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The products in this department demystify the many rules and funding issues that come up as people with disabilities find jobs, earn more money, and build careers.

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (62 Products)
Electronic Media (34 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (31 Products)
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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities
This report shows how well employers are doing with accommodating their staff members who have disabilities.
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities Blueprint for Governors
This report proposes what state governments need to do to increase employment among people with disabilities.
A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities in Relation to SSI Redetermination (Policy Research Brief)
This Brief explains transition to adulthood through the lens of SSI eligibility.You can download it as a PDF file.
A Review of Commonly-Used State Employment Measures in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services
This research brief reviews how to find out about the employment rates of people with intellectual disabilities.
Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities: Final Report
This report to the U.S. Secretary of Labor has recommendations to improve the competitive employment rates of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. It focuses mostly on those with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Americans with Disabilities Act and the Emerging Workforce
This book is about how courts have interpreted the Americans with Disabilities Act and the issues that affect employment of people with disabilities.
Back to Work: Recent SSA Employment Demonstrations for People with Disabilities
This Issue Brief describes how well four demonstrations increased the short-term economic self-sufficiency of people who receive SSI and SSDI. full text can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Beyond Segregated and Exploited: Update on the Employment of People with Disabilities
This report explains how much money is being spent to support people who work in segregated settings. It says we can do better.
Building a Better Economic Future: A Progress Report for Individuals with Disabilities & Their Families in America
This is a report about how research, programs and policies can help people with disabilities save money and build a strong asset base. The entire 100+ page report can be downloaded for free.
Career Success of Disabled High-flyers
This book explains how people with disabilities can have professional careers. It is based on the stories of thirty-one people with disabilities who have highly successful careers.
CARF - Transition from School to Work and Community Services
A road map to building quality services for young people with disabilities as they transition from school to work.
Case Studies of Emerging/Innovative Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices in Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
A report that provides a summary of four promising Vocational Rehabilitation practices for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Conversion to Integrated Employment
This publication tells about organizations that have closed a segregated program and replaced it with integrated employment (or other activities) for people with disabilities. Available as a monograph (two volumes) or a two-page summary.
Costs, Cuts, and Consequences: Charting a New Course for Working-Age People with Disabilities
This report asks how money spent at the Federal and state levels is helping working-age people with disabilities move into good jobs.
Critical Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Contemporary Research, Practice, and Policy
This manual explores emerging issues in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities in ten areas.
Data Sources for Workers with Disabilities
A short document about how to easily find employment data for persons with disabilities in survey reports done by the U.S. Government.
Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and High-functioning Autism
This book gives advice to help people with high functioning autism to develop their talents and find jobs.
Employment First Manual
This covers key elements needed to support Employment First programs. It is available to buy either as a book or an online presentation.
Excepted Service-Appointment of Persons With Intellectual Disabilities, Severe Physical Disabilities, and Psychiatric Disabilities
This is news of a new rule making it easier to hire to people with disabilities for federal government jobs.
Executive Summary of the Seventh Ticket to Work Evaluation Report
This report has the results from seven studies of the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (TTW). It covers the years from 2011 through 2013.
Fact sheet series from the Job Accommodations Network
This series of fact sheets explain many important issues related to employment and people with disabilities.
Filipino employers’ attitudes toward persons with disabilities
This web article explains employment barriers in the Philippines.
GAO 2012 Annual Report: Employment for People with Disabilities
A report about different government programs and how they could be better. Section 30 of the report is about government programs related to employment for people with disabilities. The full text is available online.
Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness
This report advocates for the rights of persons with serious and persistent mental illness to have jobs in the community. It urges the use of supported employment strategies as an alternative to day treatment programs.
Impact of Federal Policies on an Aging Workforce with Disabilities
A report about how federal policy impacts job opportunities for adults with disabilities in their sixties and late fifties.
Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women With Disabilities
This newsletter discusses why work is important to women with disabilities. There are many different articles, some explain policy and research, others tell the stories of women with disabilities and the work they do.
Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting New Career Paths for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This newsletter talks about many different employment options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is available both online and as a print publication.
Initial Impacts of the Ticket to Work Program for Young New Social Security Disability Awardees: Estimates Based on Randomly Assigned Mail Months
This report looks at how well the Ticket to Work program is working to help people with disabilities find jobs. It also looks at how well this program is saving money.
Interim Report: Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
This report has recommendations of what the federal government can do to help people with intellectual disabilities find good jobs in the community.
Job Success for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This book is about helping people with disabilities get good jobs.
Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities
This report looked at the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. It also looked at how companies can best attract and support employees with disabilities.
Leveraging State Economic Development Resources to Create Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
A short report on how states can work with Economic Development Agencies to create more jobs for people with disabilities.
Life in the Community
This is the final report from an action research project. The project focused on daytime services and ways to include people with disabilities in their communities.
May 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS) - Disability Supplement
This survey provides information about how many people with disabilities are not working and reasons why they are not working.
Minnesota Employment First Summit Reports
These reports summarize what various stakeholder groups are thinking about and doing to help people with disabilities to get good jobs.
More With Disabilities on the Job
This short article explains that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities went down in February of 2015.
National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force
This study looked at the employment rates of adults with intellectual disabilities in the United States. It was published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Need 2 Know: Life in the Community
This is a brief summary of the findings of the "Life in the Community" project. The project focused on improving daytime services and finding new ways to include people with disabilities in their communities.
New York State Disability & Employment Status Report
This report is about the employment rates of people with disabilities in New York state.
ODEP Accomplishments: Real People, Real Impact
This report highlights the many accomplishments of the Office of Disability Employment Policy from 2009 to 2012. Its job is helping people with disabilities succeed in the workplace.
PARTnerships
PARTnerships provides people with disabilities who have problems finding paid employment a chance to earn money as artists.
Quota For Disabled People In Brazil: An Update Of The Current Situation Faced By The Companies
In Brazil, companies with over 100 employees have to meet certain employment quotas for people with disabilities. In this online news article, problems with enforcing the laws are discussed.
Real Choice for Real Opportunity: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families Speak Out
This report summarizes the ideas of 144 stakeholders who gathered to talk about supporting people to find "real jobs."
Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers
This resource guide helps employers through all steps of the employment process. It has a lot of information about how the U.S. Federal government can help.
Red Book on Employment Support
A web-accessible federal publication that provides A - Z information on employment supports for people who receive SSI or Social Security benefits.
School to Work Fact Sheet
This fact sheet explains the many options youth have as they make the transition from high school to the adult world. It is available online.
Self-Directed Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities: Issues, Characteristics, and Illustrations
This journal article explains how to help people with disabilities be in control of where they work.
Services and Supports People with Disabilities Need to Stay Employed
This report explains the services and supports used by people with disabilities who had jobs with high earnings. It is the results of a study.
State Intellectual and Developmental Disability Agencies' Service Trends
A short document reporting data on employment programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States.
StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes (2012)
This report explains where people with developmental disabilities work, and the kind of jobs they have. There is also a website where you can generate reports about what is happening in individual states.
Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain A Report on Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS), 2011
This 2011 report summarized how people with disabilities were faring in the community. It covers schools, jobs, housing, and support for families.
Technical Assistance Manual: Title I of the ADA
This online manual reviews the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to employment.
The Decline in Employment of People with Disabilities: A Policy Puzzle
This book explains many possible reasons why the employment rate for people with disabilities has been declining It also discusses policy implications of this decline.
The Right to Decent Work of Persons with Disabilities
This extensive report reviews treaties, laws, and other policy instruments that support the rights of people with disabilities to have jobs. It cover things from around the world.
The Road Ahead: Transition to Adult Life for Persons with Disabilities
This edited textbook has ideas for improving the adult lives of young people with disabilities. It covers issues from assessment and instructional strategies, to career development, supported living and postsecondary education.
Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Eight States, 2004–2011
This report shows how many young people with intellectual disabilities have a job, how many hours they work, where they work, and how much money they make.
Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority
This report from the U.S. Senate is on employment and people with disabilities.
Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities
This report shows how some areas have used multiple sources of funding to help people with disabilities find and keep jobs.
Which Medicaid Buy-In Participants Use SSA Work Supports?
A brief report about programs that allow working people disabilities to still receive Medicaid funding.
Work Incentive Simplification Pilot (WISP): Recommendations of the Technical Advisory Panel Regarding the Evaluation Design
A report that gives recommendations for evaluating the Work Incentive Simplification Pilot (WISP), a simplification of the Social Security Disability Insurance work incentives. The report can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Working While Disabled—How We Can Help
This booklet talks about working while getting money from the Social Security Administration.
Workplace Flexibility Toolkit
This online toolkit has many resources to help companies develop a flexible workplace. A flexible workplace is one where employees have some control over when, where, and how they do their work.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities
This online article explains how disability can be both a cause and consequence of economic insecurity.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research: Disability Employment Policy
This website has easy-to understand summaries of research articles. The articles are related to people with disabilities in the workforce.
Disability & Employment: A Timeline
To celebrate 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, the Department of Labor put together this interactive, online timeline. It shows important events since 1921 that have helped all people with disabilities get jobs.
Disability Equality Index
This tool can be used by businesses to rate their success in including people with disabilities, both as customers and as employees.
Disability Scoop articles about unemployment and people with disabilities
These online news articles are about the difficulties people with disabilities are having finding jobs, and asking businesses to help. They were published in March and April of 2011.
Disability Section of DiversityInc
A website with many articles about employment and people with disabilities. The articles take on challenging issues like enforcing the ADA and disability stereotypes.
EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network)
This Center shares ideas with employers on how to recruit, hire and manage people with disabilities. It's website is well organized and has a lot of information.
Employment and Disability Institute Collection
This website has a nice collection of research articles and policy reports on including people with disabilities in employment.
Employment First : A vision of Californians with developmental disabilities working in integrated competitive employment
This report talks about the problems people with disabilities in California have in finding good jobs. It also explains what is helping and presents a plan for a better future.
Employment First Manual
This covers key elements needed to support Employment First programs. It is available to buy either as a book or an online presentation.
Employment First Policy: Sibling Perspectives
This video shares the perspectives of siblings of people with disabilities. They discuss their views on Employment First Policy.
Employment for People with Disabilities in Poverty: A Need for National Attention
This Policy Research Brief reviews the employment rates of people with intellectual disabilities and how it relates to poverty. It is online and interactive.
GAO Report to Congressional Committees: Business Tax Incentives: Incentive to employ workers with disabilities receive limited use and have an uncertain impact
GAO study finds few businesses take advantage of tax incentives to employ persons with disabilities.
Getting a Job, Keeping a Job: Mathematica Policy Research Video
This online video has a panel of experts discussing the issues and strategies used by people with disabilities to find and keep work.
How to Build Partnerships for Career Exploration: Using Job Shadows to Explore the World of Work
This guide shows high schools how they can set up job shadowing experiences for their students.
Integrated Employment Toolkit
This website has information about helping people with disabilities find jobs in the community that pay well.
KTER Center Employment Research Database
This searchable database has journal articles related to interventions that lead to successful employment for people with disabilities.
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey: Data on the employment status of people with a disability
This website has data summaries from an ongoing survey of everyone in the United States. It focuses on the employment status of people with a disability, and is updated monthly.
Make Work a Part of Your Plan Webinar Series
This webinar series covers information about meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities, focusing on Minnesota.
Minimum Wage Increase
These online articles talk about how the minimum wage increase will affect those with disabilities and DSP's
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was established to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.
National Goals in Research, Practice and Policy for and with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This webpage is a nice summary of the National Goals Conference that was held in 2015. There are many articles that can be downloaded, and video clips with researchers and persons with disabilities explaining the 10 areas focused on.
Oregon's Employment First Website
This website explains how community employment is helping Oregonians with disabilities achieve rewarding careers and greater social inclusion.
PARTnerships
PARTnerships provides people with disabilities who have problems finding paid employment a chance to earn money as artists.
Ready, Willing & Available: A Business Guide to Improving Your Workforce By Hiring People with Disabilities
This booklet helps businesses understand reasons why and how to hire people with disabilities.
Segregated & Exploited: The Failure of the Disability Service System to Provide Quality Work
A report from the National Disability Rights Network about the employment of people with disabilities. The report found a total failure of the disability service system to provide quality work for people with disabilities.
StateData.info
This website has charts of state, national, and individual disability data for agencies that provide employment supports.
States To Get Millions To Boost Disability Employment September 2011
This short article explains how the federal government is helping the states do a better job helping people with disabilities find work.
Students With Intellectual Disabilities Score Capitol Hill Internships
This news article tells about a program that helps people with disabilities get jobs on Capitol Hill.
Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities
This report summarizes a survey done exploring what businesses think about hiring people who have disabilities.
Ten Employment Myths
This video tells employers ten things that are untrue about hiring people with disabilities. It explains the ADA and is available online for free.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
This is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities. You can get information by searching their website or calling their toll-free number.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's website on disability discrimination
This website has information to help employees and employers understand the complex issues surrounding disability discrimination.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Webinar
This 90 minute webinar describes the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. It also contains information on state deadlines regarding this Act, and explains why workforce issues are important in the disability community. You can watch it on Youtube.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
A program in New York state to help people with disabilities of all ages. It shares information about jobs, education and independent living.
Advancing Integrated Employment Outcomes through Home and Community-Based Waiver Services: Briefing Document on Section 1915(c) Medicaid Waiver Service Definitions
This report made recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on new service definitions and related issues to promote integrated employment.
APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First)
This organization focuses on ways to help people with disabilities get community-based jobs and advance in their careers.
Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination
This is an advocacy network of 22 organizations. They are working to assure that all people with disabilities have the chance to work and save money.
Disability Employment Initiative
This federal initiative helps youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Disability Program Navigator Initiative
This fact sheet explains a program that makes it easier for people with disabilities to find jobs.
EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network)
This Center shares ideas with employers on how to recruit, hire and manage people with disabilities. It's website is well organized and has a lot of information.
Employment First : A vision of Californians with developmental disabilities working in integrated competitive employment
This report talks about the problems people with disabilities in California have in finding good jobs. It also explains what is helping and presents a plan for a better future.
Evaluating Employment Support for People with Disabilities Project
This project is looking at how well U.S. government programs are supporting the employment of people with disabilities. The project is from 2010 to 2015.
Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center (KTER)
This center makes sure efforts to help people with disabilities find jobs is based on research.
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey: Data on the employment status of people with a disability
This website has data summaries from an ongoing survey of everyone in the United States. It focuses on the employment status of people with a disability, and is updated monthly.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was established to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.
National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD)
This national center provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system.
National Disability Institute
The mission of this Institute is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities.
New York State Disability & Employment Status Report
This report is about the employment rates of people with disabilities in New York state.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
This office provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment.
Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
This program promotes the use of accessible technology in the employment of people with disabilities.
Rehabilitation Renaissance Project
An employment support program in greater Detroit area and throughout Michigan
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR-RRTC)
This national center provides policy research, training, and technical assistance to those working in vocational rehabilitation.
Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Centers
These regional Centers provide support to state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and their community partners.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
This is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities. You can get information by searching their website or calling their toll-free number.
The LEAD Center
This Center is many organizations that work together to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative
This initiative is looking at better ways to manage the SSDI program. This is important since it predicted to run out of money in 2017.
The National Technical Assistance and Research Center to Promote Leadership for Increasing Employment and Economic Independence of Adults with Disabilities (NTAR Leadership Center)
A collaboration that seeks to increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The State Employment Leadership Network
This is a network of 26 state developmental disability agencies that are working to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Ticket to Work Program
This program helps people with disabilities find work, make money, and protect their benefits. Having a "Ticket to Work" means people have choice about where to get help to find the right job. In 2008 the rules were changed to make the program better.
The Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
This Center at Cornell University conducts research and provides training and technical assistance on many aspects of disability in the workplace.
TransCen, Inc.
This agency provides direct support to youth in its San Francisco office. It is dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. They also provide training and have many research reports available on their website.
USBLN® Annual Conference & Expo
This is an annual conference about disability and business. It helps make it so people with disabilities can be professionals, customers, and businessmen/businesswomen.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
This initiative of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service gives tax credits to places that hire people who have a hard time getting a job.
Workforce Recruitment Program
This program brings federal agencies together with students who have disabilities and are looking for a summer internship or a permanent job.
Other
2014-Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
This Act from the United States Congress helps individuals with disabilities have better jobs.
Ticket to Work
Department of Health and Human Services announcement of two initiatives to assist individuals to obtain and maintain employment.


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