Employ a PDS Client

Innovative Personnel Alternatives

People with Disabilities Succeeding is a state funded, nonprofit personnel agency that assists employers in hiring people with disabilities. PDS provides vocational preparation and training as well as ongoing support and follow up services for both the employer and employee. These services are offered at no cost to the employer at any time.


PDS performs the following preliminary procedures to help facilitate a successful client/employer match:

  • Analyze the workplace to identify the employer's needs and expectations
  • Assist with customizing client job descriptions based on the employer's needs
  • Access our client pool and recommend candidates for the employer's consideration
  • Act as a liaison during the interview and selection process

Once the employer has decided to hire a particular candidate, our agency will:

  • Provide an Employment Facilitator, at no cost to the employer, to act as an advisor and/or interpreter during training and throughout the employee's tenure
  • Offer the employer and coworkers ongoing consultation and information regarding employees with disabilities
  • Act as liaison to answer questions and provide support to coworkers, supervisors, and the employee for the duration of the employee's position.
  • Facilitate paperwork for Targeted Job Tax Credits (when in effect)

Benefits to Employers

  • Motivated, enthusiastic employees
  • Dependable workforce
  • Low turnover rate
  • Positive Public Image
  • Ongoing support that addresses the specific demands of the workplace
  • Reduced recruitment, selection and training costs
  • Targeted Job Tax Credits (when in effect)
  • Affirmative Action and Equal Employment
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Types of disabilities of our clients

Our clients have learning and/or physical disabilities. The clients' skills and interests are carefully matched to the given job requirements.

Preferred Job Duties

Many clients prefer jobs with structure and repetition, while others excel with more variety. We have clients with experience in clerical services, food preparation, janitorial/maintenance duties, retail stocking, shipping/receiving, and many other areas.

Rate of Pay, Number of Hours

We usually recommend starting an employee at six to thirty hours per week at minimum or prevailing wage, and then increasing pay based on merit.

Employer Liability

Our clients are physically and/or learning disabled, not medically fragile. DuPont published a survey, Equal to the Task II (1990), which showed that employees with disabilities are no more likely to get hurt on the job than non-disabled employees. 97% of workers with disabilities had average or above average safety records. The employer is required to carry Worker's Compensation Insurance for the employee, but premiums would be no higher than non-disabled employee rates.

Coworker Reactions

In general, coworkers have positive things to say about working with a person with a disability. The diversity usually inspires other workers and increases morale. With time, coworkers learn and adapt to any differences that an employee with a disability may have. Coworkers usually find that people with disabilities are more similar to them than they are different.

Customer Reactions

Customers usually have very positive things to say about employees with disabilities. By creating diversity within the workforce, the employer gains a positive public image and a sense of community involvement.

For more information on employing PDS clients email Lisa Markey Giraldi or call (415) 459-6510.