How to use these links:
These resources are designed to promote the employment of people with disabilities via information, education, and empowerment. The resources listed here are primarily for use by two main audiences: Employers and Businesses, and Educators, Job Trainers, and Career Centers, though people with disabilities will also find many of them useful and important.
Though we have separated the links into those two categories for your convenience, you may find that some of these links are relevant for all people -- one example is the ADA mediation information, which is categorized in the Employer section, but is equally relevant for Career Developers who need to know about reasonable accomodation.
Note that Career Centers will likely find the information in the Employers section to be equally useful. Furthermore, if you are working with people who are ready for immediate employment, you should review our Job Search Links, Job Listings, and Professional Development Resources.
For Employers and Businesses
The Federal Workplace Mentoring Primer was developed to help teach people with jobs the basics of workplace mentoring. Readers will learn basic practices as well as some specific strategies, tools and activities for establishing formal mentoring relationships and programs. To ensure that this tool adequately supports the inclusion, retention, job performance and career advancement of employees with disabilities, women and minorities, the primer includes information, considerations, and strategies to promote workplace diversity and inclusion.
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will again co-sponsor in the annual Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for College Students with Disabilities. The WRP is recruiting approximately 1,600 students from over 200 colleges and universities across the United States this year.
This Advisor is designed to help employers determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization. The Advisor also helps recipients of federal financial assistance understand their responsibilities under these laws. The Advisor will provide you with a customized list of federal disability nondiscrimination laws that may apply and links to detailed information that will help you understand your requirements under these laws.
DBTAC, The National Network of ADA Centers, has made a disability customer service training course available free of charge online, called At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities to Your One Stop. The course is designed to increase understanding of the needs and experiences of people with disabilities. It describes how to adjust general customer service standards to meet the needs of the customer with a disability and helps individuals develop basic etiquette for interacting with disabled customers. The self-paced curriculum can be used by customer service departments in many sectors. Registration is free and the course can be taken, complete or in part, at any time. DBTAC also has an introductory web course on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) available free of charge online, called ADA Basic Building Blocks, that explores the legal requirements and spirit of the ADA. This course is available in English and Spanish.
The Department of Education and Chamber of Commerce joined forces to produce a guidebook for the business community to assist business leaders in hiring disabled people. "Disability Employment 101: Learn to Tap Your 'HIRE' Potential" contains 56-pages of resources to help prepare businesspeople to employ people with disabilities. The booklet covers the basics including vocational rehabilitation agencies, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) and Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a one-sheet available online that tells employers all they need to know to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The sheet covers questions such as “What are my obligations to provide reasonable accommodations?” and “What is the best way to identify a reasonable accommodation?” It also tackles topics like asking a potential employee about their disability, and when you can ask an employee to have a medical examination. A complete list of contact information is referenced for more particular questions.
The Access Board has posted on its Web site translations of its section 508 standards in Spanish and Japanese. The standards, issued under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, apply to electronic and information technology procured by Federal agencies. They provide specific criteria for computer hardware and software, Web sites, phone systems, fax machines, copiers, and similar technologies. The Board also enhanced the range of available alternate formats by adding a text-to-speech version of the standards and a braille version that can be downloaded from its site.
This booklet provides information about the ADA, hidden disabilities and workplace accommodations. The booklet also includes an extensive list of resources related to this topic.
Mediate.com has an ADA section with interesting guidelines, perspectives and information on effectively mediating ADA-related disputes. Recent articles include "ADA Mediation Guidelines: An Ongoing Endeavor" and "Questions and Answers for Mediation Providers: Mediation and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), published "How to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for Restaurants and Other Food Service Employers." The guide is designed to assist restaurants and other food service employers in complying with the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The most successful companies have identified strategies to retain, retrain, and hire a diverse employee base. The ForEmployers.com website helps businesses tap into a growing labor pool that includes people with disabilities. Whether the concern be age-related conditions, injuries on the job, or bringing on new staff with disabilities, this website can help. Topics include accommodations, demographic data, and success stories. We encourage disability and employment professionals to use ForEmployers.com as an information source for businesses in your network.
This thirteen-minute video identifies common mistakes that small businesses make when trying to comply with the ADA and addresses the importance and value of doing business with 50 million people with disabilities. The video features statements by store owners expressing their doubts or misunderstandings about the ADA followed by responses from Department of Justice employees explaining the law in common sense terms.
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is the national business organization currently representing 55 BLN affiliates in 32 states including the District of Columbia and more than 5,000 employers using a “business to business” strategy to promote the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce.
DisabilityWorks, based in Chicago, is a business-to-business consortium that allows members to network, gain best practices, and get information regarding recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified workers with disabilities. The mission of the CBLN is to allow employers to understand, utilize, and benefit from people with disabilities in both the labor and consumer markets.
For Educators, Job Trainers, and Career Centers
Training and Technical Assistance for Providers (T-Tap) offers an online self-study course on organizational change strategies that can help organizations shift away from facility-based employment programs for people with disabilities and move successfully into community-based employment services.
The Able Trust assists non-profit organizations, vocational rehabilitation programs and consumers in obtaining employment for people with disabilities. Trust funds support job training, job coaching, job development and outreach programs including the Business Leadership Network that links employers to the disability community, and the Youth Leadership Forum for emerging leaders.
This guide provides program planners and frontline staff at public and private career centers with an introduction to the steps involved in planning, implementing, and improving a system of services that helps job seekers who have limited basic skills to meet workplace skill requirements and get and keep rewarding, financially sustaining jobs.
Interested individuals are invited to subscribe to a free online E-Newsletter from the National Center on Workforce Disability (NCWD). They also have a press release available for distribution to the workforce community at-large that describes NCWD's mission and available services. You can join the NCWD mailing list by completing the short subscription form on the NCWD web site.
The Transition Coalition has a helpful website for professionals engaged in transition planning for students with disabilities. Resources on the site include searchable databases of transition programs and projects from across the US, online training seminars, and some free publications.
This site of the Rural Institute on Disability deals with unemployment issues regarding disabled people. This publication offers information about the issue of disability within the worker cooperative structure in rural America.