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These websites are dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to work and go to school. Here you'll find job search websites geared toward finding employers who comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as sites with advice and guidance for college-bound students.

  • "A Guide for Persons with Disabilities Seeking Employment" (Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Center, Social Security Administration - 2000)

    This guide, produced by the U.S. Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division, outlines your employment rights under the ADA, gives examples of reasonable accommodations and how to request one, and also answers questions regarding the parameters for filing a complaint if your ADA rights have been violated.

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  • ABILITYJobs.com

    ABILITY Jobs provides a resource for people with disabilities to find employment online. Here you can upload resumes and search job postings by employers who support and engage in "affirmative disability action." Registration is free. The site allows you to write a cover letter, upload your resume or build one online by filling in the requested information. Once you have your resume, you're ready to search available positions according to job function, industry and location.

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  • AbilityLinks.org

    The AbilityLinks mission is to increase employment of qualified persons with disabilities. By joining the AbilityLinks Consortium, non-profits, businesses and government agencies gain access to disability employment networking opportunities. Organizations can find qualified candidates with disabilities; job seekers can post resumes and apply for jobs online. The Job Seekers tab on the homepage, directs you on how to post your resume, apply for jobs, and get information about employment opportunities in your area.

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  • ADA Project Fact Sheet - Employment Issues

    This factsheet developed by Equipped for Equality outlines the relationship between the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act, American's with Disabilties Act (ADA), and the Family Medical Leave Act (FLMA).

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  • American Association of People with Disabilities

    The AAPD is a national nonprofit member organization focused on advocacy and on making the voice of the disability community heard. This group sponsors career and leadership programs for disabled individuals and promotes legislative action to create a more accessible world. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to join AAPD to participate in coalition activities to advocate in education, workplace & employment, health, housing, technology, transportation, interfaith organizations, as well as supporting international best-practices, advocacy for veterans, and voting. The AAPD Summer Internship Program places college, graduate, and law students in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations in Washington, DC. Disability Mentoring Day is a large-scale notional effort coordinated by AAPD to promote career development. Disability statistics, demographics and trends are addtionally provided through the Resource tab of this website.

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  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Summary of Key Points

    This consumer education sheet summarizes key points of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This legislation made it a violation of federal law to discriminate against people with disabilities, just as civil rights laws protect people against discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, and religion. The ADA is divided into four main sections, called "Titles": 1. Employment, 2. State & Local Government, Transportation, and Public Service, 3. Public Accommodations, and 4. Telecommunications.  Knowing your rights in each of these four areas can assist you in rentering the job market and pursing an active lifestyle. Additional information on the ADA can be located at www.dol.gov.

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  • "Back to School Success: Stories of Success on Campus" by Stephanie D. Lollino (2015)

    Going to college is a major life change for anyone, and it may present an especially daunting challenge for wheelchair users. This article from New Mobiity magazine provides helpful tips for transitioning to college and achieving a positive campus experience.

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  • Center for Parent Information and Resources

    The Center for Parent Information & Resources offers a broad range of childhood disability resources, most of which are also available in Spanish. It serves as a national information resource on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth. Scroll down the Resources page to view an array of information on K-12 issues for accommodations at school, career and college readiness, the IEP process, how to develop effective practices and enable parent advocacy. This website also identifies Parent Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) by state.

     

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  • Emerging Leaders - College Internships

    The Emerging Leaders Insternship Program for College Students with Disabilities, funded by the UPS Foundation and coordinated by the National Business and Disability Council (NBDC) at the VIscardi Center, is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that also provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

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  • Employment after Spinal Cord Injury

    Most people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) want to work yet need support, training, and vocational rehabilitation services to help them obtain and keep a job. This consumer education sheet identifies sources of support that may help to overcome many barriers that are outside the individual’s control, such as financial and health care issues, accessibility, and employer attitudes. 

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  • Equipped for Equality - Employment Fact Sheets

    A variety of employment fact sheets were created by Equipped for Equality, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing human and civil rights of people with disabilities in Illinois. Rights information for employment covers frequently asked questions regarding disability disclosure, disability-related inquiries and medical examinations, documenting discrimination, disability harassment retaliation and constructive discharge, where to file employment complaints, and employment rights under the American's with Disability Act (ADA).  

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  • Guide for Parents: Educational Accommodation-Descriptions and Comparison of Section 504 and IDEA (IEP)

    By law, students with disabilities are entitled to appropriate accommodations and modifications to assist in achieving and maintaining educational success. This resource, from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago LIFE Center, provides detailed descriptions of the 504 Plan and Individual Education Plan (IEP) so you can become informed and prepared to work with your child's or own education team to create an optimal learning experience.

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  • HEALTH Resource Center at the National Youth Transition Center

    The HEALTH Resource Center is a national clearinghouse of educational resources for individuals with disabilities. Managed by the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Explore the Center's Resources and Publications for information and advice about making decisions and overall preparation for entering college with a disability. Frequently Asked Questions can also assist parents whose children are making this transition.

     

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  • Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families

    Soft skills help youth succeed in life no matter what they are doing. This consumer education sheet from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability provides helpful hints to enhance and develop communication skills, interpersonal skills, decision making skills, and a desire for lifelong learning.

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  • IN*SOURCE - the Indiana Resource Center for families with Special Needs

    IN*SOURCE is a parent organization that provides support services and educational resources to Indiana families. Through the work of staff and many volunteers, virtually all of whom are parents of persons with disabilities, IN*SOURCE provides parents, families and service providers in Indiana the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities. IN*SOURCE also provides an array of resources to allow parents to quickly assist their children - regardless if the topic is bullying in school or how to transition their child from school into adult life.

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  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

    Provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, JAN is a service intended to help employees, job seekers, entrepreneurs, and employers create a more accessible environment by providing information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available over the phone or online. JAN also provides consulting services to decide the best course of action in making a business accessible as well as ideas for accommodating disabilities in the work place.

     

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  • Marianjoy Scholarship Program

    The Marianjoy Scholarship Program was established in 1994, and to date over $500,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. Each year, scholarships for post-high school education are awarded to students with disabilities to enable them to pursue educational programs at accredited four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges, or vocational-technical schools in the United States. The Marianjoy Scholarship is intended for individuals with permanent physical disabilities, like those served through Marianjoy programs, but it is not necessary to have been a Marianjoy patient to apply. Click on How Do I Apply to review scholarship qualifications.

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  • "Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life," The Mayo Clinic (Demos Health, 2009)

    This book was developed by leading Mayo Clinic experts, and covers a wide variety of spinal cord injury related topics such as emotional adjustments, sexuality, skin care, and adaptive equipment . This independence-granting book encourages readers to resume their favorite hobbies, participate in athletic activities, and return to the workplace quickly and safely.

     

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  • Middle School and High School Transition Planning

    Parents of youth with disabilities should begin thinking about transition (planning for adulthood) as early as possible. Although the formal process of transition planning doesn't begin until high school, it is helpful to begin thinking about it much sooner. PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides various consumer education sheets to assist with this process, including information on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Individualized Education Progorams (IEPs), College Planning, and Preparing for Employment.

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  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

    The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities. This resource center partners with expertise in education, youth development, disability, employment, workforce development and family issues to provide extensive resources that can assist families in developing youth leadership and workforce skills, self-advocacy, and other key skills that support successfull community integration and independence. Click on Publications by Topic to explore briefs, fact sheets, guides, and white papers.

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  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

    OSERS is part of the U.S. Department of Education committed to improving opportunities in education and employment for people with disabilities by supporting programs that facilitate equal access to disabled individuals. Here you'll find research, policies and programs dedicated to this initiative. The website offers detailed information on understanding and implementing important legislation as well as publications and tools for making education and employment more accessible. Within the index in the center of the home page, select Reports & Resources. This page offers publications and fact sheets about employment and educational opportunities, and disability rights.

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  • PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment

    PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides quality information and resources for families of young adults with disabilities on transition planning, civil rights, work-based learning, career accommodations, higher education, financial aid, and much more. It serves as a comprehensive source of information designed to support families' varied needs.

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  • Ralph’s Riders Foundation

    Ralph‘s Riders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enabling people living with spinal cord injury and paralysis to achieve their highest level of independence, health and personal fulfillment by providing peer guidance, resource information and a supporting network within the community. Riders are a team of extraordinary people living with spinal cord injury and paralysis that provide peer guidance to people with similar disabilities. Riders give a unique perspective on life as well as an ability to set a great example for newly injured individuals. This group also provides a Career Coaching Program to help establish professional goals, make career decisions, created and execute plans, and overcome obstacles that may come in their way.

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  • ServiceSource

    ServiceSource is a not-for-profit corporation with regional offices and programs located in nine states and the District of Columbia. ServiceSource's regional offices share a mission to provide exceptional services to individuals with disabilities through innovative and valued employment, training, habilitation, housing and support services. Nationwide, ServiceSource serves more than 13,000 people with disabilities annually of whom nearly 2,000 individuals are directly employed on both government and commercial affirmative employment contracts. Others receive assistance in rehabilitation programs, benefits planning, job placement, evaluation and counseling and housing. Whether you are an individual with a disability, a government contracting officer or a local business owner, ServiceSource and their local regional offices are committed to meeting or exceeding needs and expectations. Find a location near you to learn more about our innovative programs and services

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  • "Spinal Network: The Total Resource Book" (Leonard Media Group, 2009)

    "Spinal Network" is the essential resource for making important life choices after a spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, amputation, ALS and other conditions. This information-packed book explores options in health, technology, attendant services, employment, travel, sports, relationships, sexuality and parenting. It explains--in clear language--the intricacies of legal rights, government benefits and cure research. 

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  • Tips for Teens: Use Your IEP Meetings to Learn How to Advocate for Yourself

    This consumer education sheet provided by the PACER Center provides useful tips for teens in developing self-advocacy skills. It provides information on how to begin to express needs and wants by participating in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. At these meetings, teens can learn ways to talk about their disability to others, set goals, build teamwork skills, ask for accommodations and practice other self-advocacy skills. This single copy form from the PACER publication catalog is for your personal, noncommercial use only. For permission to reprint multiple copies or to order presentation-ready copies for distribution, complete the PACER Reprint Form at www.pacer.org/forms/request.asp or PACER Publication Order Form at ww.pacer.org/publications/OrderForm.pdf

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  • University Accessibility after Spinal Cord Injury - Going to College video

    What is it like to attend a college or university after spinal cord injury? The biggest hurdle is often your perception or confidence in yourself. Once you make the decision that you are ready to attend college, your campus disability services office is available to help with the details. These professionals will coordinate academic accommodations, such as accessible classrooms, note- and test-taking assistance, and e-books, as well as environmental accessibility for classrooms, dorms, and on-campus transporation. This video provides candid remarks from students who have attended school after injury with reflections on how to enjoy the social aspects of college life, like participating in sports, clubs, theater and Greek life, as well as making new friends.

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  • We Connect Now

    We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.  We Connect Now aims to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts. Through this website people can also share and read other people’s stories as a source of support and comfort.

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  • Working and SSDI Benefits

    This consumer education article details the requirements for how much you can work and still maintain SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) benefits. The article also provides additional consumer education sheets on working and eligibility for Social Security Disability.

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  • Wounded Warrior Project

    The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. If you are a veteran injured after 9/11/01, select Programs.  Here you can learn about WWPO’s programs, which are uniquely structured and designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Under each of these program areas, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) offers a variety of programs to meet a range of needs.

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  • Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

    The Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities is database of professional contacts for people looking for support or information on any type of childhood disability. Search by state for resources on your child's disability on topics such as legal advice, healthcare and educational resources, government aid, doctors and specialists. Click you location under Select a State. This will lead you to a list of professionals, programs and resources in your state. A specific listing of Nation-wide Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers is also provided on this website.

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  • "Yes, You Can!: Guide to Self-Care for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury, 4th ed.," Ed. Burns, Stephen P., M.D and Margaret C., M.D. Hammond. (Paralyzed Veterans of America, 2009)

    Published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 'Yes, You Can!," is designed for both the newly injured patient, and their family members. Written by experts in the field of spinal-cord injury, it is an extremely popular guide to subjects such as: self-care, sexuality, pain management, substance abuse, exercise, alternative medicine, adaptive equipment, and staying healthy.

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