ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Integrated Employment Toolkit
Q&A: Individuals and Family Members - Adult
- 1. What are some examples of people succeeding in the job they want?
Title Author Resource Real People, Real Jobs: Stories from the Front Line The Institute for Community Inclusion URL
This Web site showcases people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) working real jobs in the community and highlights supporting strategies and work supports.
Nan's Pisas: Un Gran Exito (A Great Success) The New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Supports Division
Eduardo Morales followed his passion for making jewelry and his desire to be his own boss to start Nan's Pisas, a business that allows him to work a flexible schedule and make good money doing work he loves.
Walgreens Program Puts the "Able" in Disabled MSNBC URL
A Walgreens distribution center in South Carolina is well on the way to reaching its goal of filling at least one-third of its 800-person workforce with people with disabilities. See how this major chain store accommodates, appreciates, and promotes its diverse workforce.
Self-Employment Q&A: Successful Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Speak Out Cary Griffin and David Hammis
Entrepreneurs with disabilities reflect on the challenges and rewards of owning their own businesses and share advice for their peers.
Successful Customized Employment Placement Videos Connect-Ability URL
These videos share the stories of people with disabilities who work in a wide range of professions, from biological laboratory technician to staff attorney at a legal clinic to trucking company owner. (Approximately 00:03:00 each)
- 2. How can I get help getting the job I want?
Title Author Resource What Is A One-Stop Career Center? Fact Sheet The Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Learn how One-Stop Career Centers train and screen job searchers and connect them to employers who are hiring. This fact sheet also contains information relevant to small business owners who may be looking to recruit new employees.
Find a One-Stop Career Center Near You The U.S. Department of Labor URL
Use this Web site to search for a One-Stop Career Center near you. You'll also find information about training and benefits available to the unemployed.
Customized Employment Q&A: Workplace Supports Virginia Commonwealth University and the Institute for Community Inclusion
This fact sheet explains what workplace supports are - partners and procedures that help people get their jobs done efficiently and effectively - and how they are used by employees with and without disabilities. It also covers how to assess when additional supports are needed and who can help implement them.
Customized Employment Q&A The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
This brief explains the basics of customized employment, including the role of the job developer or personal agent and the assessment and negotiation processes.
- 3. I want to make my own decisions about where I work. How can I do that?
Title Author Resource Self-Advocacy: Opening the Door to One Stop Career Center Services? Fact Sheet The Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Learn how being a self-advocate can help you maximize the quality of services received at a One-Stop Career Center and find the job you want!
Networking: A Consumer Guide to an Effective Job Search The Institute for Community Inclusion
This guide demystifies "networking," including what it means, how you do it, and how it can help you land the perfect job! It also provides some sample questions to ask during an informational interview.
The Work Site: About the Ticket to Work Program The Social Security Administration URL
This Web site explains the Ticket to Work Program and other Social Security Administration programs and work incentives that help you transition into work without losing your benefits.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD)
This interactive workbook guides young adults through making the decision about disclosing their disabilities using a self-determination framework.
- 4. If I want to own my own business, what services and supports are available to assist me?
Title Author Resource Resources for Small Business Development Virginia Commonwealth University and Griffin-Hammis and Associates, LLC Webcast
This online seminar contains short clips on the formal and informal supports that are available to help start a small business.
Small Business Development Centers: An Interview with Bill Wersell, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center Northwestern OH Virginia Commonwealth University and Griffin-Hammis and Associates, LLC Webcast
Learn about the services offered by SBA Small Business Development Centers, including group classes on the business planning process and one-on-one consultation to develop your business idea.
How to Finance a Business Virginia Commonwealth University and Griffin-Hammis and Associates, LLC Webcast
Listen to this online seminar for an unintimidating introduction to small business financing, including the resources you or your family will contribute (equity) and what you'll borrow as loans (debt). It also explains how to develop a loan proposal and what lenders will look for when making their decision.
Resources for Individuals with Disabilities Considering Self-Employment The Abilities Fund URL
The Abilities Fund Web site offers a series of short articles about topics to consider when exploring self-employment and getting your business off the ground. Topics such as choosing a business idea, home based businesses, legal business structures, and more are addressed.
- 5. How will working and earning wages affect my Social Security benefits?
Title Author Resource Get a Job! How Employment Affects Your Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid Benefits Connie Ferrell, Valerie Brooke, John Kregel, and Elizabeth Getzel
This simple guide explains how working affects your SSI and Medicaid benefits. It includes information about SSI employment supports: 1619 A&B, earned income exclusion, impairment related work expense, blind work expense, Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS), and Expedited Reinstatement (Easy Back On), and gives detailed examples of how people have managed the finances of working, going to school, and supporting themselves.
WorkWORLD Profile Cases Virginia Commonwealth University Employment Support Institute URL
These case studies show how individuals can enter the workforce while still maintaining important benefits or end assistance altogether and still attain self-sufficiency. A range of subsidies is addressed.
Customized Employment Q&A: Addressing Concerns Related to Losing Social Security and Health Care Benefits Virginia Commonwealth University and the Institute for Community Inclusion
This fact sheet answers common questions about SSDI/SSI/CDB eligibility, how to maintain Medicaid and other benefit coverage when going to work, how and what to report to the SSA when you go to work, and work supports and incentives.