Resources For Disabled Jobseekers
We have all heard the saying ignorance is bliss. The reality is far from it. For those who are faced with physical and cognitive disabilities, the job search process can be down right cruel. That is because of the lack of understanding that the majority of people who aren't disabled have for what it means to be disabled or how to deal with it entirely. A second problem that is underlying the ignorance is fear. So many are terrified by even the mention of the word disabled. Many can't imagine what they would do if they were disabled, to the point where they remark that "life for me would be over if something happens and I end up in a wheelchair." Let's be honest with ourselves. The majority of us who are not disabled can agree that when it comes to this issue, we do not have a very good comprehension of the struggles and stigma that are unfairly placed on those among us who have to live with a disability. So much more need to be done in our country to close this gap.
Physical and cognitive disabilities shouldn’t stop you from a successful job search. Whether you're dealing with a vision or hearing impairment, or some other physical or cognitive limitation; arthritis, perhaps, or PTSD, disability can add special challenges to finding a job. To help those with a disability search for a job, here is a selection of Information, resources and websites.
Job Search Websites & Job Training Resources
AbilityLinks: Nationwide, web-based community where qualified job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities. Online virtual job fairs.
Bender Consulting Services: Mission is to recruit and hire people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors.
Career Opportunities to Students with Disabilities (COSD): Uniquely serves college students with disabilities. Career Gateway system for students to search for job postings and for employers to post jobs.
Dreamers Merchants Coffee Company: Working to increase the employment rate of individuals with a disability.
Enable America: Works to help people with disabilities find jobs. Has a jobs board of various openings, from all over the country, which companies are able to post and job seekers can apply for.
Getting Hired: A recruitment solution dedicated to helping inclusive employers hire professional individuals and veterans with disabilities.
Hire Disability Solutions LLC: Committed to work for people with disabilities. Provide career services, post resume, search for jobs, access to resources for self employment.
HirePotential: Focuses solely on the employment of people with disabilities, mature workers and veterans while working with companies and employers to provide services, education and resources on accommodations and accessibility.
NIB CareersWithVision®: Employment resource created in collaboration with AFB CareerConnect® to serve people who are blind and seeking employment with NIB associated nonprofit agencies.
Learn How To Become: Information about navigating the path to employment as a person with a disability, and about how to evaluate an employer’s standards of accessibility, accommodation and acceptance in order to find the right career fit.
Federal Disability Employment Resources
USAJobs: Application portal for career opportunities within the federal government. Of special interest to job seekers with disabilities, use this site in conjunction with the Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC) directory. The directory lists the SPPC contact, which helps to recruit, hire and accommodate people with disabilities within each government agency. The SPPC will be able to connect people with disabilities to jobs posted in the USA Jobs website.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): Provides extensive list of employment resources, benefits information, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, health, housing, technology and transportation for people with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Education (DOED): Published variety of guidebooks that provide a range of explanations, further information and resources on a variety of disability services, including legal and policy definitions about eligibility.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Offers a range of toolkits and resources for people with disabilities looking to start their own business and connects individuals to financial information regarding starting a business.
State Level Employment Resources
State Apprenticeship Information: All 50 states offer a wide range of apprenticeship programs leading to meaningful careers and credentials. Because of the new workforce law, all of these programs now are legally open and accessible for job seekers with disabilities.
State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Offices: Find a list of each state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Office, the contact information of the point person and links to website with further information and resources specific to each state and their unique employment services for people with disabilities.
Ticket to Work Program: Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career and become financially independent, all while keeping their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.
Working While Disabled: How We Can Help: The Social Security Administration offers this pamphlet to guide people who receive disability benefits on employment and employment issues. There are discussions about how to keep benefits and have a job.
Look For The Next Of This Two Part Series DISABLED DOESN'T MEAN UNABLE - Part 2
It will provide disabled job seekers with the techniques and helpful information to navigate the process of finding a job.
I'm having a terrible time trying to find a job, it's so hard to find one here, and Gary and I don't know who will hire a disabled person in their early twenties. I've fallen on hard times and will be homeless in a few months if I don't get a job. This has put a lot of mental stress on me and I don't know what to do anymore. I've tried everything and it all fails. #disabled #jobsearch #advice
I am a disabled person looking to re-establish myself into the working world. I loved the job with Nabisco and would love to do it again, Its just not possible at this time. So I am looking to use my work experience and college in another way.
Ya so I was once working in a sales dept and they fired me because no one was buying. I have this disability that mean i have problems and issues and i think the company should just accept that and let me work there I have trouble communicating but i want to work sales I showed up to work each day on time. pay was good. But Im suing them for discrimination its not my fault i have trouble selling stuff. I got problems and issues. #termination #jobsearch #disabled
I RECENTLY BROKE MY RIGHT HAND AT WORK,,I DID TAKE 5 DAYS OFF BEFORE RETURNING..BUT NOW I AM BEING VERBALY HARASSED BY COWORKERS WHEN I GET HELP..MY BOSS TRIES TO STOP IT BUT CANT B THERE ALL THE TIME,,CAN I QUIT AND NOT GET THIS BLACKBALLED ON MY RESUME,,,I DID FILE FOR DISABILITY JUST WAITING ON THAT
Does Kelly find positions for disable people?