Statewide Information Resource & Referral for Advocacy & Service for People with Developmental Disabilities

Employment Related Links
Matches job-ready people with disabilities to employers through technology.

APSE – Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst
APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 as the Association for Persons in Supported Employment, now known as APSE. APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our new initiative, HR Connect, offers consultation services to help businesses reach out to and partner with one of the strongest labor and customer pools in the country: the disability community.

Choose Work – Information on the Ticket to Work Program
Choose fulfillment. Choose earnings. Choose work.  Choose Work through the Ticket to Work program, offering people with disabilities* a shot at achieving financial independence by enabling more choice in employment-related support services, and access to meaningful work.

Creating a Path to Employment – Tips for Parents with Children with Disabilities
Information from the Office of Disability Employment Policy – U.S. Department of Labor for parents.

DePaul Study: Workers with Disabilities Perform Well
A 2008 study at DePaul University has found employees with disabilities from the healthcare, retail and hospitality sectors were just as dependable and productive as employees without disabilities. – Employment
This section of offers job seekers, employers, and employees practical information about finding a job, recruiting and hiring people with disabilities, and job accommodations.

disabilityworks, an exciting initiative from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the City of Chicago, is designed to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities throughout Illinois.

Diversity World
Enriching Workplaces and Reducing Employment Barriers …

EARN – Employer Assistance and Resource Network
Resources to help employers recruit, hire, retain and advance individuals with disabilities.

Equip for Equality – Employment Rights Information
Helpful fact sheets and information related to Employment Rights.

Essential Skills to Getting a Job: What Young People with Disabilities Need to Know
Often referred to as “soft skills”, work ethic, communication, teamwork and critical thinking are all must have’s for youth in today’s job market.

Illinois Employment First 
Illinois has adopted an Employment First policy via the Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40) in 2013.  This law states that “competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age” and requires all State agencies to follow the policy as well as ensure its effective implementation within their programs and services. 

Illinois IPS – Pathways to Employment
The purpose of this program is to enhance state capacity to expand evidence-based supported employment programs for adults with mental illnesses.

Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities
The Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota provides this resource to help girls with disabilities prepare for work.

Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is not a job placement service, but an international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities.

NCWD for Youth – National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available. Don’t forget to check out the Videos tab under Publications & Resources!

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
A World In Which People With Disabilities Have Unlimited Employment Opportunities

PEAT – Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology.

People Working Wikispace
This site is designed to celebrate the success of people with significant developmental disabilities who are working in paid jobs throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Real People, Real Jobs
This site highlights the employment successes of people with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities. Through the use of innovative, front-line employment support practices, these individuals are earning money, forming networks, and contributing to their communities. Learn more about these people and the promising practices that led to their success.

Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce: Including Talents of Young People with Disabilities
Youth with disabilities bring fresh, new perspectives that enrich strategies for meeting business challenges and achieving success.

Start Now to Chart Your Youth’s Career Path After Graduation
From Pacer Center. A high school diploma opens the doors to many exciting, new opportunities. This handout looks at a variety of options available to young adults after high school such as employment, postsecondary training or education and self-employment.

Think Beyond The
Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities.

Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace – Why, When, What, and How
When you leave school and enter the workforce, many aspects of your life change. Among the many differences, is the requirement to share information about your disability if you want your employer to provide you with reasonable accommodations.

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