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“Help Wanted” Advice for ID Employers

October 8, 2007

Boise, ID – Idaho's persistent low unemployment rate may be a great reason for businesses to take a closer look at thousands of untapped workers. They are Idahoans with disabilities who have been looking for jobs, sometimes for years, but being turned down -- perhaps because of concerns about their disability.

October is "National Disability Employment Awareness Month," and Jim Baugh with the advocacy group Co-Ad says employers commonly overlook qualified candidates with disabilities because they're afraid of the extra costs that might be associated with hiring them.

"They are concerned about the effect on their group health insurance premiums, even though most people with disabilities who work don't have higher medical bills than anyone else."

Baugh says employers Co-Ad works with find that employees with disabilities are a solid, long-term bet.

"An employer has a lot to gain in finding an employee that's likely to stay with them and is not likely to move on."

Baugh says one recent study showed work place modifications for a person with a disability typically cost less than $100, and there were tax incentives for making changes.

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