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Taking Control: Career Tips for People with Disabilities
The Disability Community has always been woefully under-employed, with little change following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Job discrimination for people with disabilities remains extremely high—as much as 75 per cent and just 50.6% of college graduates with disabilities are employed. Thus, the bigger job of educating the business world falls to a smaller minority of workers with disabilities. That in itself, is a full-time job.
To learn how to better "communicate" your skills and unique potential, see the video stream below. Taking Control: Career Tips for People with Disabilities provides excellent, practical strategies for obtaining active, gainful employment. The video is presented by experts in the field of disability employment, and is produced with funding provided by The JM Foundation, New York, 2002.
Click here for the video, Taking Control: Career Tips for People with Disabilities.
This web publication focuses on pre and post graduation college-to-career strategies. It provides in-college career preparation strategies for post-graduate success, common job-hunting challenges and actionable solutions and proactive resources for a successful jump from college-to-career.
Career Guide for College Students with Disabillities
This guide from Maryville University offers information for students with disabilities in order to help them with their career search. The guide covers everything from knowing your rights, to mental and physical disabilities as well as how to prep for a career in college so students can enter the workforce as competitive candidates for a job.
This program targets transitioning teens and adults with disabilities to build skills for the workplace. It is a private, tuition-based program conducted on site and on-line. Qualifiying participants have access to internship possibilities. No Boundaries is a partnership between JJ's List and Search, Inc.
Are you a veteran? The Veteran's Guide to Getting Hired has links to the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, a one-on-one counseling program to help disabled veterans develop a resume, find a job, train for a job, make accommodations for a job, start a business, and learn to live independently. Veterans with spinal cord injuries can participate in Operation Pave. This program provides many of the same features, but targets veterans with spinal cord injuries, their family members and caregivers.
If you've considered starting your own business, here is a how-to guide for vets covering the 3 steps to starting a business, 20 resources for veterans starting and managing a business, financing, as well as business loans and grants that are available.
Business Ideas for People with Disabilities
This site provides ideas and guidance for starting a business. It includes links to resources such as the Small Business Association, and the IRS. Government incentives, ideas about start-ups specifically for people with disabilities, franchise opportunities, and financing are all covered. If you're considering starting your own business, start here with this wealth of resources.
Employees Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
This information from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides basic info for the ADA, how to request an accommodation and what types of accommodations can be requesting, how to negotiate an accommodation, what to do if an accommodation is denied and more.
U.S. Small Business Administration: Fund Your Business
Here are ideas from the SBA helping you determine how much funding you'll need to start your own business, how to fund it with self-funding, investors, crowdfunding, loans, SBA-guaranteed loans and other SBA investment programs.