Resources

EMPLOYMENT

Accessible Employment
The Accessible Employment website provides job searches, resume postings, information on disability awareness, and more.

Dan recongized at Arc American Idol                              event with Haley and Racheal.

Dan recongized at Arc American Idol event with Haley and Racheal.

Assistive Technology for Employers and Businesses Web Portal Released by RESNA Catalyst Project
The Assistive Technology for Employers and Businesses Web Portal features information on AT solutions in the workplace, finding help to access AT through the AT Act Entities, a consultant data base directory of RESNA Professionals and the services and expertise each offers to: employers, publications on AT and Employment, various resources for employers to explore, and the partners who have worked with the RESNA Catalyst Project to create the Portal.The partners include the United States Business Leadership Network, Job Accommodation Network, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Southeast TACE, and the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
(COSD) COSD’s mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities on a national basis. The COSD website provides background information on COSD and the work of COSD in assisting college students and recent graduates with disabilities in career development and attaining a career of their choice. Other sections describe the products and services COSD offers to higher education institutions, employers and, college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Dan working on computers.

Dan working on computers. Dan is a volunteer and former AmeriCorps member, wants to work . . .“Everyone wants to do a great job and should believe in themselves . . .that is strength in work.”

Disaboom Jobs
This site provides a job search for people with disabilities as well as other career resources. Individuals can register their resume and profile and search jobs by type and location.

Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Take a Q: Employer Interview Tips
When interviewing a candidate with a disability, some employers find themselves nervous about how to appropriately interact or uncertain about what they can and cannot ask. AskEARN now provides guidance on navigating the interview process with candidates with disabilities.

The National Business and Disability Council
(NBDC) The NBDC is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace. Specifically, information is offered regarding resumes, jobs, career events, and internships.

Taylor rocks – photo shoot for a Diversity Dash

Taylor rocks – photo shoot for a Diversity Dash. Taylor Carley is the STEP UP to Leadership President, “Disability is an ability! Anybody can do anything . . . we’re all the same!”

The Office of Disability Employment Policy
(ODEP) Integrated Employment Toolkit ODEP has developed this Integrated Employment Toolkit to provide information as individuals, community employment agencies, policymakers, and others pursue integrated employment as the desired employment goal for youth and adults with disabilities. The Toolkit includes practical and, in some cases, adaptable information and documents to facilitate the movement of states, organizations, and youth and adults to integrated employment as their primary option for employment.

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recognizes the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce. It provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management
This site helps individuals with or without disabilities better understand how to hire and retain people with disabilities. Specifically, it helps users understand federal disability hiring programs, learn about gaining access to reasonable accommodation in the Federal work place when appropriate, and various other resources related to the employment of people with disabilities.

Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Centers
WIN Job Centers in Mississippi assist people of all ages in locating and preparing for employment opportunities. 

TRANSITION

e-Buddies
e-Buddies is an email friendship program for people with and without cognitive disabilities (age 12 & up). e-Buddies is an e-mail pen pal program that pairs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one e-mail friendships with peer volunteers who do not have intellectual or developmental disabilities.People are matched on age, gender, and common interests. The site is free for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and anyone under the age of 18.

Guideposts for Success for Youth
Guideposts for Success assists youth with disabilities in developing individualized plans for education and employment and service strategies as required by the Workforce Investment Act.

National Youth Leadership Network
(NYLN) NYLN is a youth-led organization. They work to build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16- 28 years old. The NYLN promotes youth leadership development, values inclusion, interdependent support systems, and disability pride, works to create access to the resources youth need to be leaders, supports work being done by youth activists with disabilities on the local level, trains youth with disabilities, and connects youth leaders with opportunities to serve and be active members of their communities.

Dan and Taylor promoting MLK Day

Dan and Taylor promoting MLK Day

Software Resources and Advice
This web page is designed to be a resource listing of free or inexpensive assistive technology resources.

STEP UP to Leadership Notes
STEP UP notes is an e-newsletter for youth and young adults with disabilities. It includes information on leadership, self-advocacy, transition, healthcare, education, career and job opportunities, and recreational activities.

The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping young people become ready by age 21 for college, work, and life. This organization provides youth with information, technical assistance, training, network support, and partnership opportunities needed to increase the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement.

Transition Coalition
Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for individuals with disabilities.

Youth Transition Toolkit:
A Guide for Young People with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood Developed in partnership with young people, the toolkit is designed as a how-to guide for young people with disabilities on preparing for transition to adulthood and making choices about their own health care, education, employment, finances, independent living, and social and recreational activities.

Youthhood
Youthhood assists youth as they explore their community and build a future.Resources and information are provided to help plan for college, work, and future aspirations. 

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