The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 19, 2006

Employers who hire disabled can receive tax breaks and more

Employers who hire disabled workers in the Tennessee Valley can get tax breaks and reap other benefits.

At the same time, they can improve the life of a person with a disability.

“Hiring the disabled is good for the disabled; but it’s also good for the business,” says Janet Hill, vocational services director at the Tennessee Valley Rehabilitation Center.

The TVRC offers qualified workers capable of being competitively employed in Limestone, Morgan, Lawrence and Cullman counties.

But they want more businesses, industries and disabled people to participate.

Some of the employers who have hired TVRC workers include: Alpha Omega, Cabin Grill, Fire Mountain, Jameson Inn, Metal Exchange, Morgan County Courthouse, Vinson Guard, Wal-Mart Super Center in Athens, Lowe’s in Decatur, White Construction.

What services are available?

Here’s a list of what the TVRC can offer the employer:

• Environmental services.

• Industrial cleaning.

• Employees with basic office skills, including multi-line telephone systems, basic computer skills, word processing, sorting and filing.

• Employees with basic computer applications for business including Excel, spreadsheets, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll.

• Certified forklift operators.

• Employees with established work histories.

• Students just leaving high school.

• Employees willing to work part time or full time.

What’s in it for employer?

Here are some of the benefits employers get if they hire TVRC clients:

• Tax break of $2,400 for each employee hired.

• Employees age 16 and up who have taken a class that teaches good work habits, social skills in the work place and conflict resolution.

• Employees who have already been drug screened.

• Free job coaching, which cuts training costs.

• Free liaison assigned to work with employer and employee to make sure the job is getting done right.

• Help with accommodations for employee, if needed.

• Free 90-day follow-up to make sure employer is happy with employee.

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