Goldman & Associates has been working with businesses in Clark County (Washington) for nearly 30 years to make the process of becoming an inclusive workplace as easy as possible. We are focused on assisting with the process of finding, training, and integrating employees with disabilities, all at no-cost to your business. To ensure a good fit we pre-screen our clients to assess abilities and barriers, placing them in environments with a similar setup and work load. We have a track record of success, placing clients to more than 700 jobs. Employing our clients can be immensely beneficial, with financial incentives and the possibility of ongoing support by our associates if necessary.
Benefits of the Supportive Employment Process
Through no-cost services, Goldman & Associates strives to create an experience beneficial to both the employer and employee.
- Become an Inclusive Employer – By supporting the employment of individual’s with disabilities your company shows a strong commitment to the success of your community, and in being an employer willing to overcome barriers. When our clients are in public settings, businesses often report increased traffic as socially conscious customers make a preference in where to shop.
- Tax Benefits – It can be financially beneficial to invest in the supportive employment process, as employers can earn a tax credit of 40% of the first $6,000 in wages (depending on the target group of the new employee and the number of hours worked in the first year).
- ADA and Disability Training for Staff – To actively encourage client integration into your workplace, we can provide information and training for your staff. This helps any employer understand their responsibilities. The supportive relationships built between the client and staff can serve as a role model for a strong team, finding a reason to invest in each other for the business’ success.
- Active Assistance in Success – Associates work closely with the individual, caregivers, and government agencies to ensure employee proficiency and dependability. We learn the duties to be assigned, and work with an individual’s disabilities by providing tools such as task lists and technological instruction to maintain focus and productivity. A majority of our clients receive 90 days of on the job assistance by our professionals, with some eligible for ongoing support.
- Insured Process – While adverse impacts are unlikely, Goldman & Associates Inc. maintains insurance as an extra level of protection for participating employers.
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What to Expect
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions from employers.
- What if my company cannot support another full-time employee?
While some candidates are looking for full-time work, many are looking for part-time employment for as little as a few hours a week. Even if your company financially cannot support an employee at this time, we often are looking for relatable work environments for job seekers to assess and build their skills as part of a ‘Community Based Assessment’.
- What needs do employees with developmental disabilities require?
Prior to the job search, we perform an assessment with Clark County to address any potential needs. We will not suggest a candidate that would be a bad fit for the position, which includes any requirements that may seem excessive. The County offers to pay for tools that may assist in the employment process, in addition to the professional hours with our Associates in your workplace.
- What types of roles can these job seekers serve?
Capabilities vary dramatically based upon the individual, with most employees serving in entry-level positions such as house keepers, custodians, lobby attendants, and dish washers. For many, it depends on the duties and how it appeals to their communication and learning styles. Find the ideal fit, and an employee may exceed traditional expectations. Our candidates are often dedicated individuals looking for an opportunity to be a productive member of society.