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APSE was once named the Association for Persons in Supported Employment but now known as APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization.
HR Connect offers consultation services to help businesses reach out to
and partner with one of the strongest labor and customer pools in the
country: the disability community. Membership in APSE is a must for anyone interested in ensuring that persons with disabilities get real work with real pay. APSE provides evidence-based employment research, cutting-edge training conferences, and a place where advocates from all walks of life can get together to discuss employment issues.
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 207 community-based member organizations worldwide that serve people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services. Local Goodwill agencies offer skill assessments, career and skills training, occupational skills training and work experience, job placement and support services. To locate an agency near you, call (800) 664-6577.
Helen Keller Services for the Blind National Center provides orientation, mobility and job training as well as education programs and adaptive technology for legally blind people.
HirePotential is an employment firm specializing in the employment of people with disabilities, mature workers, veterans and individuals from other niche groups. They can help potential employees find an employer that will best meet their needs and talents. Their website features a listing of helpful employment resources and also offers an opportunity to search current job openings. For more information, call (888) 590-8808.
Epilepsy Foundation offers JobTech, an innovative employment service program for persons living with epilepsy to obtain employment in a technology-based customer service field. This program is currently available in four sites in the nation: Camden, NJ; Mobile, AL; Kansas City, MO; and Rockford, IL. For more information, contact the site in your area.
Lift Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that qualifies, trains, hires, and places information technology professionals who have physical disabilities through contracts with major corporations who eventually hire them directly. Lift has placed professionals in positions such as: programmer-analyst, systems-analyst, software engineer, business analyst, technical writer, technical specialist, network administrator, computer support specialist, data security specialist, database administrator, database manager, quality assurance specialist, CBT training developer, E-commerce specialist and website designer. Lift, Inc. is active in cities throughout the United States. For more information, call (908) 226-1193 or e-mail email@example.com.
National Industries for the Severely Handicapped (NISH) works to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing Federal contracts through the Ability One Program. NISH works through a network of more than 1300 non-profit agencies. To locate an agency that may have employment opportunities available in your area, use the NISH Non-Profit Agency Locator. Learn more about the Ability One Program.
RecruitAbility is a service of DisabledPerson.com. This service connects job seekers with disabilities to employers who are proactively recruiting people with disabilities. The site offers a job search and an opportunity to post resumes online. They also offer a number of helpful job search tips.
Your State Vocational Rehabilitation Office offers a wealth of resources related to employment options for people with disabilities. Vocational Rehabilitation assists individuals with disabilities secure gainful employment through local job searches and awareness of self-employment and telecommuting opportunities. To locate your state office, visit the Job Accommodation Network Directory of VR Agencies.
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DPI, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to prepare people with disabilities for a career in Information Technology (IT). DPI offers three programs to help residents of San Jose, California including, the Computer Training Program, the School-to-Career Program, and a Computer Access Technology Lab. For more information, call (408) 278-2000.
Project Hired assists individuals with disabilities in finding competitive employment while also offering a number of workshops and programs to build essential employment related skills. Services offered to potential employees include specialized workshops, job search counseling, post-hire follow up, resume analysis and critique, and job referrals. Also offered, are a number of programs such as the Mentor Program and the Corporate Training Partners Program. Beyond the on-site services, the website offers a number of disability related links. Project Hired is located at 1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara, California 95050. For more information please call (408) 557-0880 or fax (408) 557-0710.
West Side Center for Independent Living offers the Computer Training Project, in which people with disabilities are trained as computer specialists. This project brings people with disabilities together with a Business Advisory Council of executives from major Southern California companies who help design coursework, assist with student selection and evaluation, provide student mentors, and actively hire students when their coursework is completed. For more information, call (888) 851-WCIL (9245).
WorkLink a program of TransCen, Inc., has a primary goal to "provide the training and support individuals with disabilities need to obtain career-oriented employment, access their communities and participate in events they enjoy, advocate for themselves, and become as independent as possible in their daily lives." They offer career counseling, skills assessment and development, and job placement services. They also offer a community work program in which clients have an opportunity to work and gain on-the-job experience. For more information, call (415) 979-9520 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminole Work Opportunity Program (SWOP) is a private non-profit organization providing sheltered vocational, educational and community based employment training to adults with developmental disabilities in Seminole and Orange Counties since 1980. SWOP creates employment opportunities by partnering with local businesses in need of contract work. For more information, call (407) 699-4419.
Trinity Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with disabilities. They offer Career Access Network, a service that allows individuals to explore a variety of employment options. Services include employment opportunity analysis, personal employment plans, personal consulting and training, job-preference development, disability awareness training, job development and placement, coaching services, as well as follow-up consulting and assistance. For more information, call (815) 717-3770.
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Triangle, Inc., serving adults with disabilities in the Greater Boston area, offers a range of employment services. Programs include the Vocational Evaluation and Assessment Program, which provides comprehensive screening and evaluation aimed at assisting the individual served in establishing a realistic vocational goal. Their Job Placement Program provides job development, on-the job training, and follow-along services. They serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities including mental retardation, traumatic brain injury, blindness, visual impairment, physical disability, mental illness, and substance abuse. For more information, call (781) 322-0400 or e-mail email@example.com.
Work Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers rehabilitative services to individuals with disabilities of all ages. They "assist individuals to define their employment objectives and help them with career exploration, training, education, counseling and job placement." They also offer work centers at which individuals can develop their employment skills while sampling a variety of jobs. They offer a wide variety of programs not only aimed at increasing the employability of individuals with disabilities but also aimed at increasing life satisfaction and the overall independence of each individual. For more information, call (617) 691-1500.
Minnesota Workforce Center, via Rehabilitation Services, works with individuals who have disabilities, providing a variety of services including vocational planning, employment information and referral service and guidance in maintaining employment. Services are available statewide. For more information, call (888)-GET-JOBS (438-5627).
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New Jersey WINS (New Jersey Work Incentive Network Support) is non-profit organization that offers a support for people with disabilities who would like to seek employment but need more information and technical assistance about income or medical benefits.
Fedcap is a non-profit organization with a mission to "help people with disabilities and barriers to employment achieve independence and full participation in the economic mainstream." Fedcap provides assessment, basic education, training and job placement for individuals that face barriers to employment due to their disability. They offer a number of specific training programs as well via their Career Design School. For more information, call (212) 727-4200 (Voice), (212) 727-4384 (TTY) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just One Break (JOB), located in New York, New York is a not-for-profit, no-fee employment placement service for people with disabilities that has been helping people with disabilities find jobs and lead productive lives since 1947. In addition to their placement services, they also offer a college intern program and YouthAbility, a focus on connecting young people with disabilities to local businesses. Their website features job listings, and links to other helpful disability-related resources. For more information, call (212) 785-7300 (Voice) or (212) 785-4515 (TTY).
PRALID, located in Rochester, New York offers specialized employment services to adults with brain injury and other neurological disorders. They offer a range of services, assisting the consumer with developing a career plan, gaining employment skills, locating an employer and maintaining employment. For more information, call (585) 442-6420 or e-mail email@example.com.
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DakotAbilities is a non-profit organization serving Sioux Falls, South Dakota residents with disabilities. Vocational services include skills evaluation and training, job coaching, supported employment, work adjustment training, and job placement. For more information, call (605) 334-4220.
Methodist Mission Home, located in San Antonio, via their Southwest Center for Higher Independence, offers employment training to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and to those with other disabilities. They offer every step needed for gainful employment, from vocational evaluation to developing job behaviors that are valued in the real world to job search and finally on-site job coaching. To learn more, call (210) 696-2410 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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9to5’s work in Milwaukee has been instrumental in policy changes on issues affecting low-wage women for over two decades. For more information, contact them at 207 E Buffalo, Suite #211 Milwaukee WI 53202 or call 414-274-0925, or send e-mail to 9to5Milwaukee@9to5.orgAbility Connection is a program jointly sponsored by Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin with the support of a Business Advisory Council. This program provides many services to students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a career in the computer field. Participants must be referred to the program by their DVR counselor. The Ability Connection has a scholarship program and a summer internship program for students to gain helpful experience. Each student receives guidance, experience and insight needed to prepare them for future employment from professionals that donate their time to mentor. The program will assist students upon graduation in finding employment. If you would like more information on the program, you can contact Lori Grassel at: P.O. Box 25919, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53225-0919, (414) 353-6400, (800) 236-2494, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Adonai Employment, Inc. is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit Christian-based employment service agency that is serving the greater Milwaukee area. Adonai Employment's goal is to help businesses see an alternative way to fill their staffing needs. They do this by helping individuals with disabilities connect with jobs that will meet their goals. This means that Adonai is interested in placing you in a job that fits your talents and interests. Adonai operates from a new paradigm, developing and fostering mutually beneficial solutions to real needs of both employers and job seekers at no cost to the employer. They serve both the business community and job seekers. Operating from a business model perspective, uniquely looking at the needs of the clients, the referring source, and the employers to achieve mutually beneficial results all are within the scope of Adonai's abilities. For more information, contact Adonai Employment, 912 North Hawley Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53213, via phone at (414) 704-5305 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistive Technology Assessment Center (ATAC), a project of United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin, Manpower and Phones Plus, offers the opportunity to expand abilities and increase efficiency through the use of assistive technology. ATAC identifies tools and assistive devices that enable individuals with disabilities to interact with a phone and computer, thereby better preparing them for a variety of employment positions. The service offers an assessment by a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR), a written report that provides technology recommendations, training on assistive technology and job placement. For more information, call (414) 329-4500 (Voice), (414) 329-4511 (TTY) or e-mail email@example.com.
Creative Employment Opportunities is a private, for-profit employment agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that supports and assists individuals with disabilities in building employment skills and in obtaining and maintaining employment. More specifically, they offer career exploration, internship placements, employment assessments, computer classes and more. For more information, call (414) 277-8506, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop into their offices located at 1421 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 in downtown Milwaukee.
Eisenhower Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing employment training to residents of Milwaukee that have Cerebral Palsy and neurological disorders. They specialize in training for production jobs, prevocational instruction, individual assessments, custom designed adaptive equipment and positive behavior management. Their Work Services Department is designed to teach individuals appropriate work habits, shape behaviors, teach marketable work skills and provide hands-on work experiences. For more information, call (414) 353-8480.
Employment Resources Inc. (ERI) is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing employment opportunities for Wisconsin citizens with disabilities. This is accomplished through research and demonstration, program development, and training, consultation and technical assistance provided to service agencies and employers. ERI provides the Vocational Futures Planning Process which includes; Social Security benefits analysis and planning, career exploration and assisted job seeking services. Mentors from various local businesses are also involved in the process. In addition to these services, the website also offers answers to many frequently asked questions regarding Social Security benefits planning. ERI is located at 4126 Lien Road Suite 104, Madison, Wisconsin 53704. For additional information please call (608) 246-3444.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin offers several different training programs. The Business Careers Training Center offers skills training for entry-level business support responsibilities. The program consists of typical work standards, interpersonal skills, and practical work training activities. There is one-on-one instruction offered in computer literacy, financial skills, and office management skills. Individual Computer Training include Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and more. For more information see the Business Careers Training Center Overview. For questions or to make a referral, call (414) 353-6400 X 197 Milwaukee, (262) 970-6000 Waukesha. The Dental Assistant Training Program is a three month, classroom and practical training course. The curriculum components include dental assisting, bio-dental science, records and emergencies, radiography, and dental health concepts. Food service training, manufacturing skills, and more training programs are offered by Goodwill as well. You can learn more by contacting: Goodwill of Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center, 6055 N. 91st St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53225-0919, (414) 353-6400, fax (414) 353-1544, and TDD (414) 353-6860.
Grand Avenue Club is a vocational rehabilitation program serving adults whom have experienced mental illness. Partnering with quality private sector employers, Grand Avenue Club develops paid positions for members in the community via its Transitional and Independent Employment Programs. Aside from vocational training they also offer social and recreational opportunities. For more information, call (414) 276-6474 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hodan Center, Inc. promotes opportunities for work and personal development so that persons with disabilities can achieve individual life goals. Employment Services are offered in Iowa, Grant, and Lafayette counties. They provide training and employment in food service, machine shop, and assembly and packaging work. For more information, call (608) 987-3336.
Kenosha Achievement Center is a non-profit organization offering Supported Employment options for adults with special needs residing in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Supported Employment team works with individuals to develop career goals and provide assistance in achieving those goals, eventually placing them in paid positions within the community. For more information, call (262) 658-9500.
Opportunity Development Centers Inc. (ODC) is a private not-for-profit rehabilitation agency serving the vocational needs of adults with disabilities primarily in Wood County, Wisconsin. The agency provides both center-based and community-based services. Center based programs include assessment, specialized training in data management and forklift operation, work adjustment training and long term employment. Community-based programs offer assessment, job placement and supported employment. For more information call the Wisconsin Rapids office at (715) 424-2712 (Voice) or (715) 424-5750 (TTY).
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Southeastern Wisconsin offers an Employment Services (ES) program that assists individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining employment in order to achieve independent lives. The program provides job seeking skills, such as resume writing, interviewing, and application procedures. UCP works with businesses to match their needs with the needs, interests and skills of the employees. Employees are provided with on the job training and UCP works with businesses to guarantee mutual satisfaction and employee support. UCP's follow-along component provides long term support for employees that may encounter any changes or problems in employment. Also, UCP's Job Clubs offers monthly peer group meetings to develop and maintain social interaction skills and a chance for problem solving on issues. This program is funded by the Milwaukee County Combined Community Services Board and the State of Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
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