Supporting People with Disabilities in the Workforce

There are many benefits for businesses that hire people with disabilities. These include improvements in job retention; dependability and flexibility; attitude; profitability and a competitive advantage. Businesses that hire workers with disabilities may also be eligible for various state and federal tax incentives.

According to the Job Accommodation Network, the median cost to employers for providing accommodations for employees with disabilities is just $300 (one-time), and many accommodations are lower cost or even free. Hiring qualified workers of all abilities just makes good business sense!

For more information, please see the resources listed below.

Rockland County Office for People with Disabilities

50 Sanatorium Road

Building A, 6th Floor

Pomona, NY 10970

(845) 364-3980 | Website

The mission of the Rockland County Office for People with Disabilities (RCOPWD) is to provide information, resources, and advocacy, and to promote independence and well-being for Rockland County residents with disabilities.


Pascack Plaza

15 Perlman Drive, 2nd Floor

Spring Valley, NY 10977

(845) 426-5410 | Website

ACCES-VR helps 13,000 individuals annually to find jobs. ACCES-VR partners with workforce development groups, Chambers of Commerce, and human resource groups to stay abreast of local business trends and your hiring needs.

ACCES-VR can assist businesses with the following:

  • Financial incentives and tax credits
  • No-cost employment services
  • Pre-screened job-ready applicants
  • Ongoing follow-up services
  • Job coaching to help workers meet the requirements of the job
  • Consultation, recommendations and training for retention of current employees who acquire a disability


2290 Palisades Center Drive

West Nyack, NY 10994

(845) 624-1366 | Website

BRIDGES was founded in 1987 under the name Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC). BRIDGES is a community-based, peer-driven, cross-disability, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocacy and leadership on behalf of people with disabilities.


  • BRIDGES helps people with disabilities to self-determine their own lives and works to overcome barriers, stigma, indifference, and the quiet prejudice of low expectations.

  • BRIDGES helps businesses to employ people with disabilities, increase access to their facility, and enhance their community profile.

  • BRIDGES raises disability awareness and advocates for programs, services, and legislation that promote fairness and equality.

  • BRIDGES works with individuals and educational systems to maximize learning and to ensure effective accommodation standards.

Transportation for People With Disabilities

TRIPS is Rockland County's paratransit bus service for residents with physical, mental, developmental or intellectual disabilities or senior citizens who are aged 60 and over.