Retention and Development

Once you've hired talented workers, you’ll want to take steps to keep them, including providing equal opportunity for advancement. People with disabilities are less likely to receive promotions and to have full-time positions than the general population, and as a result, earn 30% less on average than their counterparts without disabilities. This section outlines some key steps to retain and develop qualified employees with disabilities.

Untapped Arizona partners with ARIZONA@WORK to connect employers with a wide range of employee development programs and services, such as customized training, job-specific skills training, and the Arizona Job Training grant program.

The following material reviews the basics of reasonable accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and incorporating flexibility into the workplace. Return-to-work programs, or initiatives designed to reintroduce a person to the workplace following injury or illness, often are also relevant for retaining workers with disabilities. Finally, mentoring programs can be utilized to improve job satisfaction and retention for all employees. Here are some successful strategies for retaining and developing employees with disabilities, along with sources for additional information.