Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 advantages of hiring deaf employees

By Franklin Smith--DSB Employment Specialist

Hiring deaf employees has several advantages for companies of any size, but even more so for small businesses. The Deaf Service Bureau (DSB) helps companies fill their open positions with qualified individuals who happen to have a disability to create a win/win situation for everyone.
  1. Receive a tax credit: Small businesses can get a tax credit of up to $5,000 for employing deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals.
  2. Save money on the hiring process: Unlike head-hunters DSB does not charge a fee for finding a suitable employee for your open position. In fact, we even provide a free job coach during the training period and help resolve any accommodation issues.
  3. Meet federal requirements for equal access and diversity: Having a deaf employee will help any company remain on good terms with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while also broadening the staff members' horizon with an authentic insight into deaf culture.
  4. Gain loyal employees: Since deaf individuals face more challenges than hearing people in the job market they tend to be more loyal, which in turn provides more stability for the company.
  5. Reach a new target market: Deaf employees will attract other members of the Deaf community who will gladly support a business that includes one of their own.

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