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Office of Disability Employment Policy

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Integrated Employment Toolkit

  1. Employers

    Employers
    Companies of all sizes benefit from having a skilled workforce that is adaptable to meet business needs. Targeted technical assistance, existing business models, and other relevant resources to support the hiring of people with disabilities are available to help employers modernize their workforce and tap into a broader range of human capital. This section includes basic information about the process and the resources available.

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  2. Community Employment Agencies

    Community Employment Agencies
    Community Employment Agencies are critical resources for assisting job seekers with disabilities find integrated, community-based employment opportunities that reflect the individuals' preferences, skills and abilities. Whether agencies are already using a community-based employment approach or are considering developing the increased capacity to do so, this section highlights issues to consider and provides practical, applicable resources to support effective service delivery.

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  3. Individuals & Family Members

    Individuals and Family Members
    Finding a job of your choice or starting your own business is an exciting step in building a successful, satisfying career. Collected here are resources to help individuals with disabilities and their family members evaluate employment options and advocate for the one that fits them best.

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  4. Policymakers

    Policymakers
    Well-aligned public policies promote integrated, community-based employment among both providers and customers. Several states and the Federal government have already identified integrated employment as the optimal choice for employment for people with disabilities. This section includes materials, tools and resources to support effective disability employment policy.

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  5. Researchers

    Researchers
    This section includes research about integrated, community-based employment for people with disabilities with a special focus on evidence-based practices for its implementation. Articles and papers address organizational capacity and individual, community, and economic outcomes.

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Adult Youth Youth

Finding a job of your choice or starting your own business is an exciting step in building a successful, satisfying career. Collected here are resources to help individuals with disabilities and their family members evaluate employment options and advocate for the one that fits them best.

  • Q&A: Individuals and Family Members - Adult

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    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 globe 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 pdf file PDF

    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 globe 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 pdf file PDF

    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 globe 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 pdf file PDF

    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 globe 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 pdf file PDF

    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 pdf file PDF

    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 pdf file PDF

    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 pdf file PDF

    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 globe 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) pdf file PDF

    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 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 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 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 globe 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 pdf file PDF

    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 globe 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 pdf file PDF

    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.