Q. I have an employee who has acquired a disability. How can OOD help me so I can retain this person?
A. The person can apply for vocational rehabilitation services by visiting OODWorks.com. OOD’s Worksite Accessibility Specialist can also assist you, as the employer, with your worksite accessibility questions and needs.
Q. What types of disabilities might OOD applicants have?
A. People receiving OOD services can have any type of disability (e.g. physical, mental, or emotional) which limits their ability to obtain or retain employment. OOD’s services can reduce the impact that a disability has on a person’s employment.
Q. Who refers applicants to OOD?
A. People are referred to OOD by a variety of sources, such as doctors, friends, relatives, rehabilitation facilities, the Social Security Administration and employers. OOD also welcomes self-referrals.
Q. Will my insurance rates increase if I hire a person with a disability?
A. Neither insurance rates nor workers’ compensation rates rise when you hire an employee who has a disability. However, some specific disabilities may fall under a pre-existing condition clause and might not be covered by some insurers.
Q. If I spend the time to train an employee with a disability, will that employee stay?
A. Absentee rates for employees with disabilities are lower than for other employees. Approximately 80% of the people served by OOD are still on the job after one year.
Q. Will it cost more to hire someone with a disability?
A. Most employees with a disability need few or no accommodations. The majority of accommodations cost less than $50 and only 10% of all accommodations cost more than $500. OOD may be able to help with some of those costs, as well as provide technical assistance.
Q. What types of jobs are suitable for people with disabilities?
A. People with disabilities can perform almost any type of job – from unskilled labor to technical and professional jobs. OOD can provide assessments, career counseling and job training for a full range of occupations. OOD also counsels people to choose careers in which their disability will not restrict job performance and success.
Q. How do I determine the wages for an employee with a disability?
A. You establish the employee’s wages based on the same wage scale you use for any employee who is performing the same job.