Frequently Asked
Questions

If your question is not answered you can find more information and details by contacting a Creative Spirit representative.

Candidate Questions

  • Do I need a resume?

    When you create your profile, you will be given the option to use our profile tool to build a profile. In addition, we encourage candidates to upload a current resume and/or a video to let potential employers learn even more about you.

  • Can I tell my friends about Creative Spirit?

    Yes. Please encourage others to become familiar with Creative Spirit and its mission. We encourage everyone to register in order to become familiar with the job search process and to begin to build a resume as you build your career.

  • What are my rights as a candidate?

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disabilities. You can read more about your rights here: https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/ada18.html

  • My disability requires that I receive accommodations at work. Will this be a problem?

    Employers are required to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. A request for an accommodation does not have to include any special words, such as “reasonable accommodation,” “disability,” or “Rehabilitation Act.” A request is any communication in which an individual asks or states that he/she needs EEOC to provide or to change something because of a medical condition.

    A family member, health professional, or other representative may request an accommodation on behalf of an EEOC employee or applicant. For example, a doctor’s note outlining medical restrictions for an employee constitutes a request for reasonable accommodation. You can read more about different accommodations here: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/internal/reasonable_accommodation.cfm

  • Do I need to have a particular set of skills or years of experience to qualify for a position on the Creative Spirit site?

    Creative Spirit's goal is to provide a wide variety of jobs over the next several years to meet a wide variety of abilities and skills.

  • Can I use Creative Spirit to find a job and continue to use my job coach?

    Yes. Creative Spirit provides candidates with an opportunity to post resumes and search for jobs. Creative Spirit encourages all candidates to work with their job coaches throughout and after the job-seeking process. Should you find a job through Creative Spirit, you are more than welcome to keep your current coach.

  • Will the people I work with be aware of my IDD.

    Creative Spirit encourages candidates and employees to do what is most comfortable. Disclosing your disability to your employer is a personal choice. The advantage to disclosing a disability is that it signals to an employer that they may need to facilitate specific accommodations. However, you are not required to disclose your disability.

  • Will there be other individuals with IDDs on my team?

    This will depend on the specific employer. Creative Spirit encourages employers to hire candidates with a variety of backgrounds and abilities. That said, it is likely that you will be working along other employees who do not have disabilities.

  • Will Creative Spirit be hosting any networking events?

    As Creative Spirit evolves, we will be hosting panel discussions, networking events and more. As events are scheduled, we will invite registered Creative Spirit users to participate.

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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 info@creativespirit-us.org

  • Can my company become an in-kind donor sponsor of Creative Spirit?

    Creative Spirit is looking for partners to sponsor technology, marketing, media, PR and advocacy/legal activities. Partners should contact Laurel Rossi at info@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 info@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 info@creativespirit-us.org.

Advocate Questions

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

    There are many ways to get involved:

    • If you are a candidate, you should register on the site. Begin by filling out all personal information necessary to begin your job hunt. If you are ready to find a position, be sure to complete as much of the information as possible so that we can help you identify the best matches for you.

    • 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.

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

    Yes. Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds fund general operations. In the future, we will be announcing more detailed plans for fundraising that will be focused against specific initiatives like training and educational programming.

  • I am considering making a contribution to Creative Spirit. Is it tax deductible?

    Yes. Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds fund general operations. In the future, we will be announcing more detailed plans for fundraising that will be focused against specific initiatives like training and educational programming.

  • Is there a minimum amount of money to donate?

    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 info@creativespirit-us.org

  • How can I volunteer?

    To learn more about volunteer opportunities including tutoring, coaching and volunteering at Creative Spirit, please contact volunteer at info@creativespirit-us.org

Interested in learning more?
Contact us at info@creativespirit-us.org