Employment Resources

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Founded in 1940 to provide input into the State-Federal Rehabilitation Program, the council is the only national organization whose sole purpose and function is to advocate for the Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program. CSAVR’s mission is to maintain and enhance a strong, effective and efficient national program of public vocational rehabilitation services, which empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence and inclusion and integration into our communities. It is composed of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the states, the District of Columbia and the territories.

These agencies constitute the state partners in the state-federal program of rehabilitation services provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The council’s members supervise the rehabilitation of some 1.2 million persons with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
JAN is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, ADA and the employability of people with disabilities.

Social Security Administration, Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work Program is a nationwide initiative administered by the Social Security Administration designed to increase job training and employment choices for individuals with disabilities. Employers that offer (or arrange for) job training, vocational rehabilitation (VR), support, retention or other types of job-related services and assistance for individuals with disabilities can become Employment Networks and are eligible for compensation for services. Employers can directly provide, or arrange for, appropriate employment services including job readiness, placement, VR,training and support or retention services for individuals with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
RSA oversees formula and discretionary grant programs that help individuals with disabilities obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, job training and other individualized services.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youths with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. Employers can find examples of best practices and guidance on how to account for the needs of people with disabilities in the workplace, including their safe evacuation from the workplace during emergencies.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)   
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) helps employers recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities. In addition to hosting webinars and other events, EARN also maintains a website, AskEARN.org, which provides information on: recruiting and hiring; retention and advancement; laws and regulations; creating an accessible and welcoming workplace; and federal contractor requirements. The website also offers a variety of resources to assist state and federal government agencies in making their workforces more inclusive and reflective of the citizens they serve.

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)  
To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors five policy development and technical assistance resources. One of these is the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), which promotes the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology.

Workforce Recruitment Program   
Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Workforce Recruitment Program provides summer work experience, and in some cases fulltime employment, for students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies and businesses. Each year, recruiters develop a database of approximately 1,500 qualified students that employers can use to recruit interns.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities  
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) is a unique and dynamic national professional association comprised of more than 600 colleges and universities and over 500 major national employers.  COSD's mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities on a national basis.  COSD works with higher education institutions and assists them in developing collaborative relationships between the Disability Services and Career Services offices on campuses.  The result is students with disabilities are better prepared and more competitive in the career search.  COSD closely works with employers to identify innovative methods of recruiting and hiring college graduates with disabilities, including creation of internship opportunities or encouraging participation of employers in specialized internship and recruiting programs that focus on college students with disabilities.

Disability Resources on the Internet     
Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently. We disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.