Who We Are
Untapped Arizona is a nonprofit organization that helps businesses in our state drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. We are the one-stop resource for Arizona businesses to obtain information and technical assistance pertaining to the employment of qualified individuals with disabilities – a largely untapped resource. By working with partners including state government, businesses, nonprofits, and other resources across the state, we assist employers in meeting their employment needs in recruiting, hiring, and developing qualified individuals with disabilities.
In fall 2017, we will become the Arizona affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), a national organization committed to disability inclusion. USBLN serves as the collective voice of the nearly 50 affiliates across the United States, representing more than 5,000 businesses.
Untapped Arizona has deep roots, originating as a federal grant project in 2007. Our participation in the national “Think Beyond the Label” campaign, aimed at educating businesses about inclusive hiring practices. The statewide media campaign, featuring the tagline “Labels get in the way, disabilities rarely do,” garnered highly positive responses from Arizona businesses seeking information and assistance.
More recently, the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) partnered with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and Arizona Department of Economic Security–Employment Administration (DES-EA) to support the further development of Untapped Arizona. The original project has evolved to become a nonprofit organization to further serve as a centralized resource for employers.
Today, Untapped Arizona is the primary one-stop resource for Arizona businesses to obtain information and technical assistance pertaining to the employment of qualified individuals with disabilities – a largely untapped resource in our state’s labor pool. Despite their higher-than-average education levels, individuals with a disability have significantly lower employment rates than those without a disability.
- Approximately 30% of working-age Arizonans with a disability are high school graduates (or earned equivalency), as compared with 24% of those without a disability.
- 38% have an associate’s degree or some amount of college, as compared with 35% of those without a disability.
The Untapped Arizona Business Advisory Committee comprises representatives from the major employers in each of Arizona’s key employment sectors. The committee helps guide Untapped Arizona in developing programs, and services aimed at employer organizations in their sector. Committee members also work with other employers in their sector to engage and assist them in disability inclusion strategies and practices.
Employer organizations and employment sectors currently represented on the UAZ Business Advisory Committee include:
Health Care Services