DPN Business Resources

The Disability Program Navigator

Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) are a resource to persons with disabilities, large and small employers, non-profits, community-based and faith-based organizations.

DPNs are trained and skilled in facilitation, training staff in disability etiquette, problem resolution, locating and leveraging resources, initiating system changes, conducting outreach, developing linkages and building collaboration in the community.


The Disability Program Navigator can provide you with information, referrals, and services on such topics as:

  • Tax Incentives
  • Reasonable Accommodation
  • Disability Etiquette
  • ADA Resources
  • Assistive Technology (available at our One-Stop locations)
  • Workshops
  • Employment Resources
  • Training Opportunities
  • Resources on many other subjects, questions, concerns and needs...

Financial Incentives for Hiring People with Disabilities

Tax Credit (ADA) for Small Business: Businesses with less than 30 employees or $1 million or less per year in total revenue can receive a tax credit for the cost of accommodations provided to an employee (or customer) with a disability. The credit covers 50% of eligible expenditures up to $10,000 (max. credit per year of $50000). Section 44 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Tax Deductions: Section 190 of the Internal Revenue Code allows a maximum tax deduction of $15,000 per year may be taken by a business of any size for the removal of architectural or transportation related  barriers. The renovations must comply with applicable standards.

Enterprise Zone: Businesses located in the Merced Regional Enterprise Zone can earn California State tax credits for hiring employee, up to $37,400 per qualified employee, or on the purchases of qualified equipment.

WOTC Tax Credits: Businesses may receive between $2,400 and $9,000 in Federal tax credits through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit or Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit program when hiring qualified employees.

*You should talk with an accountant or other tax professional concerning these deductions or credits.