Employment


"Many of us, particularly those of us with disabilities who have faced persistent discrimination throughout our lives, take enormous pride in our hard-fought jobs and careers." -Stella Young

Maine Department of Labor: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.



"The Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as "VR", is a Bureau of Rehabilitation program that has a primary goal of assisting interested individuals who have disabilities to get and keep a job. VR can assist students with disabilities in coordinating information and resources as they transition from high school to adult life. This is a time-limited program. Generally speaking, once an individual is employed for at least 90 days in a job agreed upon by the individual and the VR counselor, services are ended."

     http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dvr/

Pre-Employment Transition Services



"DVR is now offering Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities, beginning at age 14 (9th grade) who are eligible, or potentially eligible for VR services."

     http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dvr/youth_transition.shtml

Maine Business Leadership Network



The Maine Business Leadership Network will assist businesses to drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace and marketplace.

     http://mainebln.org/

Social Security Disability Benefits



"To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability. In general, we pay monthly cash benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability"

     https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/

     Maine Medical Center Benefits Counseling Services



"Work Incentives are special rules that apply when a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI, DWD, CDB) beneficiary or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient returns to work. There are many different types of work incentives that may protect your eligibility for benefits including MaineCare or Medicare, and that may make you eligible for funding to advance your career. The rules are different depending on whether you receive SSI or Social Security for disability. If you receive both benefits, both sets of rules apply."

U.S. Office of Personnel Management



"The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) serves as the chief human resources agency and personnel policy manager for the Federal Government. OPM provides human resources leadership and support to Federal agencies and helps the Federal workforce achieve their aspirations as they serve the American people. OPM directs human resources and employee management services, administers retirement benefits, manages healthcare and insurance programs, oversees merit-based and inclusive hiring into the civil service, and provides a secure employment process."

     https://www.opm.gov/

OPM Disability Employment



"The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. We offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement. Hiring people with disabilities into Federal jobs is fast and easy. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process."

     https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/

Jobs Accommodation Network (JAN)



"The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace."

     https://askjan.org/index.html

National Collaborative on Workforce or Disability



"The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. The NCWD/Youth, created in 2001, is composed of partners with expertise in education, youth development, disability, employment, workforce development and family issues. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), NCWD/Youth is managed by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils and other workforce development system youth programs."

     http://www.ncwd-youth.info/about-us/

Source America



"SourceAmerica is the national leader in creating job opportunities for a dedicated, high quality workforce-people with significant disabilities. To date, we have helped more than 125,000 people with significant disabilities find meaningful work."

     https://www.sourceamerica.org/disability-community

Career One-Stop



Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Career One-Stop is your choice for career exploration, training and jobs.

     https://www.careeronestop.org/default.aspx

Career One-Stop Information for Workers with Disabilities



"Whether your disability is visible or not, a recent change or a long-term condition, your participation in the workforce is in demand."

     https://www.careeronestop.org/ResourcesFor/WorkersWithDisabilities/workers-with-disabilities.aspx

Office of Disability Employment Policy



"ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

To fulfill this mission, ODEP promotes the adoption and implementation of ODEP policy strategies and effective practices - meaning those that ODEP has developed and/or validated - that will impact the employment of people with disabilities. ODEP's approach is to drive systems and practice changes by disseminating ODEP policy strategies and effective practices, sharing information, and providing technical assistance to government agencies, service providers and non-governmental entities, as well as public and private employers. Through these activities, ODEP contributes to the achievement of: DOL's Strategic Goal 3: Promote fair and high quality work-life environments and Strategic Objective 3.1: Breakdown barriers to fair and diverse workplaces and narrow income inequality."

     https://www.dol.gov/odep/