Two resources, both from the IRS website, highlighting deductions, exemptions and other important tax information for people with disabilities.
There are many sites on the Internet dedicated to helping people find gainful employment. Surprising there are also many sites which specialize in finding work for elderly people or people with disabilities. Here are just a few of the sites which can help set you onto your ideal career path
USAJobs.gov is a job search engine provided by the Federal government to help people with disabilities, senior citizens, veterans, and recently graduated college students to find a job. Most of these positions are with the federal government.
Portland State’s Job Search Resources for People with Disabilities compiles a list of over 20 different job search engines for people with disabilities. A great place to start looking for a job.
The Oregon Employment Initiative is an online resource dedicated to helping aging citizens and people with disabilities to find jobs in the state of Oregon. You can apply for jobs with the state, or post your resume online through several available job-seeker websites. Click here to access the Oregon Employment Initiative website and begin your search for better employment.
“…I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2013 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I urge all Americans to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people….” Click Here to read the full article.
“In July 2012, I released a report titled “Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority.” In it, I described the ongoing crisis of persistently low labor force participation rates of people with disabilities, and outlined what I see as some historic opportunities to improve this situation. My greatest source of optimism about growing the disability labor force comes from the generation of people with disabilities who have come of age after the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). These youth and young adults, or the “ADA Generation” as I call them, have attained unprecedented education levels in inclusive settings and have an expectation to be included as valued members of the American workforce. As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee), I am concerned that America is failing to fully leverage the talents of this generation and the investment we have made in these young people. Let’s not waste this historic opportunity to welcome these talented and motivated youth and young adults into the competitive labor force.” Sen. Tom Harkin, to read the entire article Click Here
“People with disabilities need good jobs too. The Department of Labor has several agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.” – From the website. Click Here or visit the website at www.dol.gov
The National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) is contracted with the federal government to provide work from home opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities. Most jobs are customer service related positions, but there are other opportunities as well. NTI also has a database of jobs specifically for people who are disabled and receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and has it’s own employment agency called Staffing Connection, which helps to place disabled people into onsite jobs. This is an excellent resource for anyone recieving disability benefits. Click Here or go to www.nticentral.org to learn more.
We Connect Now is a great resource for disabled people to find employment with the government, and other public institutions such as colleges or local/state agencies. Instead of providing individual job listings, this site connect you to dozens of job banks and search engines designed specifically for people with disabilities. Click Here to visit the page or go to www.weconnectnow.wordpress.com/job to begin searching for a rewarding career!
The Iowa University Law, Health Policy & Disability Center contains copies of the specific laws and policies surrounding employment, civil rights, taxes, Medicaid, and Vocational Rehabilitation for people with disabilities.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities Has put together a great webpage which provides information and food for thought for parents of children with disabilities who are about to transition out of school and into the working world. From the website – “Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.” This page contains definitions of transition services provided by the government, how parents can specifically request transition services, and additional resources surrounded the transition process. To visit this page Click Here
“Nothing stops Jerry Robinson. Nothing. After graduating as salutatorian in college and landing a job with a global financial company, Robinson continues to do what he knows best—shatter barriers. The budding scholar, born with cerebral palsy, is now pursuing a doctoral degree at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and conducting research with the BBI team. It’s an incredible feat for someone who nearly died at birth. ‘My parents were told I wouldn’t live long, but here I am,’ says Robinson, 30, who suffered brain damage after the umbilical cord became wrapped around his head…” – From the website. To read the entire article Click Here
National Business & Disability Council website is a comprehensive resource for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. This site contains articles on recent trends in the job market relating to disability, training resources for employers and employees alike, updates on assistive technology to be used in the work place, and an enhanced job search engine that can help you to pinpoint a job that is right for you. Click Here to visit the NBDC website or go to www.viscardicenter.org
“The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. We offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement. Hiring people with disabilities into Federal jobs is fast and easy. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process.” – From the website, for more information click here or visit www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/
Self-Employment Resource Network (SERN) is a (501c3) not-for-profit education corporation established for the purpose and promotion of the development and expansion of self-employment for persons with disabilities. Our mission is to locate relevant self-employment resources, translate those resources into user-friendly terms, facilitate networking opportunities, and to identify best practices and most effective procedures for persons with disabilities interested in becoming self-employed or maintaining a productive small business.
APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 as the Association for Persons in Supported Employment, now known as APSE.
Oregon APSE Chapter
Paula Johnson, LLC
10 Monticello Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
The Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities through our projects, training, technical assistance, research, and publications.
Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) offers information on the transition topics such as transition, ADA Rights, Social Security work programs, self determination, and more to help families of students and young adults with disabilities learn about key transition strategies promoting the career development, self-determination, and postsecondary success of their youth.
Short FAQ for employers on employing people with disabilities.
A Collection of Resources and organizations supporting people with disabilities in reaching their employment goals.
|Oregon Employment First Initiative. We Believe…Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and tenacious in providing support. Not working should be the exception. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. People will be hired because of their ability not because they have a disability. Communities embrace people who contribute. Everyone has something to contribute and needs to contribute. People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. True employment is not a social service. Employment is a win/win for everybody. Employment First Policy.|
|Oregon Department of Human Services – Employment Services is a state and federally funded program that works in partnership with the community and with business to develop employment opportunities for people who have disabilities. Vocational Rehabilitation programs are custom-designed for each individual. Visit the site for details on all the employment programs and services.|
Learn about programs to assist people with disabilities in becoming employed in Oregon and possibilities for working while receiving Medicaid.
Has a goal to increase employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities nationwide, in both rural and urban areas.
An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a savings account for a special purpose. The money you deposit in this account will be matched by private donations. Each dollar you save will be matched by other dollars. Save for your home, to go back to school, starting a business, purchasing equipment to support your job, or starting a small business.
Incight empowers people with disabilities to become contributing members of society. We accomplish this through several dynamic programs focused in the areas of: Education, Employment, Networking and Independence.
Oregon Employment First Initiative. We Believe…Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and tenacious in providing support. Not working should be the exception. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. People will be hired because of their ability not because they have a disability. Communities embrace people who contribute. Everyone has something to contribute and needs to contribute. People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. True employment is not a social service. Employment is a win/win for everybody. Employment First Policy.
Emerging Leaders is a highly competitive program that places college students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Emerging Leaders partners with businesses to help them find outstanding talent while also considering diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices.
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a collaborative effort between the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
DEI cooperative agreements are awarded to state Workforce Investment Act (WIA) administering entities to:
- Improve coordination and collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs carried out at a state and local level, including the Ticket to Work program.
- Build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.
ETA and SSA are jointly funding the Disability Program Navigator Initiative (DPN) Initiative in 42 states including Oregon, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands where SSA implemented employment support initiatives. This Initiative promotes comprehensive services and work incentive information for SSA beneficiaries and other people with disabilities, through the One Stop system. The Initiative focuses on developing new and ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce development system’s capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.
Workforce3 One Disability and Employment Community of Practice is an e-learning, knowledge sharing webspace that offers workforce professionals, employers, economic development, and education professionals a dynamic network featuring innovative workforce solutions.Navigating the services and resources available for assisting people with disabilities to obtain quality employment is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. America cannot successfully compete in a global economy without fully engaging the 33 million working-age people with disabilities in our workforce. As we meet our goal of “Good Jobs for Everyone,” the public workforce investment system needs to expand its capacity to provide integrated, seamless, and accessible services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment. To achieve this goal and building upon lessons learned from the Employment and Training Administration’s Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative, the workforce system is collaborating with a wide range of partners to help people with disabilities obtain meaningful and effective employment opportunities. DOL’s Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) will build on the promising practices of the DPNs, as well as other successful strategies and model programs of service delivery in the workforce system to improve employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities.
Job developers can influence decision-making during the job search and placement process. For a study exploring the employment decisions of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), researchers interviewed 16 individuals with IDD, their family members, and professionals involved in their job search. Participants were asked what factors, circumstances, or people affected their decisions about work. The job developer was consistently named the most influential person in the job-search process.
The job developer affects not only the actual job outcome, but also the individual’s job choices. The influence of the job developer also impacts the involvement of family and other supports in the job-placement process. This brief illustrates ways in which the job developer influences the placement process, and offers strategies for maximizing self-determination and family involvement.
CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine, established in 1986, is the nation’s first and only career-guidance and recruitment magazine for people with disabilities who are at undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels. Each issue features a special Braille section.CAREERS & the disABLED has won many awards, including several media “Award of Excellence” acknowledgments from the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is an agency within the U. S. Department of Labor. ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment.
With the ultimate goal of increasing the number of people with disabilities who work, either as employees or entrepreneurs, ODEP provides policy analysis, technical assistance, development of innovative practices and strategies, and education and outreach to employers, employees, and the disability community. Related to these efforts, ODEP also conducts a variety of employment-related programs and initiatives. ODEP Tips on How Parents Can Put Their Children with Disabilities on the Path to Future Employment.
ODEP has awarded several grants to develop innovative programs and provide technical assistance to improve employment outcomes for adults and youth with disabilities.
Federal Jobs Network: Disabled Hiring explains the various hiring options for people with disabilities. Individuals seeking appointments with the federal government must be proactive and begin networking with local agencies, contacting listed resources, and aggressively seeking out all available federal employment opportunities. Visitors will find information on posting their resume, student employment programs, hiring options available to them as people with disabilities, and more within this website.
Career Development for Exceptional Individuals (CDE) specializes in the fields of secondary education, transition, and career development for persons with documented disabilities and special needs. CDE focuses on the life roles of individuals as students, workers, consumers, family members, and citizens. Articles cover qualitative and quantitative research, scholarly reviews, and program descriptions and evaluations.
ABILITYJobs is the Leading Website dedicated to employment of people with disabilities. ABILITYJobs is the largest resume bank with tens of thousands job seekers with disabilities, from entry level candidates to PhD’s – if your company is looking for talent you’ve come to the right place. The goal of ABILITYJobs and JobAccess is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. By posting job opportunities, or searching resumes, employers can find qualified persons with disabilities as well as demonstrate their affirmative action and open door policies.
AbilityLinks is a web-based community where job seekers with disabilities, inclusive employers and service providers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities.
Artist Brandon Tipler finds success at Medford studio (http://www.dhs.state.or.us/dd/supp_emp/stories/written_story/brandon.pdf)