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Disability Employment Webinar for Small Businesses - Tapping into Talent Through Community Partners

Have you worried about finding or keeping workers at your small business? Workers with disabilities may be a solution. Study after study shows that being a disability-inclusive employer leads to many advantages, including diverse thinking, reduced turnover, and insight into a large and growing customer base. But where can small businesses find job candidates with disabilities? One effective strategy to recruit, hire, and keep workers is connecting with state and local partners, including vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. These organizations can help you create a pipeline of new talent and find the workers your business needs. Join EARN to learn more about these resources and how they can help small businesses find and hire new employees.

In this webinar, experts will share their approaches to recruiting, hiring, and retaining workers with disabilities. You will also discover practical strategies to help your organization:

  • Identify sources of candidates with disabilities.
  • Understand the types of services provided by various organizations.
  • Determine the support you will need to hire and keep disabled workers.
  • Learn about accessibility.

ASL and real-time captioning will be provided.

Register here.

This webinar may be of particular interest for extension services that work extensively with small business, including in the agricultural sector.

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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