The new “Who I Am” PSA features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles — which includes working in jobs they love. What can YOU do?
Teach For America Program places recent college graduates into teaching positions.
List of resources from the State of Oregon regarding employment for people with developmental disabilities.
New laws coming into effect that will push businesses to employ more people with disabilities.
The Arc of Lane County is searching for respite care providers for children who experience developmental disabilities.
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/