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Employment of People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide

Issued 2005



General organizations

Organizations for people who are blind or visually impaired

Organizations for youth with disabilities

Selected professional organizations

Selected bibliography, 2000-2004

Selected Internet resources


The national organizations listed in this reference circular provide information on a range of issues related to recruiting, training, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities. Issues addressed include worksite accommodations, job analysis, small-business opportunities, supported employment, and personal assistance services. This guide is intended for individuals, their families, the professionals who work with them, and employers. Some organizations maintain joblines for individuals to search for jobs online and for employers to post available positions. Other organizations assist young people in their transition from school to work by providing internship and mentoring opportunities. Professional organizations offer information and referrals about training, certification, and continuing education in rehabilitation and counseling.

General Organizations

The Abilities Fund

332 South Linn Street, Suite 15
Iowa City, IA 52240

(319) 338-2521
(319) 338-2528 fax

Advances entrepreneurial opportunities for Americans with disabilities by providing training, technical assistance services, and advisory support. Assists entrepreneurs in obtaining the funding needed to launch or grow a small business.

The Access Board

1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111

(202) 272-0080
(202) 272-0082 and 800-993-2822 TTY
(202) 272-0081 fax

Principal publication: Access Currents, bimonthly, print, online, and via e-mail

Serves as an independent federal agency that develops and maintains accessibility requirements for the built environment, telecommunications equipment, electronic and information technology, and transit vehicles. Provides technical assistance and training on these guidelines and enforces accessibility standards for federally funded facilities. Has publications in print, online, and in alternate formats.

Alternative Work Concepts

P.O. Box 11452
Eugene, OR 97440

(541) 345-3043
(541) 345-9669 fax

Provides assistance locally to help individuals with significant physical and multiple disabilities gain employment in their communities. Offers technical assistance to national and international agencies for placing individuals with multiple disabilities into integrated employment. Sells three manuals and a video.

American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (AIRRTC)

Institute for Human Development
Arizona University Center on Disabilities
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

(928) 523-4791

Conducted research and training projects from 1998 to 2003 to develop culturally appropriate and responsive rehabilitation services for American Indians and Alaska Natives with disabilities. Maintains the web site for reference purposes and to post the catalog of materials developed during this five-year grant cycle.

Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE)

1627 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 278-9187
(804) 278-9377 fax

Principal publication: The Advance, quarterly

Provides advocacy and education to individuals in supported employment, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Promotes national, state, and local policy development that enhances inclusion and empowerment of people with severe disabilities. Offers online publications and links to resources and organizations.

Center for Personal Assistance Services

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Nursing
University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street, Suite 455
San Francisco, CA 94118-0612

(415) 502-7190
866-727-9577 (866-PAS-9577)
(415) 502-5216 TTY
(415) 476-6552 fax

Principal publication: Center for Personal Assistance Services Bulletin, quarterly, via e-mail

Provides research, training, and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS). Conducting a five-year (2003-2008) Workplace PAS Project to research, identify, and disseminate best practices for PAS in the workplace to facilitate employment of people with disabilities.

Center for Workers with Disabilities

National Association of State Medicaid Directors
American Public Human Services Association
810 First Street NE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20002

(202) 682-0100
(202) 289-6555 fax

Principal publication: Working for Tomorrow, 4-6 issues/year, online

Offers technical support and guidance to states for designing or expanding multiagency employment-support programs for working people with disabilities.

Disability Statistics Center

Institute for Health and Aging
University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street, Suite 340
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 502-7266

Produces and disseminates statistical information on the demographics and status of people with disabilities in American society. Has online publications.

Disabled American Veterans

National Headquarters
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076

(859) 441-7300


National Service and Legislative Headquarters
807 Maine Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024

(202) 554-3501

Principal publication: DAV Magazine, bimonthly, in print and online

Acts as an official voice for America's veterans with service-connected disabilities to help them regain health, learn new trades or professions, rejoin the civilian world, and secure disability benefits. Works with the United States Congress and government agencies to ensure that veterans' preferences are upheld and that veterans receive priority access to employment services.

Disabled Businesspersons Association

c/o San Diego State University, Interwork Institute
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108-1716

(619) 594-8805
(619) 594-4208 fax

Offers free self-employment and rehabilitation services, assistance, and programs to individuals with disabilities and to professionals in rehabilitation, career, and business counseling nationwide.

Easter Seals

230 West Monroe Street, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 726-6200
(312) 726-4258 TTY
(312) 726-1494 fax

Provides job training and employment services to help adults with disabilities learn skills to enter the workforce or to return to work after an illness or injury.

Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)

School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University
201 ILR Extension Building
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901

(607) 255-7727
(607) 255-2891 TTY
(607) 255-2763 fax

Advances the participation of people with disabilities in all facets of American life through projects, technical assistance, training, presentations, and program evaluation. Provides online publications.

Employment Support Institute (ESI)

School of Business
Virginia Commonwealth University
1015 Floyd Avenue
P.O. Box 844000
Richmond, VA 23284-4000

(804) 828-1992
(804) 828-8884 fax

Offers fee-based consulting services to organizations that help recipients of federal and state disability and poverty program benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income, make choices about their employment options. Provides free WorkWORLD© software that calculates how wages affect disability benefits.

Enable America, Inc.

P.O. Box 3031
Tampa, FL 33601-3031

877-362-2533 (877-ENABLED)


2141 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite C-2
Washington, DC 20007

(202) 333-6813
(202) 333-6816 fax

Principal publication: EA News, via e-mail

Works with elected officials, government agencies, and employers to help people with disabilities achieve greater independence through opportunities for civic involvement, employment, and community participation.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

15810 Indianola Drive
Rockville, MD 20855

(301) 530-6500

Principal publication: Working! in print and online

Has a network of 207 community-based, autonomous member organizations in the United States, Canada, and twenty-three other countries that serve people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities. Provides job training and employment services, job placement opportunities, and post-employment support.

Inter-National Association of Business, Industry, and Rehabilitation (I-NABIR)

P.O. Box 15242
Washington, DC 20003

(202) 543-6353

Promotes national and international collaboration, facilitates networking and information exchange, and strengthens partnerships between employers, labor unions, service providers, and people with disabilities.

Interwork Institute

College of Education
San Diego State University
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108

(619) 594-2462

Promotes the integration of individuals, including those with disabilities, into all aspects of school, work, family, and community life. Conducts research, training, and education through various centers such as the Rehabilitation Counselor Program, Center for American Indian Rehabilitation, Center for Pacific Studies, National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute, and the Census Information Center.


1001 West 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627


Provides a free service for people with disabilities to search for jobs online and to post resumes that companies in the United States can browse. Charges a fee to employers for posting their employment opportunities and for advertising online.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

P.O. Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080

(304) 293-7186 voice and TTY
800-526-7234 voice and TTY in the United States
800-ADA-WORK voice and TTY in the United States
(304) 293-5407 fax
www.jan.wvu.edu/ and www.jan.wvu.edu/espanol/ (in Spanish)

Principal publication: JAN E-News, quarterly, online and via e-mail

Facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing information on job accommodation options through case-by-case evaluations and the Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system. Offers technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related legislation. Provides information and referrals about self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities through the Small Business and Self-Employment Service (www.jan.wvu.edu/sbses/).

Lift, Inc.

P.O. Box 4264
Warren, NJ 07059

(908) 707-9840
(908) 707-9848 fax

Trains and hires screened information technology professionals with physical disabilities to work under contract with one of Lift's corporate clients. Corporations are invited to hire individuals directly after a one-year apprenticeship period.

Mays Mission for the Handicapped, Inc.

604 Colonial Drive
Heber Springs, AR 72545

(501) 362-7526
(501) 362-7529 fax

Principal publication: New Hope, 4-5 issues/year, online

Provides employment and on-the-job training in the printing industry to people with disabilities. Areas of interest include graphic arts, lettershop, bindery, data processing, and assembly. Offers college scholarships to individuals with a physical or mental disability and sponsors several summer camps in Arkansas.

National Business and Disability Council (NBDC)

201 I.U. Willets Road
Albertson, NY 11507

(516) 465-1515
(516) 465-3730 fax
www.nbdc.com and www.business-disability.com/

Principal publication: NBDC Newsletter, quarterly

Helps businesses to create accessible work conditions for their employees and accessible products for consumers. Responds to inquiries about Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, building and product accessibility, reasonable accommodations, and staff training. Offers a free resume database for college graduates with disabilities and job listings from member organizations.

National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD/Adult)

Institute for Community Inclusion
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

888-886-9898 voice and TTY

Principal publication: NCWD E-Announcements, biweekly, via e-mail

Provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and an information-on-demand service to disability professionals in workforce development programs. Offers online publications and promising practices.

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM)

Oklahoma State University
206 West Sixth Street
Stillwater, OK 74078-4080

(405) 744-2000
(405) 744-2002 TTY
(405) 744-2001 fax

Principal publication: NCRTM Quarterly, quarterly, via e-mail

Promotes the exchange of information by collecting, archiving, and disseminating rehabilitation training materials developed by Rehabilitation Services Administration grantees. Provides services that include counselor education curriculum and syllabi, customized research services, and links to other disability- and rehabilitation-related sites. Maintains the Rehabilitation Recruitment Center, an online job bank for those seeking a career in the public rehabilitation field.

National Council on Disability

1331 F Street NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 272-2004
(202) 272-2074 TTY
(202) 272-2022 fax

Serves as an independent federal agency to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Facilitates economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and community integration. Provides free publications that can be downloaded from the Internet or obtained in print.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

United States Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-7100

(202) 245-7640
(202) 245-7316 TTY

Provides leadership and support for research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Funds research on employment and disability issues, including accommodations, technology, and ergonomics. Maintains ten regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (www.adata.org/centers. htm) to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers and individuals with responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)

910 Sixteenth Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006

(202) 293-5960
(202) 293-5968 TTY
(202) 293-7999 fax

Principal publication: N.O.D. E-Newsletter, bimonthly, via e-mail

Offers online resources and articles to help individuals with disabilities obtain competitive, productive, and paid employment. Encourages corporate leaders and their companies to employ people with disabilities through the CEO (Chief Executive Officers) Council. Works with schools, community service providers, and local employers to coordinate paid internships for high school students with disabilities through the Start on Success Program.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

4200 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 202
Lanham, MD 20706

(301) 459-5900
(301) 459-5984 TTY

Principal publication: RehabWire, 10-11/year, online

Assembles, maintains, and provides access to disability-related research; furnishes fact-retrieval services; and develops print and electronic resources.

NISH (formerly the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped)

8401 Old Courthouse Road
Vienna, VA 22182

(571) 226-4660
(703) 849-8916 fax

Principal publication: The Workplace, monthly

Develops and maintains training and employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities through the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) program.

Rehabilitation Services Administration

United States Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-7100

(202) 245-7488

Principal publication: American Rehabilitation, annual

Acts as the principal federal agency authorized by the United States Congress to carry out titles of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the entirety of the Randolph-Sheppard Act, as amended; and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults Act. Administers grant programs and service projects that help individuals with disabilities to obtain employment and support, such as job training and medical and psychological services. Provides funds to state vocational rehabilitation agencies for employment-related services.

Small Business and Self-Employment Service (SBSES)

see Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Social Security Administration

Office of Public Inquiries
Windsor Park Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235

800-325-0778 TTY
www.ssa.gov and www.ssa.gov/espanol/ (in Spanish)

Provides online publications and information on disability benefits, the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, and the Ticket to Work Program (www.ssa.gov/work/Ticket/ticket_info.html). Offers services at the local level through ten regional offices, six processing centers, and approximately one thousand three hundred field offices (www.ssa.gov/otherssasites/).

Social Security Administration

Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel
400 Virginia Avenue SW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20024

(202) 358-6430
(202) 358-6440 fax

Advises the United States President, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on issues related to work incentive programs, assistance for individuals with disabilities, and the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program established under the Ticket to Work Act. Provides online documents.

United States Department of Education

Office of Vocational and Adult Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-7100

(202) 245-7700
(202) 245-7838 fax

Supports national research, evaluation, demonstration, and technical assistance to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives. Has online reports and links to career, technical, and adult education by state.

United States Department of Justice

Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section-NYAV
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530

800-514-0383 TTY
(202) 307-1198 fax

Principal publication: Disability Rights Online News, monthly, online at www.ada.gov/disabilitynews.htm

Provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Certifies building codes that meet or exceed the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Offers ADA publications online in English and Spanish.

United States Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Building
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001

(202) 691-5200
(202) 691-6325 fax

Collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates statistical data, including data on worker fatalities, illnesses, and injuries on the job. Publishes Career Guide to Industries and Occupational Outlook Handbook, both of which can be searched online for career information, Monthly Labor Review Online, Compensation and Working Conditions Online, and Occupational Outlook Quarterly.

United States Department of Labor

Office of Disability Employment Policy
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20210

877-889-5627 TTY
(202) 693-7888 fax

Seeks to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by expanding access to training, assistive technology, entrepreneurial development, integrated employment, and small-business opportunities. Maintains America's Job Bank. Builds partnerships with employers and state and local agencies to increase awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Provides online publications and job links.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20420

(202) 303-3260
(202) 254-0238 fax

Assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. Works with employers to recruit, interview, and hire veterans with disabilities. Provides rehabilitation services to dependents of veterans who meet program eligibility requirements.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

1801 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20507

(202) 663-4900
(202) 663-4494 and 800-669-6820 TTY

Serves as the civil rights employment law agency to help eradicate employment discrimination in the workplace. Provides online information about statistics, laws and regulations, filing a charge of discrimination, and youth in the workforce (youth.eeoc.gov/). Offers online publications in English, Spanish, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.

United States Office of Personnel Management

Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
1900 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20415-1000

(202) 606-1800
(202) 606-2532 TTY

Implements human resource policies by recruiting citizens to federal service and by serving as the main portal for employment information. Provides online information about reasonable accommodations and the laws and executive orders that apply to applicants and employees who have disabilities.

United States Small Business Administration (SBA)

409 Third Street SW
Washington, DC 20416

800-827-5722 (800-U-ASK-SBA)
www.sba.gov/ and www.sba.gov/espanol/ (in Spanish)

Offers programs and services, such as technical, financial, and contracting assistance, to help small businesses succeed. Provides forms and publications online in English and Spanish and links to local and regional SBA offices. Maintains an Office of Native American Affairs, Office of Veterans Business Development, Women's Business Center, and Young Entrepreneurs.

Organizations for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

ACB Job Connection
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 467-5081
(202) 467-5085 fax

Principal publication: Braille Forum, 10 issues/year

Lists nationwide job announcements in the online ACB Job Bank. Presents online eSight Disability Employment Resource of the Day that offers articles on employment issues. Has special-interest organizations affiliated with ACB, including ACB Government Employees, Blind Information Technology Specialists, and Independent Visually-Impaired Enterprisers. Publishes Journeys to prosperity: guidance for prospective small business owners and entrepreneurs in braille and large print and on audiocassette.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

AFB CareerConnect®
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001

(212) 502-7600
(212) 502-7777 fax

Principal publications: AccessWorld, bimonthly, online, and Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, monthly

Maintains a database of career information searchable by job titles, occupational categories, or interest areas. Offers MentorMatch, an online service created by AFB and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, that pairs people searching for a career with a mentor who is blind or visually impaired and working in the desired field of employment.

Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF)

P.O. Box 65900
Washington, DC 20035-5900

(202) 462-4430
(301) 622-3330 fax

Offers employment networking and rehabilitation counseling for veterans who are blind. Supports medical research on sensory disabilities.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-2694


Principal publication: BVA Bulletin, bimonthly, in print, on audiocassette, and online

Serves veterans who became blind or visually impaired during or after their military service. Assists veterans in obtaining benefits, rehabilitation training, and employment. Offers scholarships to spouses and dependent children.

Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

1421 Jefferson Davis Highway
Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800
Arlington, VA 22202-3259

(703) 603-7740
(703) 603-0655 fax

Serves as an independent federal agency that administers the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program. Creates employment opportunities for people who are blind or who have severe disabilities by educating federal government customers about their requirement to purchase products and services available from nonprofit agencies that employ these individuals.

Hadley School for the Blind

700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093-2554

(847) 446-8111
(847) 446-9916 fax

Offers more than ninety distance-education courses, including business law, small business management, and principles of job acquisition to individuals who are blind and fourteen years of age and older, family members of such individuals, and relatives of a child who is blind or visually impaired.

Lions World Services for the Blind

2811 Fair Park Boulevard
Little Rock, AR 72204

(501) 664-7100 800-248-0734
(501) 664-2743 fax

Principal publication: New Life, quarterly, online

Serves as a rehabilitation center for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Offers a personal adjustment program, vocational evaluation and training, job placement assistance, assistive technology learning center, college preparatory program, and a low-vision clinic.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

America's Jobline
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 659-9314
800-414-5748 America's Jobline
(410) 685-5653 fax

Principal publication: Braille Monitor, 11 issues/year

Maintains America's Jobline for individuals who are blind to access America's Job Bank (www.ajb.org) with a touch-tone telephone. Provides this free service in twenty-five states, twenty-four hours a day. Prompts users to create a password, job profile, and resume that can be sent to an employer via the telephone. Offers employment seminars and networking opportunities through divisions such as Human Services Division, National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs, and National Association of Blind Merchants. Established in 2005 the National Center for Mentoring Excellence, a five-year demonstration project to develop a model mentoring program for youth, ages sixteen to twenty-six, who are blind and visually impaired.

National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

1901 North Beauregard Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22311-1727

(703) 998-0770
(703) 998-8268 fax

Operates under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act, a mandatory federal purchasing program, that enables people who are blind to work and provide products and services to federal and commercial customers under the trade name SKILCRAFT®. Offers rehabilitative services to children and adults who are blind.

Organizations for Youth with Disabilities

American Association for the Advancement of Science

AAAS Project on Science, Technology, and Disability
Entry Point!
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005-3920

(202) 326-6649 voice and TTY
(202) 371-9849 fax

Places students with disabilities in paid summer internships in private industry and government agencies in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

1629 K Street NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20006

(202) 457-0046 voice and TTY
(202) 457-0473 fax

Principal publication: AAPD News, quarterly

Administers an academic internship program through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars as well as summer congressional and information technology internships for college students with disabilities. Manages an annual Disability Mentoring Day to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities though job shadowing and hands-on career exploration.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology)

University of Washington
Box 355670
Seattle, WA 98195-5670

Seattle area
(206) 685-3648 (206-685-DOIT) voice and TTY
(206) 221-4171 fax
Spokane area
(509) 328-9331 voice and TTY
Washington, outside Seattle
888-972-3648 (888-972-DOIT) voice and TTY


Principal publication: DO-IT News, 3-4/year, print and online

Offers career-preparation and mentoring resources for students, parents, educators, and employers. Promotes using computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. Distributes publications, videotapes, and training materials.

Emerging Leaders

c/o Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 22102

(703) 902-5000

Partners with businesses and nonprofit organizations to offer meaningful summer internship and leadership development opportunities to students with disabilities.

HIRE.US (Hire Interested and Ready Employees in the U.S.)

Center on Disability Studies
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6
Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 956-3648
(808) 956-7878 fax

Connects employers throughout the United States with internship or permanent positions for college students with disabilities who are seeking employment and are qualified in a variety of fields. Maintains a database of applicants.

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

25 East Washington Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 435-0498
(312) 435-1494 fax

Principal publication: HACE Newsletter, monthly, online

Seeks to nurture Latinos at all stages of their career continuum from high school to college and into their professional years through programs such as mentoring and high school internships. Maintains a resume database and an electronic job bank. Operates in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas.

Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities

Bridges . . . from School to Work
10400 Fernwood Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

(301) 380-8403

Helps young people with disabilities who are exiting special education and local employers to develop mutually beneficial job placements. Provides job training and work experience to enhance employment potential. Operates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership

1600 Duke Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 224-2200

Acts as an advocate and resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide. Has online articles on research related to mentors and mentoring programs and an online list of training products and manuals for sale.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 624-2097
(612) 624-9344 fax

Principal publication: E-News, bimonthly, via e-mail

Provides technical assistance and disseminates information for youth with disabilities and their families that focuses on making a successful transition from the secondary education curriculum to meaningful employment and independent living. Fosters development of partnerships at the national, state, and local levels.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

c/o Institute for Educational Leadership
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20036

877-871-0665 TTY

Assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities. Strengthens the services provided by organizations responsible for delivery of workforce development services. Improves the knowledge and skills of individuals responsible for providing direct services to youth.

Partners™ for Youth with Disabilities

95 Berkeley Street, Suite 109
Boston, MA 02116

(617) 556-4075
(617) 314-2989 TTY
(617) 556-4074 fax

Provides one-to-one and group mentoring programs where adult mentors with disabilities act as role models and provide support to improve the lives of young people in areas such as self-esteem, education, and career development.

Start on Success Internship Program

see National Organization on Disability

United States Department of Labor

Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities
Office of Disability Employment Policy
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room S-1303
Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693-7880
(202) 693-7881 TTY
(202) 693-7888 fax

Maintains a free, nationwide database of prescreened, qualified postsecondary students and recent college graduates with disabilities who are available for permanent and temporary positions. Employers can search the database by state or job category and obtain specific information on candidates' qualifications.

Selected Professional Organizations

American Counseling Association

5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304-3300

(703) 823-6862 TTY
(703) 823-0252 fax

Principal publication: Journal of Counseling and Development, quarterly

Represents professionals and students in counseling fields and those who are served; divisions include American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and National Employment Counseling Association. Offers a career placement program and sells publications.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

1410 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 683-3111
(703) 683-7424 fax

Principal publication: Techniques, 8/year

Works to advance education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Maintains an online Career Center for students and parents to explore careers and search the job bank. Provides an online Resource Center for members to submit lesson plans and information requests and to share on electronic discussion boards. Sponsors the annual observance of Career and Technical Education Week.

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

1703 North Beauregard Street, Suite 440
Alexandria, VA 22311

(703) 671-4500

Principal publications: AER Report, quarterly, and RE:view, quarterly

Supports professionals who work in education and rehabilitation of children and adults who are blind and visually impaired, including access to continuing education opportunities and job openings in the field. Provides information about certification and an online listing of universities that offer courses and degree programs in the education and rehabilitation of people who are visually impaired, deaf-blind, or have multiple disabilities. Sells publications.

Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR)

CANAR Administrative Office
105 Jefferson St.
Natchitoches, LA 71457

(318) 354-7400
(318) 354-7300 fax

Principal publication: CANAR Newsletter, 2-4/year, online

Serves as a forum for administrators of rehabilitation projects, which are listed online, to increase and enhance the quality of services for Native American people with disabilities.

Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)

1835 Rohlwing Road, Suite E
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

(847) 394-1785
(847) 394-2108 fax

Principal publication: CORE News, annual, online

Accredits graduate programs in Rehabilitation Counselor Education. Maintains an online Accreditation Manual and a listing of accredited programs for each state.

International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals

3540 Soquel Avenue, Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 464-4892
(831) 576-1417 fax

Principal publication: RehabPro, quarterly

Promotes interdisciplinary rehabilitation, disability management, and return-to-work services for people who are disabled or economically disadvantaged; enhances the competency of service providers through continuing education; and supports innovation in business development and management.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Three Terrace Way, Suite D
Greensboro, NC 27403-3660

(336) 547-0607
(336) 547-0017 fax

Principal publication: National Certified Counselor Newsletter, 3/year, online

Monitors the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification to recognize counselors who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience, and performance. Maintains CounselorFind, a searchable online directory of professional counselors.

National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE)

NCRE Administrative Office
Rehabilitation Counseling Program
5005 North Maple Avenue, ED 3
Fresno, CA 93740-8026


Principal publications: NCRE Forum, 2-3/year, online, and Rehabilitation Education, quarterly

Advocates for improvement of rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities through research and education of rehabilitation professionals.

National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)

633 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 836-0850
(703) 836-0849 TTY
(703) 836-0848 fax

Principal publications: Contemporary Rehab, bimonthly, and Rehabilitation Journal, quarterly

Provides advocacy, awareness, and career advancement for professionals in the field of rehabilitation. Divisions include National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns, National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement and Development, and National Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals (VECAP)

P.O. Box 26273
Colorado Springs, CO 80936

(719) 638-4787
(719) 638-6153 fax

Principal publication: VECAP newsletter

Represents the needs of professionals who provide vocational evaluation, career assessment, and career decision making. Maintains a job bank for its members.

Selected Bibliography, 2000-2004

Allaire, Saralynn H., Wei Li, and Michael P. LaValley. "Work barriers experienced and job accommodations used by persons with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases." Rehabilitation counseling bulletin, v. 46, spring 2003: 147-156.

American Foundation for the Blind. "Are you looking for a few good workers?" New York: AFB Press, 2000. 7p. Single copy free.

"Americans with Disabilities Act: a guide for people with disabilities seeking employment." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/workta.htm.

Blanck, Peter David, ed. Employment, disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act: issues in law, public policy, and research. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2000. 488p. $34.95 (paper), $88 (cloth).

Bolles, Richard Nelson, and Dale S. Brown. Job-hunting for the so-called handicapped or people who have disabilities. 2nd ed. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2001. 159p. $14.95. (P.O. Box 7123, 94707).

Burkhauser, Richard V., and David C. Stapleton. "The decline in employment rate for people with disabilities: bad data, bad health, or bad policy?" Journal of vocational rehabilitation, v. 20, issue 3, 2004: 185-201.

Butler, Stacy E., and others. "Employment barriers: access to assistive technology and research needs." Journal of visual impairment and blindness, v. 96, Sept. 2002: 664-667.

Butterfield, Tina M., and J. Hunter Ramseur. "Research and case study findings in the area of workplace accommodations including provisions for assistive technology: a literature review." Technology and disability, v. 16, no. 4, 2004: 201-210.

Careers and the disABLED magazine. 3/year. $12 for one year, $22 for two years. (EOP, Inc., Circulation Department, 445 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 425, Melville, NY 11747). www.eop.com/cd.html.

Crudden, Adele, and others. Overcoming barriers to employment among persons with visual disabilities: perspectives of rehabilitation providers. Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, 2004. $20. Available in print and braille and on audiocassette. (P.O. Box 6189, 39762).

DeBord, Deborah. Journeys to prosperity: guidance for prospective small business owners and entrepreneurs. Washington: American Council of the Blind, 2000. Available on audiocassette and in braille and large print.

DO-IT. "Access to the future: preparing college students with disabilities for careers." Seattle, 2001. Retrieved Aug. 9, 2004. www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Careers/future.html.

DO-IT. "Finding gold: hiring the best and the brightest." Seattle, 2002. Retrieved Aug. 9, 2004. Accompanying video, $25. www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Careers/gold.html.

Drill, Herb. "A new day?" [hiring people with disabilities]. PN [Paraplegia news], v. 58, Oct. 2004: 52-57.

"Employed ability: blind persons on the job." 14-minute video. $49.95. AFB Press. (P.O. Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143).

"Entrepreneurship, self-employment, and disabilities." 2002. 33-minute video. $59. Program Development Associates. (P.O. Box 2038, Syracuse, NY 13220).

Gerber, Paul J., and others. "Beyond transition: a comparison of the employment experiences of American and Canadian adults with LD." Journal of learning disabilities, v. 37, July-Aug. 2004: 283-291.

Gramlich, Meredith, and others. "Work-based learning and future employment for youth: a guide for parents and guardians." NCSET information brief, v. 2, Oct. 2003. www.ncset.org/publications/printresource.asp?id=1222.

Griffin, Cary, and David Hammis. Making self-employment work for people with disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes, 2003. 242p. $35. (P.O. Box 10624, 21285).

Harrington, Thomas F., ed. Handbook of career planning for students with special needs. 3rd ed. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, 2004. 541p. $51. (8700 Shoal Creek Boulevard, 78757-6897).

"The interviewing edge for job seekers with disabilities." 2003. 20-minute video. $89.95. Program Development Associates.

Johnson, Kurt L., and others. "Medical, psychological, social, and programmatic barriers to employment for people with multiple sclerosis." Journal of rehabilitation, v. 70, Jan.-Feb.-Mar. 2004: 38-49.

Kaye, H. Stephen. "Improved employment opportunities for people with disabilities." San Francisco: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education, 2003. Available online at dsc.ucsf.edu/pub_listing.php?pub_type=report.

Kendrick, Deborah. Business owners who are blind or visually impaired. Jobs that matter series. New York: AFB Press, 2000. 148p. $24.95. Also available on audiocassette and computer disk. (P.O. Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143).

Kendrick, Deborah. Health care professionals who are blind or visually impaired. Jobs that matter series. New York: AFB Press, 2001. 126p. $24.95. Also available on audiocassette.

Kosciulek, John F. "Empowering people with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation counseling." American rehabilitation, v. 28, autumn 2004: 40-47.

Lamb, Peg, and others. "Building bridges toward science careers for youth with disabilities." NCSET research to practice brief, v. 3, Apr. 2004. www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=1494.

Langton, Anthony J., and Hunter Ramseur. "Enhancing employment outcomes through job accommodation and assistive technology resources and services." Journal of vocational rehabilitation, v. 16, no. 1, 2001: 27-37.

Luecking, Richard G., and Marianne Mooney. "Tapping employment opportunities for youth with disabilities by engaging effectively with employers." NCSET research to practice brief, v. 1, Dec. 2002. www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=716.

Luecking, Richard G., Kelli Crane, and Marianne Mooney. "Addressing the transition needs of youth with disabilities through the WIA [Workforce Investment Act] system." NCSET information brief, v. 1, issue 6, Dec. 2002. www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=703.

Meeting the needs of employees with disabilities. 4th ed. Winchester, MA: Resources for Rehabilitation, 2004. $46.95. (22 Bonad Road, 01890).

"Open futures: employees with disabilities." 2003. 10-minute video. $49.95. Program Development Associates. (P.O. Box 2038, Syracuse, NY 13220).

"Personal assistance services (PAS) in the workplace." Retrieved Oct. 14, 2002. www.jan.wvu.edu/media/PAS.html.

A practical guide to accommodating people with visual impairments in the workplace. New York: Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, Baruch College, 2002. 106p. $11.95. Available in print and on computer disk. (1 Bernard Baruch Way, Box H-0648, 10010).

Price, Lynda, Paul J. Gerber, and Robert Mulligan. "The Americans with Disabilities Act and adults with learning disabilities as employees: the realities of the workplace." Remedial and special education, v. 24, Nov.-Dec. 2003: 350-358.

Roessler, Richard T., Phillip D. Rumrill, and Shawn M. Fitzgerald. "Factors affecting the job satisfaction of employed adults with multiple sclerosis." Journal of rehabilitation, v. 70, July-Aug.-Sept. 2004: 42-50.

Ryan, Daniel J. Job search handbook for people with disabilities. 2d ed. Indianapolis: JIST Works, 2004. 274p. $17.95. (8902 Otis Avenue, 46216).

Social Security Administration. "2004 red book: a summary guide to employment support for individuals with disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs." Retrieved Oct. 5, 2004. www.ssa.gov/work/ResourcesToolkit/redbook.html.

Social Security Administration. "The Ticket To Work And Self-Sufficiency Program." SSA Publication No. 05-10061, 2001. Retrieved Oct. 5, 2004. www.ssa.gov/pubs/10061.html.

Thomas, Karen Lynn. Job hunting resources for people with vision impairments. Salem, OR: Blindskills, Inc., 2004. $10. Available in large print and on audiocassette and computer disk. (P.O. Box 5181, 97304-0181).

Unger, Darlene, and John Kregel. "Employers' knowledge and utilization of accommodations." Work: a journal of prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation, v. 21, no. 1, 2003: 5-15.

United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and the Center for Workforce Preparation. Disability employment 101. Washington, 2004. 44p. (Education Publications Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398, fax (301) 470-1244). Available online at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/products/employmentguide/index.html.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "ACTION: independence through employment, New Freedom Initiative 2002." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/nfi02/toc.htm.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "Employment rights: who has them and who enforces them." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/rights.htm.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "Getting down to business: a blueprint for creating and supporting entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals with disabilities." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/business/toc.htm.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "Ready, willing, and available: a business guide to improving your workforce by hiring people with disabilities." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/rwa00/toc.htm.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "Small business and self-employment for people with disabilities." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ek00/small.htm.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "Statistics about people with disabilities and employment." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ek01/stats.htm.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ek00/ticket.htm.

United States Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. "Workforce Investment Act of 1998: its application to people with disabilities." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ek01/act.htm.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "The ADA: your employment rights as an individual with a disability." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.eeoc.gov/facts/ada18.html.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "The ADA: your responsibilities as an employer." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.eeoc.gov/facts/ada17.html.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "Enforcement guidance: reasonable accommodation and undue hardship under the Americans with Disabilities Act." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/accommodation.html.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "Job applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act." Retrieved July 20, 2004. www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "Questions and answers about epilepsy in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)." Retrieved July 20, 2004. www.eeoc.gov/facts/epilepsy.html.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "Small employers and reasonable accommodation." Retrieved Sept. 7, 2004. www.eeoc.gov/facts/accommodation.html.

Wolffe, Karen E., and Anthony R. Candela. "A qualitative analysis of employers' experiences with visually impaired workers." Journal of visual impairment and blindness, v. 96, Sept. 2002: 622-634.

Selected Internet Resources

America's Career InfoNet


Provides links to occupational requirements and trends, labor market conditions, employer contacts nationwide, and a career resource library.

America's Job Bank


Offers job seekers a place to post a resume or search for job openings and a place for employers to post job listings.



Provides digital books, including the Employment and Career Development Collection from Lighthouse International, to United States citizens who have visual or other print disabilities that prevent reading standard print. Offers individual and school subscriptions.

Career and technical and vocational education


Provides links to general information about vocational education, career and technical education, and workforce preparation.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)


Focuses on the employment of college graduates with disabilities through a consortium of universities, employers, and federal government agencies.

Career Voyages


Provides links for students, parents, career changers, and career advisors to explore career options.

Disability and the workplace


Includes links to information on workplace issues such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability listservs, job hunting, law and legislation, organizations, and statistics.

Disability statistics


Provides demographic and employment statistics on people with disabilities in the United States and links to international sources for this information in foreign countries.

eSight Careers Network


Provides information on disability employment issues. Lists job postings.

Family Village: Employment Resources for People with Disabilities


Provides links to employment-related organizations and publications.

Family Village: Transition and the Internet


Includes links to general transition information, career-interest inventories, health, and legal information, and support for youth and young adults.

Healthy and Ready to Work


Provides links to services and materials for youth with special health care needs and online publications.



Offers employers a place to post their profiles and career opportunities and Latino job seekers a place to post their resumes and to read interview tips.

Network of Advanced Home Employment, Home Employment Database


Promotes home employment for people with disabilities.

O*NET (Occupational Information Network) OnLine


Provides occupational information that can be searched by occupation or by skills. Replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

PACER Center: Employment Strategies for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities


Offers links to topics such as preparing for employment, vocational rehabilitation, and publications.

Proyecto Visión


Provides links in English and Spanish to resources related to employment of people with disabilities in Latino and Hispanic communities. Announces current job, internship, and scholarship opportunities. Publishes an online bimonthly newsletter.



Offers resume posting, job posting, and resume searching free of charge to individuals and corporations.

School-to-Work Outreach Project (STWOP)


Completed the project in 1997, but continues to post the profiles of exemplary models, practices, and strategies developed by STWOP.



Provides information on federal government job opportunities for students.

Ticket to Work


Provides information about the Ticket to Work program, including news, resources, and employment networks.

United States Census Bureau disability data


Includes links to reports and data from Census Surveys such as the Survey of Income and Program Participation and research papers such as Employment, Earnings, and Disability.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Veterans Enterprise


Serves as the federal web portal for veterans in business and provides links to sites that give information on veteran-owned businesses, starting a business, funding, marketing, and mentoring.

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)


Supports the development and expansion of Business Leadership Networks across the country to promote best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities.

Vocational rehabilitation state offices


Lists vocational rehabilitation offices in alphabetical order by state.



Offers links to information, resources, and research about work and disability issues.

Carol Strauss
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