2017 Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities - The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), of the U.S. Department of Education (Department), 2017 publication, A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.
Accommodating the Workplace - The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation recently released three videos that employers can use to educate about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The first provides an overview of the ADA and disability etiquette and may be beneficial to use as part of new employee orientation. The second addresses pre-employment matters, such as application and interview processes, and the third focuses on considerations once someone is on the job, including accommodations and advancement; both of these may be beneficial for use with supervisors and hiring managers. Access the videos.
American Job Centers - PACER’s new publication, What is an American Job Center, helps families of youth with disabilities learn more about employment services they may be able to access through their local American Job Center (AJC), also known as One-Stop Centers. AJCs help people develop skills, look for work, keep jobs, and build careers. When the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed in 2014, it placed an increased emphasis on employment programs for youth with disabilities.
CareerOneStop.org - is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources.
Division on Career Development and Transition - The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.
Employees’ Practical Guide to Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act - from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a summary of some of the most frequent issues that employees have regarding accommodations and the ADA and practical ideas for resolving them. This guide is continually updated, and individuals are also welcome to contact JAN directly if they have questions that are not addressed in the Guide or need further information by calling JAN at (800) 526-7234.
Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) - resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the Employer T/A Center, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center.
Got Transition – Transition Quick Guide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing your Own Health and Career Goals - Because the ability to manage one’s health and wellness is critical to going to school, learning, and transitioning into employment, planning your health and career goals goes hand in hand. The first step to making your career dream a reality is taking care of your health. This checklist provides information and resources about health insurance coverage, self-care, health care transition, decision-making, and career planning and management.
Job Accommodations Network - JAN is one of several services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and represents the most comprehensive job accommodation resource available for both the employee and the employer. JAN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services - Michigan is home to approximately 1.3 million individuals with disabilities. Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) works with eligible customers and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. We work in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain competitive employment, including exploring the possibilities of self-employment or owning a small business. Employment services to individuals with disabilities are provided in all 83 Michigan counties.
My Life Without Limits -United Cerebral Palsy This site offers a wide varied of news and resources as well as a forum for connecting people with a range of disabilities to ask questions and share information.
Navigating the Road to Work – The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability is a resource for information about employment and youth with disabilities.
nTIDE Jobs Report - As a result of the regulations of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the efforts of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID), workers with disabilities are transitioning to new opportunities for better paying jobs. A number of initiatives are successfully facilitating the transitions, which has attracted the interest of private philanthropic organizations.
Quick Guide: Preparing Students for Competitive Integrated Employment - Competitive Integrated Employment, real work for real pay in a job that aligns the post-school employment goals of the student, is the gold standard of transition outcomes for students with disabilities. This is a desired transition outcome for all youth who choose to work, regardless of disability or needed accommodations or support. Competitive integrated employment is a realistic and desirable expectation for all youth.
What Can You Do? Campaign for Disability Employment - The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that seek 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 as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.
WINTAC (Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center) - The Formal Interagency Agreement Toolkit is meant to assist state and local agencies coordinate the Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and transition services under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by WIOA and the Individuals with Education Act (IDEA). These six documents were developed jointly by WINTAC and NTACT as a resource for state Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies in the development of state and local interagency agreements.
Federal Resources & Information – Education, pre-Employment, Employment for Students and Young Adults with Disabilities
- A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
- Auxiliary Aids and Services for Students with Disabilities In the Provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services
- What to Know About Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students and Youth with Disabilities
- What to Know About Transition Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities
- The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A federal Interagency Strategy
- RSA Webinar on New FY 2015 GAN Attachment for Pre-Employment Transition Services, Supported Employment, and Maintenance of Effort
- LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Advising & Development) Center Focuses on the Connection between the ABLE Act and Employment
Workforce Recruitment Program - recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center - The WINTAC is a national center funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to provide technical assistance (TA) to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and related rehabilitation professionals to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of WIOA.
Executive Function Skills at Work: How Technology Can Help - This short Transition Tech Talk from the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) and PACER Center offers helpful tips and technology to support executive function skills at work. The video discusses skills essential to workplace success including: arriving on time, completing tasks as directed, staying focused, and having an organized work space. This video is an introduction to the information presented in the two companion articles titled Executive Function Skills at Work: How Technology Can Help (pdf) and Getting Started: Executive Function Skills at Work (pdf).
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) – Assistive Technology Solutions for Employees with Speech Impairments - There are devices for phone and face-to-face communication that are designed for individuals who do not speak at all or who find speaking very challenging called AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication). AAC devices, also called speech-generating devices, are an example of a type of technology that can be used by individuals who have difficulty speaking. JAN has general information about AAC devices as well as information about AAC with telephone access.
Mobile Accommodation Solution App Released - The new Mobile Accommodation Solution app, developed by West Virginia University’s Center for Disability Inclusion in partnership with the Job Accommodation Network and IBM; and funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, is available through the online Apple App and Google Play Stores. The MAS app helps employers and others manage workplace accommodation requests. Employers can track the status of requests, access fillable forms, and store, print, and export records into enterprise information systems. Get the Mobile Accommodation Solution app
Employment Policy and Laws
ADA National Network - the ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our services are tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – ODEP is a sub-cabinet level policy agency in the Department of Labor. This website offers information and resources about how this national policy supports individuals with disabilities into the workforce. a national policy that ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce.
Policy Works – Partners in Employment and Disabilities - U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), ePolicyWorks is a Web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues.
Social Security Red Book - Summary Guide to Employment Supports for Persons With Disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs.
Ticket to Work - Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (Ticket) program is a Federal program designed to provide Social Security disability beneficiaries the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter and maintain employment. The goal of the program is to reduce and, whenever possible, eliminate dependence on cash benefit programs.