how do you get them, where do you get them, what can you do to
improve your chances...? These sites are geared for individuals
with disabilities seeking employment, employers who want to know
more about hiring people with disabilities, and policymakers.
Work is a consortium of some of North America's largest employers
who are "dedicated to increasing the employment of people
with disabilities through a coordinated effort." College
graduates with disabilities may use the site to explore online
job postings or post their resumes for review by Fortune 1000
"a membership organization formed to improve and expand
integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for
persons experiencing disabilities." Its website includes
general information about supported employment and related links
as well as information about the organization and its activities.
Check the Products & Publications section for downloadable
three times a year, this listing of job opportunities seeks to
attract candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including those
with disabilities, for positions with major national employers.
for employers and service providers, this site provides information
about a project launched in early 2001, in cooperation with the
U.S. Department of Labor, "to build a premier, national
employment service that will increase the representation of people
with disabilities in the workforce."
President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, this section of the
DisabilityDirect.gov website offers links to government resources,
services and websites relating to the employment of people with
disabilities. Included are links relating to careers in information
technology (IT), federal contracting, insurance, interviewing,
job accommodations, job and resume banks, One-Stop Career Centers,
personal assistance services, and much more. DisabilityDirect.gov
also includes a separate section of resources
a website "where people who are visually impaired or physically
disabled build resources for managing their careers." After
you register to join the network, you will find a wide variety
of articles, discussion boards, and related resources for job-seekers,
entrepreneurs, and employers. Some of the articles focus on hard-to-find
topics such as internships and home-based businesses. The online
newsletter is worth signing up for. The main focus is for people
with visual impairments.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) oversees the employment
provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This
page of the EEOC web site includes links to a variety of EEOC
publications about the ADA's employment provisions.
organization brings together research centers, universities,
government departments, trade unions, organizations representing
disabled persons "for the promotion of research as well
as the collection, analysis and international exchange of information
concerning persons with disabilities in the world of work."
The web site includes an "infobase" of text documents
and bibliographic references.
of the President's Committee on the Employment of People with
Disabilities, 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. JAN also provides
information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."
The web site provides links to the U.S. and Canadian JAN networks,
which contain information about JAN, job accommodations, the
ADA, and related links.
effort of Career Mosaic and Ability magazine, this web
site offers employers the opportunity to post job openings and
search an online resume bank. Individuals with disabilities can
search for jobs by geographical area or job category.
Business & Disability Council (NBDC) assists the business
community in providing full access to their places of business
and employment. In addition to information about the organization
and its services to businesses, this site has a resume posting
service for college graduates with disabilities to share with
Fortune 1000 companies.
the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities,
the mission of ODEP is "to bring a heightened and permanent
long-term focus to the goal of increasing employment of persons
with disabilities." Its website includes information about
the office's programs and services, news, links, local liaisons,
and more. The former committee's excellent publications can be
found in the library.
part of disabledperson.com, aims to link employers (who can post
jobs) to jobseekers (who can post their resumes). Employers and
jobseekers need to register with their e-mail addresses. We visited
this site in August 2001 because it was heralded by the generally
authoritative disability.gov, and were very disappointed; of
the ten most recent companies to register, only one job listed.
By December 2001, the site had grown considerably, especially
with useful articles and tips; the number of job listings was
still very limited, but better.
"The Work Site," the SSA/OESP website provides information
about benefits and services for Social Security recipients who
want to re-enter the workforce. Separate sections offer a wealth
of information for youth with disabilities, employers, beneficiaries,
service providers, and advocates. The site also includes information
about the new "Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement
Act of 1999" and "The Redbook," a reference source
for service providers seeking information about the employment-related
provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental
website provides information and resources relating to telecommunicating
options for people with disabilities. It includes pages for telecommuters
and employers, as well as an excellent collection of links.
by Virginia Commonwealth University in collaboration with business
partners, this web site is a "gateway to information, resources,
and services regarding the employment of people with disabilities."
Focusing on employers, the site offers good topical overviews,
articles, contact information, and online learning opportunity.
Topics covered include disability management, workforce diversity,
accommodations, bridge to employment, law and policy, supported
employment, and workforce training.