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This resource lists national organizations that provide information on a range of issues related to recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining employees with disabilities. Specific subjects addressed include worksite accommodations, job analysis, small-business opportunities, supported employment, and personal assistance services. The information contained here is intended for individuals with disabilities, their families, the professionals who work with them, and employers.

Some organizations maintain sites for employers to post available positions, allowing individuals to search for jobs online. Others assist young people in their transition from school to work by providing internship and mentoring opportunities. Still others offer information about training, certification, and continuing education in rehabilitation.

In addition to providing organizational addresses and phone numbers, this page lists social media platforms on which each organization is active.

An ebraille file is available for this resource: Employment of People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide (2015) [electronic braille (.brf)]

Contents

General Organizations

The Abilities Fund

19229 Hwy. 5
Centerville, IA 52544

(614) 243-3312
1-844-620-5909 toll-free
www.abilitiesfund.org External

Advances entrepreneurial opportunities for Americans with disabilities by providing training, technical assistance, and advice. Assists entrepreneurs in obtaining the funding needed to launch or grow a small business.

The Access Board

1331 F St. NW
Ste. 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111

(202) 272-0080
1-800-872-2253 toll-free
(202) 272-0082 TTY
1-800-993-2822 TTY
(202) 272-0081 fax
[email protected]
www.access-board.gov External

Principal publication: Access Currents (bimonthly; print, online, and e-mail)

Develops and maintains accessibility requirements for the built environment, telecommunications equipment, electronic and information technology, and transit vehicles. Provides technical assistance and training on these guidelines and enforces accessibility standards for federally funded facilities. Publications accessible in print, online, and in alternate formats.

Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE)

College of Education San Diego State University
6367 Alvarado Ct.
Ste. 350
San Diego, CA 92120

(619) 594-2462
[email protected]
www.interwork.sdsu.edu External
Facebook, LinkedIn

Promotes the integration of individuals, including those with disabilities, into all aspects of school, work, family, and community life. Conducts research, training, and education through various centers such as the Rehabilitation Counselor Program, Center for American Indian Rehabilitation, Center for Pacific Studies, National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute, and the Census Information Center.

Alternative Work Concepts

PO Box 11452
Eugene, OR 97440

(541) 345-3043
(541) 345-9669 fax
[email protected]
www.alternativeworkconcepts.org External

Helps individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities gain employment in their communities. Offers technical assistance to national and international agencies for placing individuals with multiple disabilities into integrated employment. Sells three manuals and a video.

The Arc of the United States

1825 K St. NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006

(202) 534-3700
1-800-433-5255 toll-free
(202) 534-3731 fax
www.thearc.org External
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Advocates for individuals and works with the U.S. government, including Congress, to protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Supports full inclusion and participation of all people with disabilities throughout their communities and throughout their lifetimes. Provides supported employment and job training.

Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE)

416 Hungerford Dr.
Ste. 418
Rockville, MD 20850

(301) 279-0060
(301) 279-0075 fax
[email protected]
www.apse.org External
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

Principal publication: The Advance (quarterly)

Provides advocacy and education for individuals in supported employment, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Promotes national, state, and local policy development that enhances inclusion and empowerment of people with severe disabilities. Offers online publications and links to resources and organizations.

Careers for People with Disabilities

401 Columbus Ave.
Valhalla, NY 10595

(914) 741-JOBS (5627)
www.careersforpeoplewithdisabilities.org External

Helps individuals with learning, intellectual, developmental, psychiatric, and/or physical disabilities find jobs. Provides extensive on-the-job training and ongoing support services.

Center for Workers with Disabilities

American Public Human Services Association
1133 19th St. NW
Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20036

(202) 682-0100
(202) 204-0071 fax
www.aphsa.org/content/CWD/en/home.html External
Facebook, Twitter

Offers technical support and guidance to states designing or expanding multi-agency employment support programs for working people with disabilities.

Disabled American Veterans

3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076

(859) 441-7300
www.dav.org External
Facebook

Principal publication: DAV Magazine (bimonthly; print and online)

Helps veterans with service-connected disabilities regain health, learn new trades or professions, rejoin the civilian world, and secure disability benefits. Works with Congress and federal agencies to ensure that veterans’ preferences are upheld and that veterans receive priority access to employment services.

Disabled Businesspersons Association

Interwork Institute
6367 Alvarado Ct.
Ste. 350
San Diego, CA 92120

(619) 594-8805
(619) 594-4208 fax
www.disabledbusiness.org External
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

Offers free self-employment and rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, and assists professionals in rehabilitation, career, and business counseling nationwide.

Easter Seals

233 South Wacker Dr.
Ste. 2400
Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 726-6200
(312) 726-4258 TTY
1-800-221-6827 toll-free
(312) 726-1494 fax
www.easterseals.com External
Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube

Provides job training and employment services to adults with physical and mental disabilities. Helps individuals learn skills to enter the workforce or to return to work after an illness or injury. Provides a job-search portal at http://easterseals.jobs, which lists postings from more than 800 employers.

Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)

School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University
201 Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901

(607) 255-7727
(607) 255-2891 TTY

(607) 255-2891fax
[email protected]
www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/ External

Advances the participation of people with disabilities in all facets of American life through projects, technical assistance, training, presentations, and program evaluation. Provides online publications.

Enable America, Inc.

PΟ Βοx 3031
Tampa, FL 33601-3031

1-877-362-2533 toll-free
(813) 222-3298 fax
[email protected]
www.enableamerica.org External
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Principal publication: EA News (e-mail)

Works with elected officials, government agencies, and employers to help people with disabilities achieve greater independence through civic involvement, employment, and community participation.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

15810 Indianola Dr.
Rockville, MD 20855

(301) 530-6500
[email protected]
www.goodwill.org External
Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube

Principal publication: Working! (print and online)

Serves people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities through a network of 207 community-based, autonomous member organizations in the United States, Canada, and twenty-three other countries. Provides job training and employment services, job placement opportunities, and post-employment support.

Job Access—Ability Jobs

PO Box 10878
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

[email protected]
www.abilityjobs.com External

Provides a free service for people with disabilities to search for jobs online and to post resumes that companies can browse. Charges a fee to employers for posting their employment opportunities and for advertising online.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

PO Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080

1-800-526-7234 toll-free
1-877-781-9403 TTY
(304) 293-5407 fax
[email protected]
www.askjan.org External and www.askjan.org/espanol/ External
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

Principal publication: JAN E-News (quarterly; online and e-mail)

Facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing information on job accommodation options through case-by-case evaluations and the Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system. Offers technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related legislation.

Mays Mission for the Handicapped, Inc.

604 Colonial Dr.
Heber Springs, AR 72543

(501) 362-7526

(501) 362-7529 fax
[email protected]
www.maysmission.org External

Principal publication: New Hope (4–5 issues/year; online)

Provides employment and on-the-job training in the printing industry to people with disabilities. Areas of interest include graphic arts, letter shop, bindery, data processing, and assembly. Offers college scholarships to individuals with a physical or mental disability and sponsors several summer camps in Arkansas.

Melwood

5606 Dower House Rd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

(301) 599-8000
(301) 599-0180 fax
[email protected]
www.melwood.org External
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Advocates for and empowers individuals of differing abilities to transform their lives through unique opportunities to work and play in the community. Provides employment, job and life-skills training, and recreational opportunities.

National Business and Disability Council (NBDC)

201 I.U. Willets Rd.
Albertson, NY 11507

(516) 465-1400
[email protected]
www.viscardicenter.org External
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Helps businesses create accessible work conditions for their employees and accessible products for consumers. Responds to inquiries about Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, building and product accessibility, reasonable accommodations, and staff training. Offers a free resume database for college graduates with disabilities and job listings from member organizations.

National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD/Adult) Institute for Community Inclusion

University of Massachusetts–Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

1-888-886-9898 toll-free
[email protected]
www.onestops.info External
Facebook, Twitter

Principal publication: NCWD E-Announcements (biweekly; e-mail)

Provides employment, education, and training services for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Works to ensure meaningful access to employment and training programs and services through public systems as well as private organizations and employers.

National Council on Disability

1331 F St. NW
Ste. 850
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 272-2004
(202) 272-2074 TTY
(202) 272-2022 fax
[email protected]
www.ncd.gov
Facebook, Twitter

Promotes policies, programs, practices, and procedures that enforce equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Facilitates economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and community integration. Provides free publications that can be downloaded from the Internet or obtained in print.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)

77 Water St.
Ste. 204
New York, NY 10005

(646) 505-1191 ext. 122

(646) 505-1184 fax
[email protected]
www.nod.org External
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Principal publication: N.O.D. Newsletter (bimonthly; e-mail)

Offers online resources and articles to help individuals with disabilities obtain competitive, productive, and paid employment. Encourages corporate leaders and their companies to employ people with disabilities through the CEO (Chief Executive Officers) Council. Works with schools, community service providers, and local employers to coordinate paid internships for high school students with disabilities through the Start on Success Program.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

8400 Corporate Dr.
Ste. 500
Landover, MD 20785

1-800-346-2742 toll-free
(301) 459-5984 TTY
(301) 459-4263 fax
[email protected]
www.naric.com
Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter

Assembles, maintains, and provides access to disability-related research; furnishes fact-retrieval services; and develops print and electronic resources.

Source America (formerly National Industries for the Severely Handicapped [NISH])

8401 Old Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182

(571) 226-4660
(703) 849-8916 fax
www.sourceamerica.org
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

Primary publication: Workplace;accessible online and in print

Provides job opportunities for highly qualified people with significant disabilities. Provides training and helps identify employment options for individuals.

United States Department of Health and Human Services

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (formerly National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research [NIDRR])
One Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 619-0724
(202) 357-3555 fax
[email protected]
www.acl.gov/programs/youth-transitions/employment
Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube

Conducts research, training, and development activities to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through programs designed to maximize the inclusion, social integration, employment, and independent living of individuals with disabilities of all ages.

United States Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202-7100

(202) 245-7700
(202) 245-7838 fax
[email protected]
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html
Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

Primary Publication: OCTAE Connection Newsletter

Administers and coordinates programs related to adult education and literacy, career and technical training, and community colleges. Has online reports and links to career, technical, and adult education by state.

United States Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration

400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202-7100

(202) 245-7488
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/index.html
Facebook

Administers grant programs and service projects that help individuals with disabilities obtain employment and support, such as job training and medical and psychological services. Provides funds to state vocational rehabilitation agencies for employment-related services. Principal federal agency authorized by Congress to carry out titles of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the entirety of the Randolph-Sheppard Act, as amended; and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults Act.

United States Department of Justice

Disability Rights Section
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20530

1-800-514-0301 toll-free
1-800-514-0383 TTY
(202) 307-1197 fax
www.justice.gov/crt/about/drs/
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Principal publication: Disability Rights Online News (monthly; online at
www.ada.gov/disabilitynews.htm)

Provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Certifies building codes that meet or exceed the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Offers ADA publications online in English and Spanish.

United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Postal Square Building
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001

(202) 691-5200
1-800-877-8339 TDD
[email protected]
www.bls.gov

Collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates statistical data, including data on worker fatalities, illnesses, and injuries on the job. Publishes the Monthly Labor Review (www.bls.gov/mlr/), a journal providing the latest research on the labor market and economy.

United States Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20210

1-866-633-7365 toll-free
1-866-889-5627 TTY
(202) 693-7888 fax
[email protected]
www.dol.gov/odep/
Facebook, Twitter

Seeks to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by expanding access to training, assistive technology, entrepreneurial development, integrated employment, and small-business opportunities. Provides links to a variety of disability employment-related research and technical assistance resources. Builds partnerships with employers and state and local agencies to increase awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service
810 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20420

(202) 303-3260
1-800-827-1000 toll-free
(202) 254-0238 fax
www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. Works with employers to recruit, interview, and hire veterans with disabilities. Provides rehabilitation services to dependents of veterans who meet program eligibility requirements.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

131 M St. NE
Washington, DC 20507

(202) 663-4900
(202) 663-4494 TTY
[email protected]
www.eeoc.gov
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Seeks to eradicate discrimination in the workplace as the civil rights employment-law agency. Provides statistics and online information about laws and regulations, filing a charge of discrimination, and youth in the workforce (youth.eeoc.gov). Offers online fact sheets on discrimination and disability, some of which are available in foreign languages, through the Publications section of its website.

United States Office of Personnel Management

Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
1900 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20415-1000

(202) 606-1800
(202) 606-2532 TTY
www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/
Facebook, Twitter

Recruits citizens to the federal service and serves as the main portal for federal employment information. Provides information about reasonable accommodations and the laws and executive orders that apply to applicants and employees who have disabilities.

United States Small Business Administration (SBA)

409 Third St. SW
Washington, DC 20416

1-800-827-5722 toll-free
www.sba.gov and www.sba.gov/espanol/ (in Spanish)
Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube

Offers programs and services, such as technical, financial, and contracting assistance, to help small businesses succeed. Provides English- and Spanish-language information and instructions, including forms and applications, on starting and maintaining small businesses. Maintains an Office of Native American Affairs, Office of Veterans Business Development, and Office of Women’s Business Ownership.

United States Social Security Administration

1100 West High Rise
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

1-800-772-1213 toll-free
1-800-325-0778 TTY
www.ssa.gov or www.ssa.gov/espanol/ (in Spanish)
Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube

Provides publications and information on disability benefits. Offers services at the local level through ten regional offices, six processing centers, and approximately 1,300 field offices (www.ssa.gov/otherssasites/).

United States Social Security Administration
Ticket to Work

400 Virginia Ave. SW
Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20024

1-866-968-7842 toll-free
1-866-833-2967 TTY
[email protected]
www.ssa.gov/work/
Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube

Helps Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, without losing access to Medicare or Medicaid.

VCU Worksupport (formerly the Employment Support Institute)

Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU-RRTC
1314 W. Main St.
PO Box 842011
Richmond, VA 23284-2011

(804) 828-1851
(804) 828-2494 TTY

(804) 828-2193 fax
[email protected]
www.worksupport.com External

Principal publication: E-newsletter

Assists in bridging the gap between employers looking for qualified and reliable employees and job applicants with disabilities. Focuses on understanding and meeting the needs of both job-seekers and employers.

World Institute on Disability (W.I.D.)

3075 Adeline St.
Ste. 155
Berkeley, CA 94703

(510) 225-6400
(510) 225-0478 TTY
(510) 225-0477 fax
[email protected] [email protected]
www.wid.org External
Facebook

Helps eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security, and health care for persons with disabilities. Creates innovative programs and tools; conducts research, training, public education, and advocacy campaigns; and provides technical assistance.

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Organizations Serving People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

2200 Wilson Blvd.
Ste. 650
Arlington, VA 22201-3354

(202) 467-5081
1-800-424-8666 toll-free
(703) 465-5085 fax
www.acb.org External
Facebook, Twitter

Principal publication: Braille Forum (10 issues/year; braille, audiocassette, CD-ROM, large print, podcast, and e-mail)

Lists nationwide job announcements in the online ACB Job Bank at http://acb.org/jobs. Presents online eSight Disability Employment Resource of the Day, which offers articles on employment issues. Has special-interest affiliates, including ACB Government Employees, Blind Information Technology Specialists, and Independent Visually-Impaired Enterprisers. Publishes Journeys to Prosperity: Guidance for Prospective Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in braille, large print, and audiocassette.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

2 Penn Plz.
Ste. 1102
New York, NY 10121

1-800-232-5463 toll-free
(212) 502-7600 fax
www.afb.org External
Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter

Principal publications: AccessWorld (bimonthly; online) and Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (monthly)

Maintains a database of career information searchable by job titles, occupational categories, or interest areas at www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/
for-job-seekers/12. In partnership with the Canadian Institute for the Blind, offers MentorMatch, www.afb.org/careerconnect/connect.aspx, an online service that pairs people searching for a career with a mentor who is blind or visually impaired and working in the desired field of employment.

Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF)

PO Box 65900
Washington, DC 20035-5900

(202) 257-5446
(301) 622-3330 fax
[email protected]
www.bavf.org External
Facebook, Twitter

Offers employment networking and rehabilitation counseling for veterans who are blind. Supports medical research on sensory disabilities.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

125 N. West St.
3rd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314

(202) 371-8880
(202) 371-8258 fax
[email protected]
www.bva.org External
Facebook, Twitter

Principal publication: BVA Bulletin (bimonthly; print, audiocassette, and online)

Serves veterans who became blind or visually impaired during or after their military service. Assists veterans in obtaining benefits, rehabilitation training, and employment. Offers scholarships to spouses and dependent children.

Hadley School for the Blind

700 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093-2554

(847) 446-8111
1-800-323-4238 toll-free
(847) 446-9820
[email protected]
www.hadley.edu External
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

Offers more than ninety distance-education courses, including business law, small business management, and principles of job acquisition, to individuals fourteen years of age and older who are blind or visually impaired, as well as to their family members.

Lions Center for the Blind

2115 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 450-1580
(510) 654-3603 fax
www.lbcenter.org External
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Provides one-on-one instruction in braille for all levels, from basic literacy to advanced codes for math and science. Supports blind job seekers in developing skills and career direction to achieve meaningful employment.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

200 E. Wells St. at Jernigan Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 659-9314, ext. 2357
(410) 659-5129 fax
[email protected]
www.nfb.org External

Principal publications: Braille Monitor (11 issues/year), Future Reflections (quarterly)

Maintains America’s Job-line for individuals who are blind to access America’s Job Bank (www.ajb.org) with a touch-tone telephone. Provides this free service in twenty-five states, twenty-four hours a day. Offers employment seminars and networking opportunities through subsidiaries such as the National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs, the National Association of Blind Merchants, and the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division.

National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

1310 Braddock Pl.
Alexandria, VA. 22314-1691

(703) 310-0500
www.nib.org External
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

Operates under the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act, a mandatory federal purchasing program that provides employment for people who are blind or visually impaired.

World Services for the Blind (also known as Lions World Services for the Blind)

2811 Fair Park Blvd.
Little Rock, AR 72204

(501) 664-7100
1-800-248-0734 toll-free
(501) 664-2743 fax
[email protected]
www.wsblind.org External
Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube

Principal publication: New Life (quarterly; online)

Offers a personal adjustment program, vocational evaluation and training, job placement assistance, assistive technology learning center, college preparatory program, and low-vision clinic.

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Self-Development and Career Services for People with Disabilities

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Project on Science, Technology, and Disability

Entry Point!
1200 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005-3920

(202) 326-6649
(202) 371-9849 fax
[email protected]
http://ehrweb01.aaas.org/entrypoint/ External
Facebook, Google+, Twitter

Offers paid summer internship opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

1629 K St. NW
Ste. 503
Washington, DC 20006

(202) 457-0046
1-800-840-8844 TTY
(202) 457-0473 fax
www.aapd.com External
Facebook, Twitter

Principal publication: AAPD News (quarterly)

Administers an academic internship program through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars as well as summer congressional and information technology internships for college students with disabilities. Manages an annual Disability Mentoring Day to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities though job shadowing and hands-on career exploration.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

1410 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

1-800-826-9972 toll-free
(703) 683-7424 fax
[email protected]
www.acteonline.org External
Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube

Principal publication: Techniques (8 issues/year)

Advances education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Maintains an online Career Center where students and parents can explore careers and search the job bank. Provides an online Resource Center that includes member-submitted lesson plans and electronic discussion boards. Sponsors the annual observance of Career and Technical Education Week.

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

1703 N. Beauregard St.
Ste. 440
Alexandria, VA 22311

(703) 671-4500
[email protected]
www.aerbvi.org External

Principal publications: AER Report (quarterly), RE:view (quarterly)

Supports professionals who work in education and rehabilitation of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Provides access to continuing education opportunities and job openings in the field. Shares information about certification and an online listing of universities that offer courses and degree programs in education and rehabilitation. Sells publications.

Bridges from School to Work

10400 Fernwood Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817

(301) 380-7771

(301) 380-6600 TTY
(301) 380-8973 fax
www.bridgestowork.org External
Facebook, Flickr, YouTube

Helps local employers and adolescents with disabilities who are exiting special education to develop mutually beneficial job placements. Provides job training and work experience to enhance employment potential. Operates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)

DO-IT
University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842

(206) 685-3648
1-888-972-3648 toll-free
(206) 221-4171 fax
www.washington.edu/doit/ External
Twitter

Principal publication: DO-IT News (3–4 issues/year; print and online)

Offers career-preparation and mentoring resources for students, parents, educators, and employers. Promotes computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. Distributes publications, videotapes, and training materials.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis MN 55455

(612) 624-2097
(612) 624-9344 fax
[email protected]
www.ncset.org External

Principal publication: E-News (bimonthly; e-mail)

Provides technical assistance and disseminates information for adolescents with disabilities and their families that focuses on making a successful transition from the secondary education curriculum to meaningful employment and independent living. Fosters development of partnerships at the national, state, and local levels.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

95 Berkeley St.
Ste. 109
Boston, MA 02116

(617) 556-4075
(617) 314-2989
(617) 556-4074 fax
[email protected]
www.pyd.org External
Facebook, Twitter

Provides one-to-one and group mentoring programs in which adult mentors with disabilities act as role models and provide support to improve the lives of young people in areas such as self-esteem, education, and career development.

United States Department of Labor Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities

200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20210

1-866-633-7365 toll-free
[email protected]
www.dol.gov/odep/wrp/

Maintains a free nationwide database of prescreened, qualified postsecondary students and recent college graduates with disabilities who are available for permanent and temporary positions. Employers can search the database by state or job category and obtain specific information on candidates’ qualifications.

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Selected Organizations

Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR)

1425 K St. NW
Ste. 350
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 587-2741
www.csavr.org/canar External

Principal publication: CANAR Newsletter (2–4 issues/year; online)

Provides a forum for administrators of rehabilitation projects, which are listed online, to increase and enhance the quality of services for Native Americans with disabilities.

International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP)

1926 Waukegan Rd.
Ste. 1
Glenview, IL 60025-1770

1-888-427-7722 toll-free
(847) 657-6964
(847) 657-6963 fax
www.rehabpro.org External

Principal publication: RehabPro (quarterly)

Promotes interdisciplinary rehabilitation, disability management, and return-to-work services for people who are disabled or economically disadvantaged. Provides continuing education for service providers and supports innovation in business development and management.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Three Terrace Way
Ste. D
Greensboro, NC 27403-3660

(336) 547-0607
(336) 547-0017 fax
[email protected]
www.nbcc.org External

Principal publication: National Certified Counselor Newsletter (3 issues/year; online)

Monitors the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification. Maintains Counselor Find, a searchable online directory of professional counselors.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

c/o Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Ave. NW
Ste. 100
Washington, DC 20008-2304

1-877-871-0744 toll-free
1-877-871-0665 TTY
www.ncwd-youth.info External
Facebook, Twitter

Helps state and local workforce development systems better serve youth with disabilities. Offers support to organizations that deliver workforce development services. Improves the knowledge and skills of individuals who provide direct services to youth.

National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE)

1099 E. Champlain Dr.
Ste. A
PMB #137
Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 906-0787
(559) 412-2550 fax
[email protected]
www.ncre.org External

Principal publications: NCRE Forum (2–­­3 issues/year; online), Rehabilitation Education (quarterly)

Advocates for improvement of rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities through research and education of rehabilitation professionals.

National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)

PO Box 150235
Alexandria, VA 22315

1-888-258-4295 toll-free
(703) 836-0850
(703) 836-0849 TTY
(703) 836-0848 fax
[email protected]
www.nationalrehab.org External
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

Principal publications: Contemporary Rehab (bimonthly), Rehabilitation Journal (quarterly)

Advocates for professionals in the field of rehabilitation and promotes opportunities for career advancement. Divisions include the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns and the National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement and Development.

Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals (VECAP)

9361 Barnescrest Dr.
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

(804) 241-7936
[email protected]
www.vecap.org External
Facebook

Principal publication: VECAP Newsletter

Represents professionals who provide vocational evaluation, career assessment, and career decision-making. Maintains a job bank for its members.

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Selected Bibliography, 2010–2015

American Foundation for the Blind. (2015). Orientation and mobility skills and outcome expectations as predictors of employment for young adults with visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 109 (2), 95–106.

Balcazar, F.E., et al. (2014). An empowerment model of entrepreneurship for people with disabilities in the United States. Psychosocial Intervention, 23 (2), 145–150.

Bissonnette, B. (2014). Helping adults with Asperger’s Syndrome get & stay hired: Career coaching strategies for professionals and parents of adults on the autism spectrum.London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Bruyère, S. & Barrington, L. (2012). Employment and work.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Erickson, W.A., et al. (2014). The employment environment: Employer perspectives, policies, and practices regarding the employment of persons with disabilities. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin,57 (4), 195–208.

Hall, E. & McGarrol, S. (2012). Bridging the gap between employment and social care for people with learning disabilities: Local area co-ordination and in-between spaces of social inclusion. Geoforum, 43 (6), 1276–1286.

Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K., & Hunt, S.L. (2013). Employment as a health determinant for working-age, dually-eligible people with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 6 (2), 100–106.

Heidkamp, M., Mabe, W., & DeGraaf, B. (2012). The public workforce system: Serving older job seekers and the disability implications of an aging workforce.Retrieved from www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/NTAR_Public_Workforce_System_Report_Final.pdf External [PDF: 347.96 KB / 52 p.]

Kaye, H.S. (2010). Barriers to employment for people with disabilities: Bad advice, poor health, and ineffective public policy. Disability and Health Journal, 3 (2).

Krysta, K., Krysta, J., & Klasik, A. (2014). Social rehabilitation and employment of people with intellectual disabilities. European Psychiatry, 29 (1).

Lancioni, G.E., et al. (2014). People with multiple disabilities learn to engage in occupation and work activities with the support of technology-aided programs. Research in Developmental Disabilities,35 (6), 1264–1271.

Lukyanova, V. (2013). Employment outcomes for people with disabilities across age and disability groups. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94 (10), e1.

Mara, D. (2014). Higher education for people with disabilities: Romanian education experience. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences,142, 78–82.

Nadel, B. (2015). 14 tech tools that enhance computing for the disabled. ComputerWorld. Retrieved from www.computerworld.com/article/2522955/computer-hardware/14-tech-tools-that-enhance-computing-for-the-disabled.html External.

Nord, D. (2012). People with disabilities in America’s workforce: Time for fresh thinking. Impact, 25 (1), 26–27.

Ryan, D.J. (2011). Job search handbook for people with disabilities. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Publishing.

Storey, K. & Hunter, D. (2014). The road ahead: Transition to adult life for persons with disabilities. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

Strauser, D. (2013). Career development, employment, and disability in rehabilitation: From theory to practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

United States Department of Labor. (n.d.). Disability employment statistics. Retrieved from www.dol.gov/odep/topics/DisabilityEmploymentStatistics.htm.

United States Department of Labor. (n.d.). Employment rights: Who has them and who enforces them. Retrieved from www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/rights.htm.

United States Department of Labor. (n.d.). Encouraging future innovation: Youth entrepreneurship education. Retrieved from www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/entrepreneurship.htm.

United States Department of Labor. (n.d.). Increasing options: The Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program. Retrieved from www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/options.htm.

United States Department of Labor (2010). Making the move to managing your own personal assistance services. Retrieved from www.promotions.usa.gov/odep/Making_the_Move.pdf External [PDF: 793.65 KB / 69 p.].

United States Department of Labor. (n.d.) The workforce system. Retrieved from www.dol.gov/odep/topics/WorkforceSystem.htm.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (2015). The ADA: Your employment rights as an individual with a disability. Retrieved from www.eeoc.gov/facts/ada18.html.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (n.d.). Questions and answers about epilepsy in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Retrieved from www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/epilepsy.cfm.

United States Social Security Administration. (2015). Redbook: A summary guide to employment supports for persons with disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. Retrieved from www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook/documents/TheRedBook2015.pdf External [PDF: 424.94 KB / 16 p.]

United States Social Security Administration. (n.d.) Your Ticket to Work. Retrieved from www.ssa.gov/pubs/10061.html [PDF: 457.91 KB / 62 p.].

University of Washington. (2012). Access to the future: Preparing college students with disabilities for careers. Retrieved from www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Careers/future.html External.

University of Washington. (2012). Finding gold: Hiring the best and the brightest. Retrieved from www.washington.edu/doit/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Finding-Gold-Hiring-Best-Brightest.pdf External. [PDF: 596.29 KB / 4 p.]

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Selected Internet Resources

Bookshare.org

www.bookshare.org External

Provides digital books, including the Employment and Career Development Collection from Lighthouse International, to U.S. citizens who have visual or other print disabilities that prevent reading regular print. Offers individual and school subscriptions.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)

www.cosdonline.org External

Assists higher education professionals teaching students with disabilities and encourages employers to consider those same students once they have graduated.

Career Voyages

www.careers.org/jobs/i/search/career-smart External

Provides links for students, parents, career changers, and career advisors to explore career options.

CareerOneStop

www.careeronestop.org External

Provides occupational requirements and trends, labor-market conditions, nationwide employer contacts, and a career-resource library. Offers job seekers a place to post a resume or search for job openings and employers a place to post job listings.

Disabled World

www.disabled-world.com/disability/statistics/ External

Shares information and statistics on disability-related workplace issues and laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

DiversityJobs

http://diversityjobs.com External

Maintains partnerships with many top job boards. Maintains alliances with a number of diversity organizations that offer education, leadership, and networking opportunities for diverse professionals.

Disabled Person

www.disabledperson.com External

Provides a job board for people with disabilities. Works closely with disability organizations and state vocational rehabilitation departments across the United States.

eSight Careers Network

www.esight.org/index.cfm External

Provides information on disability employment issues and lists job postings.

Getting Hired

www.gettinghired.com External
Provides job seekers with disabilities resources to improve their chances of finding and securing new positions.

Provides links to services and materials for youth with special healthcare needs.

Job Accommodation Network Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

http://askjan.org/cgi-win/TypeQuery.exe?902 External

Lists vocational rehabilitation offices in alphabetical order by state.

O*NET On-Line

http://online.onetcenter.org External

Provides occupational information that can be searched by occupation or by skills. Replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

Riley Guide

www.rileyguide.com External

Provides information on employment opportunities, including resources specifically for individuals with disabilities.

Ticket to Work

www.yourtickettowork.com External

Provides information about the Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency program, including news, resources, and employment networks.

Supports the development and expansion of Business Leadership Networks across the country to promote best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities.

United States Census Bureau Disability Employment Tabulation

www.census.gov/topics/employment/disability-employment-tabulation.html

Reports and data from census surveys such as the Survey of Income and Program Participation and research papers such as Employment, Earnings, and Disability.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs VetBiz

www.vetbiz.gov

Provides entrepreneurs who are veterans information on starting a business, funding, marketing, and mentoring.

Vocational Information Center

www.khake.com/page50.html

Provides general information about vocational education, career and technical education, and workforce preparation.

Worksupport.com

www.worksupport.com External

Provides information about work and disability issues.

Revised by
Petra Augustus Reference Section
2015