The custom-designed programs and services exemplify tax dollars at work for Kentucky's business and industry.
How OVR can help your business?
- accessibility checklist
- employment services
- personnel assistance
- staff development
- financial incentives
- on-the-job training (OJT)
- pre-screening of applicants based on essential job requirements
- onsite job trainer and support services
- job restructuring/work-site adjustment
- accessibility survey of complete work site
- assistive technology; devices and specialized equipment to assist in job success
- follow-up services
- affirmative action
- workforce diversity consultation
- reasonable accommodation support
- employee assistance and/or advisory program
Custom-designed training programs for management, staff and co-workers:
- disability awareness: understanding how our perceptions affect persons with disabilities
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- technical assistance and resources
Minimize the cost of training new employees and the potential loss of experience by maintaining valued workers that have become disabled through work-related injuries.
An owner or operator of a business should be aware of two tax incentives for hiring workers with disabilities:
- Deduction for removal of barriers (Internal Revenue Services Code Section 190) - A business may deduct expenses for making a facility or vehicle used in the business more accessible to a person with disabilities.
- Accessibility Credit (Internal Revenue Services Code Section 44) - An eligible small business that pays or incurs expenses for providing access to a person with disabilities is allowed a tax credit.