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Prepare for Employment
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This guide is written by New Horizons Un-Limited to assist individuals on how to and options for preparing to work. What can and should you do to prepare for employment? Learn about employment programs, job training, resume development, interviewing and more. Here is a guide on How to Use Your "Ticket to Work," Check Out Social Security Work Incentives, Learn How Working will Affect Your Disability Benefits, Contact Your Local Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Improve Your Computer Skills, Gain Experience Through Volunteer Work, Create/Update Your Resume and Prepare for the Interview.


Part I: Telecommuting, an Option to Traditional Employment for the Disabled
October 31, 2000

This guide is written by New Horizons Un-Limited to assist individuals toward working from home. Today, many individuals with disabilities are faced with the dilemma of finding employment. With the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, individuals with disabilities were granted their right of equal employment. This alone has not ended the struggle of the disabled to locate, obtain and sustain employment opportunities. There are limited resources for individuals with disabilities to locate positions that are parallel to their needs and skills. In the following editorial, we will discuss the first part of a program that serves as an alternative to the traditional employment of individuals with disabilities, telecommuting.

Part II: Telecommuting, Establishing the Process
January 31, 2001

This guide is written by New Horizons Un-Limited to assist individuals toward working from home. The purpose of this guide is to give individuals and organizations the tools to implement a program and establish the process of telecommuting in your organization. In this editorial, we will describe the steps establishing the process, including an overview of the content that should be contained in a telecommuting program proposal, the method for deciding who should telecommute and what tasks they will complete, and a discussion on the agreement between the employee and employer before actual telecommuting begins. All of the steps described will give an individual and an organization the tools to begin telecommuting.

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Employment Guides for Employers


Disability Employment 101: Learn to Tap Your "HIRE" Potential

U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released this guide to acquaint business leaders with programs and resources available to assist them in hiring people with disabilities. The guide includes information about how to find qualified workers with disabilities, how to put disability and employment research into practice and how to model what other businesses have done to successfully integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. The 56-page guide also provides information regarding department-funded vocational rehabilitation agencies, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers, and Centers for Independent Living. It also includes checklists and various other resources to aid employers as they prepare to employ people with disabilities.


Able Trust Florida Business Leadership Network offers a free Resource Kit to provide employers with information about interviewing and hiring persons with disabilities, recruiting tips, tax incentives for business, workplace accommodations, and other valuable resources.


Questions and Answers about Deafness and Hearing Impairments in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has developed a new Fact Sheet that addresses employment rights of people with hearing loss. "One goal of this fact sheet is to counter the myth that individuals with some level of hearing loss are generally less competent, less productive, or would require more attention and supervision than their peers who do not have hearing loss," said EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez. This publication includes many real-life examples that illustrate the kinds of jobs that people with hearing loss successfully perform and the wide range of accommodations available.

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Employment Guides for People with Disabilities


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Employees' Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Reasonable Accommodations

From the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), this article has many links to Resources on the ADA, Requesting an Accommodation and negotiating an accommodation. JAN is a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN consultants have been providing job accommodation information since 1983 when JAN was founded. In addition, JAN consultants have been providing information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) since 1992 when the ADA went into effect. Over the years, JAN consultants have developed practical ideas to help employees understand the ADA and request and negotiate reasonable accommodations in the workplace. The Employees' Practical Guide to Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act is a summary of some of the most frequent issues that employees have regarding accommodations and the ADA and JAN's practical ideas for resolving them. As new information is available or new issues develop, the Guide will be updated to reflect the changes. If you have an issue that is not addressed in the Guide or if you want to discuss an issue in more detail, please contact JAN.


Employment Resource Guide for a Person with a Disability

This guide, developed by Midstate Independent Living Consultants offers practical job-seeking and preparation tips to individuals with disabilities. More specifically, the guide discusses resume and application development, job hunting, interview preparation, and accommodation requests, among other items.


Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities Find and Keep a Job

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) wrote this guide in April of 1999. It offers excellent information and specific resources that you may utilize in planning for the transition from school to employment. This guide also includes a helpful checklist of things to do throughout the transition and planning process. This is an excellent guide. To obtain a copy, contact NICHCY by phone at (800) 695-0285 or by e-mail at nichcy@aed.org.


New Sign Guide for Employees with Disabilities and Their Employers

This is a good resource covering employee rights, occupational safety, assistive technology, and other resources. Sections include: Intro, Employee Rights and Laws, Essential Safety Precautions, Access for All: Helpful Technology, and Job Search Resources.


National Collaboartive on Workforce and Disability has an article: Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace: What Youth Should Know, that outlines several issues related to bullying in the workplace. The article provides statistical information as well as what to look for and how disability harassment differs from being bullied.


Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a new fact sheet designed to educate job applicants with disabilities on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects their rights throughout the hiring process. The fact sheet covers "reasonable accommodation" for applicants with disabilities who need assistance during the hiring process. It also explains the ADA's rules on when employers may seek medical information from applicants, among other topics.


Job Corps currently trains more than 100,000 students at 125 centers nationwide. http://www.jobcorps.gov/centers.aspx


Career Support Center Employment Workbook

Epilepsy Foundation has designed this guide as a workbook that can help you:

While a portion of this guide discusses employment as it relates to epilepsy, the majority of this guide is very useful to those without epilepsy. This guide can be downloaded free of charge in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.


2009 Red Book: Summary Guide to Employment Supports

Social Security Administration offers a guide that is available to people with disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs. This guide is also a great reference tool for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors that work with individuals with disabilities. The guide outlines several SSA employment-related programs, gives general eligibility information, discusses employment support offered through several work incentives, and much more. This guide is free of charge and can be visited online at the link above.


Working While Disabled: A Guide To Plans For Achieving Self-Support

Social Security Administration (SSA) has prepared this guide for individuals who are receiving SSI or SSDI and are interested in returning to work. An SSA Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) lets you use your income and/or other things you own to help you reach your work goals. For example, you could set aside money (without jeapordizing your benefits) to go to school, to get specialized training for a job or to start a business. To learn more about applying for a PASS and how it could benefit you, visit this helpful guide.


Working While Disabled: How We [Social Security Administration] Can Help

Via the pamphlet, the Social Security Administration, describes the various incentives and rules for going to work while receiving disability benefits. Contact information is also provided.

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