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"I'd encourage other employers to get on board and start hiring people with disabilities because they’re gonna find out that is a dependable worker, that is a worker who has good skills, and a person who wants to be at work.”


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"Companies that employ individuals with disabilities are viewed more favorably by the public."

Gary N. Siperstein, Robin C. Parker and Max Drascher, “National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force,” Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation 39 (2013): 157-165

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"…for every dollar that taxpayers give to fund supported employment programs (i.e.costs), they receive more than a dollar back in taxes collected and savings from other programs (i.e. benefits)."

Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation

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Retail sector workers with disabilities had fewer unscheduled absences than those without disabilities.

A study by DePaul University

Excellence Program Assists People With DisabilitiesEmployMeFirst: The First Step To Success For Businesses And Individuals With Disabilities

We believe that everyone who is willing and able to work should have the chance to find a meaningful job. We also believe that businesses seeking dependable, capable workers owe it to themselves to tap the vast talent pool of individuals with disabilities. This website brings the two together. Here, employers in Northeast Florida can make connections with dedicated, hard-working job candidates who can make big contributions to the success of their businesses.

Dignity Through Work

All of us deserve the chance to find the human dignity, self-reliance and sense of achievement that a good job can bring. It’s much more than a paycheck. It is a chance to live life on one’s own terms and realize a deep sense of achievement. EmployMeFirst is the connecting point for companies and individuals seeking more than just a good day’s work. Working together, there are no limits to what can be achieved.

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Tax and Other Benefits

Learn about tax benefits your company may receive by hiring individuals with disabilities here.

Learn about regulations concerning hiring individuals with disabilities for Federal contractors and subcontractors, including the 7% hiring goal here or download this pdf.