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Employment First: Benefits of Inclusive Hiring

Building strong partnerships with local businesses means more community-based jobs are available for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 

Benefits to employers

Employing individuals with I/DD is a win-win for everybody. In the past, individuals with I/DD were much more likely to be unemployed compared to the general population, but that is starting to change. Employers are seeing how individuals who experience I/DD can be dedicated, hard-working, and also improve the productivity, culture and diversity of the workplace. 

Employer testimonials (videos)

Oregon employers are increasingly aware of the positive contribution people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can make to their businesses, and to their bottom line. Watch these testimonials from Oregon employers to learn about their experience employing people with a disability.

 Comfort SuitesSafewaySouth Columbia Chamber of CommerceSt Anthony's HospitalWaterford Grand

Success stories from individuals with I/DD

Employee success stories

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Resources for building an inclusive workforce