Employment for People with Disabilities

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One Stop Career Centers
Disability Program Navigators are availale in these centers in some states. DPNs who are located in One-Stop-Centers are able to assist individuals with disabilities and the One-Stop staf f with a variety of employment related services.  https://www.careeronestop.org

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The Job Accomodation Network (JAN)
JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by:
1) Providing individualized worksite accomodations solutions,
2) Providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation.
3) Educating callers about self-employment options.
(800) 526-7234 voice/tty

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Illinois Department Of Human Services Disability & Rehabilitation
Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our state’s residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency. https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29727

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CIS Junior CIS Junior is for middle and early junior high school students. CIS Junior offers an 80 question survey that helps students identify occupations they may be interested in exploring. It includes information about what jobs pay and which high school subjects are needed – all written for the 5th grade reading level. The My CIS Portfolio is transferable to CIS when the student enters high school. https://ides.illinois.gov

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Illinois Work Net Center
For the purpose of expanding economic opportunity, the Illinois workNet® Portal and Program utilizes partnerships and technology to expand seamless and real-time access to workforce development resources aimed at individuals, businesses and workforce professionals. Innovative partnerships span state economic development, workforce development, education agencies, and local workforce investment boards along with their public and private partners including local governments, community colleges and non-profit organizations. Through partnerships that leverage technology, a common vision to plan for the economic futures of communities and provide a seamless array of services is realized. https://www.illinoisworknet.com

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Career Guide for People With Disabilities
In this guide you will find:

  • Job-Search 101 – All You Need to Know
  • Know Your Rights – All You Need to Know About ADA
  • 73+ Careers for People With Disabilities
  • Top 9 Job Sites for People With Disabilities
  • FAQ – Everything You Need to Know
  • Other Resources


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Office Of Disability Employment Policy/Youth (ODEP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce Disability for Youth, has identified Guideposts for Success. The Guideposts reflect what research has identified as key educational and career development interventions that can make a positive difference in the lives of all youth, including youth with disabilities.https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/program-areas/individuals/youth


National Collaborative on Workforce And Disability
Navigating The Road To Work, Making The Connection Between Disabilities & Employment.
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. https://transitionta.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/postsecondary_preparing-students-with-disabilities-to-succeed.pdf