Financial Incentives and Other Supports

A variety of financial incentives and tax credits are available to employers who hire candidates with disabilities or who make their business accessible to customers with disabilities.

Financial Incentives

Employer Tax Credit for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities - an incentive to hire referrals from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division for the Visually Impaired and promotes meaningful sustained employment in integrated work settings for people with disabilities. See flyer for details.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC) – a federal tax credit for employers who hire employees with disabilities through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The credit applies to the first $6,000 of wages paid. See Delaware WOTC.

Disabled Access Tax Credit – geared toward eligible small businesses to meet increased expenses incurred in complying with the ADA. Allowable amount of tax credit is equal to 50 percent of the expenditures in excess of $250, but not more than $10,250.

Architectural and Transportation Barrier Removal Tax Deduction – business may claim up to $15,000 per tax year for making its premises or public transportation vehicles more accessible.

On-the-Job Training Reimbursement – available from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to offset the training costs of a newly-hired employee. Read more about DVR's training reimbursement program or call (302) 761-8275 for more information.

Please refer to Job Accommodations Network (JAN) for more detailed information regarding cost saving incentives.

Education & Awareness Training

Ability Awareness Training

DVR can serve as your consultant on disability issues. We can design and implement training programs focused on the specific needs of your business. Some of the training programs which can be tailored to your needs are:

Accommodation in the workplace – This training focuses on how to have an effective dialogue with your employee on accommodations as well as link you to resources to meet those needs.

Interviewing dos and don'ts – This specialized seminar provides tips on how to interview applicants who have disabilities and how to get the information you need without asking inappropriate questions.

Disability etiquette in the workplace – This seminar on disability etiquette will teach you and your staff the preferred etiquette in greeting, interviewing or offering your products and services to people with disabilities.

How to identify the essential functions in a job – When hiring, it is important to know the key job tasks in any position within your company. This seminar will help you and the human resource staff identify the key tasks in any job assignment.

Disability awareness – These seminars will show how attitudes and biases on disabilities can impact your customer service and hiring practices. They can either be customized to educate your staff about specific disabilities or designed as generic overviews.