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Concerns about Accommodation, By Guest Blogger Paula Reuben Vieillet, President and Founder, Employment Options Inc.; November 10, 2016

Workplaces Can Be Particularly Stressful For Disabled Americans, Poll Finds, By Yuki Noguchi, July 13, 2016

Autism Can Be An Asset In The Workplace, Employers And Workers Find, By Yuki Noguchi, NPR, May 18, 2016

EEOC Issues New Resource Document Addressing Issues Related to Leave and Disability, From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), May 09, 2016

Section 503 and Social Security's Ticket to Work Virtual Job Fair, From SSA Ticket to Work, February 24, 2016

I Am Getting Social Security Disability Benefits and Want to Work. How Do I Get Started?, By Guest Blogger Marsha V. Robinson-Vaden, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support, Social Security Administration, from Disability Blog, February 22, 2016

Registration now open for 2016 Employment First Summit, From the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities, January 14, 2016

EEOC Launches Direct Video Access to ASL Speakers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), December 11, 2015

Survey shown effective in helping states improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, By the University of Kansas, November 13, 2015

Has The ADA Broken Its Economic Promises To People With Disabilities?, By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight, August 24,2015

Disabled Americans Still Struggle to Find Employment: an ADA Update, By Cecil Caulkins, The Legal Broadcast Network, August 04, 2015

Accommodation Information by Limitation, By Guest Blogger Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., Principal Consultant, Job Accommodation Network (JAN), Disability Blog, June 09, 2015

Survey: Most Americans with disabilities 'striving to work', By Holly Ramer (AP), Kansas City Star, June 02, 2015

Apply for the 2015 Youth Transitions Fellowship by May 15!, From the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), May 01, 2015

A Roadmap to "Life After High School", By Guest Blogger Tracey Fecher, Vice President of Programs for Community Gatepath, Disability Blog, April 15, 2015

Feds Take Aim At Sheltered Workshops, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, April 14, 2015

Job Search Tips from the Pros, By Guest Blogger Paula Reuben Vieillet, President and Founder of Employment Options Inc., Disability Blog, January 06, 2015

Report: People With Disabilities Paid A Third Less, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, January 06, 2015

A Seasonal Job – Should I Take It?, By Guest Blogger Paula Reuben Vieillet, President and Founder of Employment Options Inc., Disability Blog, November 05, 2014

Think Beyond the Label Online Job Fair - October 22, 2014, Noon to 3pm

More Kansas City area companies, programs try to match people with disabilities with the right jobs, By Susan Fotovich McCabe, Kansas City Star, October 07, 2014

Vermont closed workshops for people with disabilities; what happened next?, By Halle Stockton, PublicSource, September 28, 2014

$14.8M in grants announced by US Labor Department to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities, From the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL), September 25, 2014

Advocates Cracking Down On Sheltered Workshops, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, August 15, 2014

Obama Signs Law Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, July 22, 2014

Helping the Mentally Ill Join the Workforce, By Michael Ollove, Stateline, July 14, 2014

Report: Adults With Serious Mental Illnesses Face 80% Unemployment, By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News, July 10, 2014

Sheltered Workshop Eligibility May Soon Be Limited, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, June 26, 2014

Deal In Congress Would Discourage Sheltered Workshops, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, May 23, 2014

New rules on hiring disabled workers, vets go into effect for federal contractors, By Susan Weich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 24, 2014

Obama to include disabled workers in minimum wage order, By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, February 12, 2014

Obama Administration Weighing Subminimum Wage Options, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, February 07, 2014

NCIL Joins Broad Coalition Urging the President to Include Workers with Disabilities in Executive Order, By , February 05, 2014

Workers With Disabilities Left Out Of Obama Wage Plan, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, January 31, 2014

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

The goal of ABILITYjobs/ABILITYresume and JobAccess is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. By posting job opportunities, employers not only exhibit an open door policy but also demonstrate their responsiveness to affirmative action by genuinely recruiting qualified persons with disabilities.

The ADA National Network is a national network of 10 regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC) that provide the most complete and experienced services for up-to-date information, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, employers, government entities, and individuals with disabilities.

Disability.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. This section of Disability.gov covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities.

Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor — This Advisor is designed to help employers determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization. The Advisor also helps recipients of federal financial assistance understand their responsibilities under these laws.

Employment1st.org - Across Kansas, there are many people trapped by attitudes toward their physical and mental disabilities, attitudes that deem them unemployable. The Employment1st.org website shows how wrong those attitudes are. In a series of stories, you will find information of interest to employers, to families and supporters, and to people with disabilities about how employment success is achieved.

The Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN) provides federal and private employers with free consulting services and resources to support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of people with disabilities. EARN connects employers with national networks of available job seekers through relationships with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to providing these linkages, EARN also provides high quality up-to-date online information and technical assistance to promote the inclusion of employees with disabilities in the workplace.

Envision is a private, not-for-profit agency uniquely combining employment opportunities with rehabilitation services and public education. Our Mission To enhance the personal independence of individuals whose blindness or low vision, often accompanied by other disabilities, impacts their opportunities for employment, success, and integration into community life.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal civil rights laws dealing with employment and provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.

The Job Accommodation Network or JAN, is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

Kessler Foundation 2015 National Employment and Disability Survey, The survey identifies strategies that Americans with disabilities use to search for work and navigate barriers, accommodations that are helpful to obtain and maintain employment, and factors that contribute to unemployment. (Survey Results - PDF | Word, Executive Summary - PDF | Word)

JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system is designed to let users explore various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings. These accommodation ideas are not all inclusive. If you do not find answers to your questions, please contact JAN directly. The staff of experienced consultants is happy to discuss specific accommodation needs in a confidential manner.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program's Website is dedicated to providing information about veteran benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to veterans, employers, and the general public.

The Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is designed to assess, plan, develop and provide VR services to eligible individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice. By providing services in this way, the VR program enables individuals with disabilities to prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

PEATworks.org is a comprehensive Web portal for ODEP's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). The website's content aims to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practice so that all workers can benefit.

Ticket to Work is a voluntary program offered by the Social Security Administration that helps people with disabilities who want to work by providing them with free support services. While you explore your work options or go back to school, the Ticket Program and special rules, called Work Incentives, help you stay in control of your healthcare and cash benefits. You can select any approved service provider, called an Employment Network (EN), to help you. Once you choose an EN, together you develop an individualized plan that spells out how the EN will help you meet your employment goals. Or you can work with the local State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency.

Kansas Working Healthy Program - Many people with disabilities want to work but worry that doing so could jeopardize their vital health and long term care coverage. Working Healthy offers Kansans with disabilities who are working or interested in working the opportunity to get or keep Medicaid coverage while on the job.

Think College! College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities - Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.

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Publications

A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment. A 2-page pamphlet for people with disabilities providing a general explanation of the employment provisions of the ADA and how to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Spanish edition available from the ADA Information Line). Employment (HTML) | Employment (PDF)

An Uneven Playing Field: The Lack of Equal Pay for People With Disabilities, This report by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) uses the latest U. S. Census data to examine the wage disparity between people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers and offers solutions to address the problem.

Employers’ Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication from the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a summary of some of the most frequent issues that employers have regarding accommodations and ADA compliance and JAN’s practical ideas for resolving them.

High Expectations: Transforming the American Workforce as the ADA Generation Comes of Age, US Senate HELP Committee Report, September 26, 2013 - This report examines the lives of the young people who make up the ADA Generation. This report shares their firsthand experiences in education, with disability benefit programs, with transition programs, and in the workforce. It includes a series of recommendations for bipartisan reforms intended to improve the programs that support the ADA Generation as they pursue their employment goals.

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, February 2015 - This resource guide provides employers with plain language technical assistance tools in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The goal of this guide is to help employers implement commonsense solutions to ensure that people with disabilities, like all Americans, have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in good jobs and careers.

Return-to-Work Toolkit for Employees & Employers, This new toolkit, from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), helps employers and employees understand the return-to-work process. It provides resources to help get employees who experience an illness or injury back on the job quickly and smoothly. The employee toolkit includes information about job accommodations, preparing for a job interview, resume writing, self-employment and employment-related laws. The employer toolkit has information about strategies such as offering the opportunity to work part-time, telecommuting, modifying work duties or schedules, as well as resources that can help employers retain the talents of older workers.

Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness, July 2014, This report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) examines the reasons behind the abysmally low employment rate for individuals with mental illness and offers recommendations to remedy the problem.

Segregated & Exploited: The Failure of the Disability Service System to Provide Quality Work, January 2011 - This National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) report identifies the barriers to employment that people with disabilities face and dispels myths about their capability to be fully employed, equally compensated, and an integral member of American workplaces and communities. It illustrates a systemic failure to provide hope and opportunity to young people with disabilities who want to transition into traditional work but instead wind up trapped in a sheltered workshop with little chance for something different.

Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority, U.S. Senate HELP Committee, July 2012 - This report describes the dismal disability employment situation, points to some recent developments that create an historic opportunity to bring more workers with disabilities into the labor force, and calls on the leadership in Congress and the Administration, in the business community, and in society at large to elevate this issue to a national priority.


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