Contact Creative Spirit today to partner with Creative Spirit or to schedule a DE&I consultation for your organization.

Contact us today to partner with Creative Spirit or to schedule a DE&I consultation on disability equity and inclusion for your organization. Whether you are ready to hire individuals with disabilities, or you are interested in cultivating an inclusive culture that includes those with IDDs, contact us today. Our Creative Spirit consultants are ready to demonstrate how hiring people with disabilities can have an immeasurable impact on company culture, employee engagement and the bottom line.

If you are ready to post a job today, feel free to register below and upload a job description. One of our Creative Consultants will contact you today.

    Employer Questions

    Do employees report directly to me or to Creative Spirit?

    Creative Spirit is here to help facilitate employment opportunities. After the candidate is hired and a Creative Spirit employment specialist has worked with your HR team and with the candidate, they will report to you.

    Will there be a Creative Spirit specialist during this process?

    A Creative Spirit employment specialist will be assigned to each employee as manpower allows. Each specialist will work with the HR team and hiring manager to facilitate a candidate’s success on an as-needed basis. We anticipate that some employees will need intermittent coaching directly from Creative Spirit.

    Will Creative Spirit supply materials for training and workshops?

    Creative Spirit will supply an employer toolkit for your company’s use. It is directional and based upon our best practices.

    How will candidates prepare for their interview?

    Creative Spirit best practices suggest that candidates be supplied questions in advance of an interview.

    We are hiring someone with a disability for the first time. Where do we start?

    The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) offers a variety of materials on its website. You can find further guidance regarding accessibility, guidelines, related legislation and more from The Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Learn more here: AskJAN.org

    Can my employees participate in Creative Spirit activities beyond providing jobs?

    Yes. To learn more about volunteer opportunities including tutoring, coaching and fundraising for Creative Spirit, please contact hiredifferent@creativespirit-us.org

    My company is considering making a contribution to Creative Spirit. Is it tax deductible?

    Yes. All contributions are tax deductible and 100% of funds go directly to Creative Spirit activities. For more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact Laurel Rossi at laurel.rossi@creativespirit-us.org.

     

    Are there rules against firing/disciplining a candidate with an IDD?

    An employer may discipline an employee with an intellectual disability for misconduct as long as the employer imposes the same discipline on employees without disabilities.

    Are there any tax incentives for hiring people with disabilities?

    Yes, companies are eligible for The Disabled Access Credit. For more information please contact your local IRS office or visit their website. Information about these tax incentives as well as necessary forms can be found on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. Learn more here: http://www.irs.gov/businesses

    How can I get involved if I am neither a candidate nor an employer?

    There are many ways to get involved:

    • If you are an employer, you have an opportunity to register as many positions as you deem appropriate. Contact Creative Spirit for expert advice, job coaching assistance or to get your organization involved. There are a number of ways that employers can benefit and we can discuss these with you in detail.
    • If you would like to make Creative Spirit your charitable contribution, we are a certified 501c3 corporation and use employer contributions to fund operations and to grow the scope of our services.
    • If you are a family member, friend or would like to become a Creative Spirit advocate, contact Creative Spirit at info@creativespirit-us.org, or call us at 978.281.6030. We are looking for volunteers, strong mentors and to build awareness of the Creative Spirit mission
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    Where can I get information about making workplace accommodations?

    The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations. Learn more here: AskJAN.org