Marcia Hultman

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Workforce Services for Individuals

Job Seekers with Disabilities

 

Disability Resources

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is committed to providing quality services to assist individuals with disabilities find employment. We also serve as a resource for businesses as they benefit from the talents these individuals offer through employment.

Creating an environment in the workplace to encourage disability disclosure

Businesses can help create an environment encouraging disclosure among employees. The benefits of this include open dialogue in order for a business to provide accommodations to allow a valuable employee work to his or her potential. Reviewing the Disability Etiquette Best Practices is a great start to your awareness. The ADA and the Workplace video showcases employers in South Dakota and ways they have helped create a disclosure-friendly environment,

Workplace Accommodations

Despite myths, accommodations for employees typically cost nothing. For those that do have a cost, they are generally less than $500. Accommodations should not focus on the person's disability, rather what is needed for this person to perform the essential tasks of the job. Accommodations can range from an adjusted work schedule or screen reader to a phone headset or ergonomic workstation. Employers who have implemented an accommodation have reported increased retention and productivity among those employees. You can learn more about accommodations at the following sites:

  • Visit the Job Accommodation Network to receive individual consultation regarding job accommodations.
  • Universal Design (UD) is a strategy for making products, environments, operational systems and services welcoming and usable to the most diverse range of people possible.
  • If you have an employee who needs an assistive technology accommodation, DakotaLink serves the entire state of South Dakota with assistive technology needs.

Tax Credits

Find out through the Internal Revenue Service about tax benefits for businesses who have employees with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • ADA.gov is the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division's website. It provides Information and Technical Assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • The ADA Business Connection provides ADA compliance resources for businesses.

National Resources

Resources in South Dakota

  • The South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services can help individuals with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency, personal independence and full inclusion into society.
  • The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has information on labor and employment laws.
  • Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills (WDNBH) is a team of business and human resource individuals to serve as a link between employers and individuals with disabilities who have the desire and qualifications to work. Members of WDNBH recognize that a healthy workforce is diversified and inclusive of persons with disabilities.
  • The Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls provides businesses with education, awareness and resources to promote the successful employment of persons with disabilities.
  • DakotaLink serves the entire state of South Dakota with assistive technology needs.

ADA Videos

View the What you Need to Know about the ADA video on YouTube to learn about protections under the ADA and expectations for communication regarding a disability, as well as etiquette tips when working with or providing services to those who have a disability.

What You Need to Know about the ADA video for Employees