Hiring someone with an IDD can be an incredibly rewarding and smart business decision. They are usually reliable, productive and energetic workers who can bring diversity and new perspectives to your team. Research has shown that they are less likely to take sick days, less likely to be in work-related accidents and can excel in certain tasks where others can’t or won’t.
Businesses that employ individuals with IDD report that the process was far easier than expected. Most people with an IDD are only seeking part-time or limited part-time employment. Nonprofit agencies provide businesses with no-cost onboarding, including identifying suitable work, interviewing candidates, and onsite job coaching. Tax credits are also available to businesses who employ people with disabilities.
If you’re unsure about how hiring a person with IDD would help your business, check out our FAQ sheet with everything you need to know or you can take the pledge to employ to begin exploring the process.
If you already employ an individual with an IDD, please submit a business listing to be included on our Shopability map – a searchable, interactive map that showcases IDD-inclusive business in Jacksonville.
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ideal jobs for People with IDDs
The jobs people with IDDs can do vary greatly on an individual basis. In general, people with IDDs often excel at detail-oriented or repetitive tasks, and many are incredible friendly and engaging with customers. Some of the best types of jobs and tasks for people with IDDs include:
Clerical and Office Positions
- Scanning and copying
- Entering data
- Delivering Mail
- Organizing displays and stocking shelves
- Greeting customers
- Filing orders and packaging items
Tech environments are especially good for some people with autism spectrum disorder.
- Computer programming
- Problem solving
- Repairing computers
Other examples of jobs where people with IDDs can succeed are:
- Culinary arts
- Broadcasting technology
- Heavy equipment operation
- Veterinary assistant
- Computer programming
The JAX Chamber and Connectable are partnering for the 20 in 20 campaign. This initiative is designed to inspire 20 JAX Chamber members to pledge to hire an individual with intellectual and developmental differences in 2020. Your company can be a part of it, too. Local job placement agencies specializing in working with the IDD community will provide free turnkey support throughout the process.