Employment: Employer Funding
Funding is one of the main barriers in providing reasonable accommodation. Below are four sources to obtain potential funding for ITY in the workplace.
1. EEOC, Facts About Disability-Related Tax Provisions
This fact sheet covers the three IRS Tax credits that are available for small business employers. The Disability Access Tax Credit would apply for the funding of an ITY under the provision of effective communication. The additional tax credit information below may be helpful regarding the hiring of persons with disabilities.
2. New York State Workers with Disabilities Employment Tax Credit (WETC)
Hiring a person with a disability can sometimes be a deterrent for employers because of misperceptions. If an applicant is requesting a reasonable accommodation as a means of effective communication, the employer may be apprehensive due to cost. WETC helps employers to hire people with disabilities by offsetting their salary. One can see the financial benefit of hiring a person with a disability and acquiring a reasonable accommodation when overall costs are reduced. Even though you may have an initial expense, in the end, you might actually save money because of the salary being offset. (You will also need to work with the federal DOL regarding their WETC.)
3. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, VESID
VESID provides many services to employers that are free. They can also work in collaboration with employers to help offset the cost of an accommodation. VESID has a web page specific to saving money.
4. Social Security Work Incentives
Social Security has set up incentives for individuals with disabilities who receive benefits and are going to work. This program provides an opportunity to get funding for an ITY for the employee.