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Employment Resources for the Disabled


These are resources specifically set up to meet the needs or address the interests of the disabled. You are certainly not limited to these resources, but they may have ideas or topics which speak directly to you. You may also want to look at our the resources for Diverse Groups since some of these may list resources and services for you. We also have resources for Wounded Warriors with our listings for Veterans / Transitioning Military Personnel.

Resources for Interpreters for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing can be found under Linguistics and Language Skills.

Ideas for Writing an Accommodation Request Letter, Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., Job Accommodation Network (gettinghired.com)
"The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with disabilities, unless such accommodations would pose an undue hardship (e.g. too costly, too extensive, too substantial, too disruptive). In general, the applicant or employee with a disability is responsible for letting the employer know that an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, to perform essential job functions, or to receive equal benefits and privileges of employment. Employers are not required to provide accommodations if they are not aware of the need." The author suggests that a written request be submitted in order to provide documentation of such a request and offers a sample outline for such a request.
Workplace & Employment: American Association of People with Disabilities
According to their website, AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities. They not only partner with several employers to offer internship programs specifically for young persons with disabilities, they actively recruit Washington DC - based organizations to participate in the Greater Washington Internship Coalition, offering even more opportunities to these talented students and young professionals.
AFB CareerConnect, the American Foundation for the Blind
CareerConnect is "a free resource for people who are blind or visually impaired to learn about the range and diversity of the jobs that are performed throughout the United States and Canada by adults who are blind or visually impaired." CareerConnect takes you through the process of examining what you have to offer an employer and exploring careers, offers tips on finding a job, getting hired, and making that job work for you and gives you information on technology to assist you in your job. You can even build your resume online in MyCareerConnect and search for a volunteer mentor to offer some guidance as you go through your exploration and search. Finally, you can link to resources for employment listings. All visitors can read the articles and search the databases, but to contact a mentor or set up My CareerConnect, you must fill out the free registration form.
BigTentJobs
"Genius at work." This Michigan-based recruiting agency places "gifted and college-educated professionals, including those with hidden and visible disabilities, in positions at leading companies". Founded by Adam Kaplan, the candidates they work with are highly skilled professionals working in Information Technology, Engineering, Accounting & Finance and in other professional fields, and their client list includes companies in the Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Medical Devices, Accounting & Consulting and other industries. For those of you who are wondering what someone with a hidden or visible disability might do in this sort of professional setting, check out the section on What is Genius or articles related to specific possibilities and realities. Then head over to their job database and see what opportunities exist. They are primarily working in Michigan, but it looks like they want to expand to the entire country. Let's hope it happens.
Career Services from Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Washington DC region)
...works to ensure that all consumers who are visually impaired or blind who want to be employed have the skills, resources and necessary training to help them obtain a job and achieve success in the workplace.
Disability and the Workplace: An Internet Primer
...provided by the Catherwood Library at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, this is an extensive guide to Internet Resources dealing with several levels of physical and mental disability and the workplace, complete with good annotations for all resources. Topics include the Americans With Disabilities Act, government sites, worker's compensation, and job hunting. The information is great for those who are disabled or who work with others who are disabled.
Disability.gov
Sponsored by several agencies and departments of the Federal Government, this site provides one-stop access to information resources important to the disabled. This includes employment, education, housing, transportation, health, income support, civil rights, and much more. It is an easy to use and well organized and each area includes several resources designed to help you. One pointer for you -- there is an "Employment" category on the left side, but if you scroll down the front page to the section headed "I want to" you'll also see a link for "Find a Job". This is a little different, and most of you might want to actually start here and then visit the Employment category.
Entry Point!
This program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers students with disabilities outstanding Internship opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. Application and program information is available on the site.
GettingHired
...a free website designed "to create sustainable employment growth and opportunity for people with disabilities." There are some good employers associated with this resource and the database is quite well populated. My quibbles: you must register in order to view any piece of the real site, including the job listings, and in some cases you must have "an active jobseeker profile" (a resume) in their system to use resources such as the career assessment. However, for those who are disabled this looks like a terrific site and has great jobs.
Employment Opportunities posted at Hearing Loss Web
...these opportunities are targeted to the deaf and hard-of-hearing or to persons who will provide services to this community. They include college faculty positions, teachers at various levels, and social workers fluent in ASL.
HireDS.com: Hire Disability Solutions
"Our goal is to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their goals by providing them with the tools to succeed. We present information and resources for individuals to connect with employers, build their skills, and discover the feeling of accomplishment." Partnering with several related non-profit organizations, numerous corporations, and Monster.com, this full-service staffing and consulting firm works to assist individuals to find meaningful employment while also aiding employers in finding the very best staffing for their companies. Individuals can easily search the database of employment opportunities and view contact information for the posting organization, but you will need to create a Monster.com account in order to apply for these positions. You can also post a resume on the HireDS.com site by completing their quick registration (name, email address, and a password).
IBM Employment
IBM is hiring, and not just IT/software professionals. They have opportunities in numerous fields and in numerous countries, including entry level positions and internships. They are particularly interested in connecting with persons from diverse backgrounds, disabled candidates, and veterans as well as military personnel separating from the service.
ABILITYJobs
...set up to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. It wants you to register in order to access the job database, but this is free and does not require you upload a resume until you are ready. They have the current job openings from ABILITYMagazine streaming on their Facebook page, so you can view a sample of the jobs they carry through that medium.
Lift, Inc.
Since 1975, this national organization has been working with major corporations to recruit, train and place people who have physical disabilities in information management and information technology positions. They seek candidates who have both excellent analytical ability and a strong desire to establish, or resume, careers in information technology or information management, and they will train qualified candidates without experience. Qualified candidates should be capable of working full-time (the hours can be flexible), and able to commute to the work place at least once or twice a week. Aptitude must be demonstrated by successful performance on one or more tests, as well as evaluation through personal interviews.
Metrowest Employment Collaborative
"Ending Disparities in Employment Access for Individuals with Disabilities." Located in Framingham, MA, this employment collaborative for the region just west of Boston, MA, represents over twenty community partners, providing information and resources to employers, employment providers, state agencies, and individuals with disabilities. Their mission is to increase the number of competitive employment opportunities available to job seekers with disabilities. Job seekers and their families / caregivers can use this site to find agencies to assist them, sorting by services offered, locations served, or primary disability, or you can just review the full list of partners and review each one individually. You'll also find a short list of Resources to aid you in your search for work. They are working on a Soft Skills Manual to help prepare individuals to not only get a job but to keep it long-term, but that is still in development. You can review the Table of Contents right now.
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Founded in 1880, this "is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans." The association offers information for the hearing disabled as well as their families and communities, and you can also learn about sign language and interpreter certification. While some sections of the site are limited to members, the NAD Job Market is open to all for viewing.
National Business & Disability Council at the Viscardi Center
..."The NBDC is the leading national corporate resource on all issues related to the successful employment and integration of individuals with disabilities into America's workforce. They offer a nice job lead database and a free resume database open to all college graduates with disabilities. This database is then made available to their members.
New Mobility's Interactive Café
..."the largest community on the web for disability news, resources and culture. " Check their Jobline for job listings or a place to post your resume.
Pride Industries
..."delivers first-rate manufacturing and service solutions to businesses and government agencies nationwide, while creating meaningful jobs for people with disabilities." Headquartered in California with additional offices in Louisiana, Texas, and Washington DC, Pride Industries provides the support, training and opportunity necessary to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles and find meaningful employment. You can review a list of current openings they are working to fill and submit a resume in response to any, or if you prefer call their 24-hour jobs hotline at 877-562-2877.
Rehabilitation Opportunities, Inc.
ROI is a community-based nonprofit human services corporation licensed and funded by the Maryland state of Maryland working to help adults with developmental and physical disabilities achieve as much independence as possible by providing counseling, job training, good employment, transportation to and from supervised worksites, and a weekly paycheck. ROI supplements its funding and makes available vocational training and employment opportunities to disabled worksite participants by providing industry standard finishing services to printers, associations, sales and marketing groups throughout the Washington-Baltimore area. Learn more about their services and how someone might become a participant (or a customer) on their website.
What Can You Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment
...a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace. There is information for employers on how they can capitalize on the talents of persons with disabilities is information and resources for teachers and family members. There is also links to employment support services for the disabled and a place where youth can share career aspirations. The Campaign is a collaborative effort between several organizations that are working to raise awareness and change attitudes about disability and employment and is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) with technical support from JAN and the Disability Policy Research Center at West Virginia University.
Work Without Limits
"Putting abilities to work in Massachusetts." Work Without Limits provides valuable resources and information on employment for many audiences, including people with disabilities, family members, employment service providers, and employers. This initiative is a public/private partnership bringing together families, policy researchers, policy makers, service planners, employment service providers, employers, and other stakeholders. "Our mission is to strengthen the Massachusetts workforce and advance work opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities in Massachusetts." Individuals and families will find helpful guides, resources, and interviews with persons in the workforce. Employers will find information and links to providers who can assist them as they assist others. And agencies will find connections to partners and resources.

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