Employment Resources for Job Seekers
There are many resources to help people with disabilities gain and maintain employment. Whether it is finding the right job training program or employment supports, the following resources can help with your job search.
Find a Job
PRIDE Industries is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit employers of people with disabilities. People with disabilities and other barriers to employment count on Pride Industries to provide employment opportunities, training, and ongoing support to achieve workplace success. Through a wide spectrum of services, theyhelp people overcome employment obstacles and enable them to lead productive, independent lives as contributing members of their communities.
Information and resources to help job seekers with disabilities find work.
The GettingHired mission is to create sustainable employment growth and opportunity for people with disabilities. The GettingHired internet based portal accomplishes its mission by serving and connecting job seekers with disabilities, committed employers, advocacy organizations and service providers.
The goal of ABILITYJobs is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. Job seekers can post a resume and browse job opportunities from employers dedicated to hiring people with disabilities. ABILITYJobs leads the way in helping companies find talented employees and are the first, and the largest employment, site connecting job seekers, that happen to have a disability, with business, non-profits and government.
JobTIPS is a free program designed to help individuals with disabilities explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for people with disabilities.
An online job board that allows individuals to connect with future employers by posting resumes and finding detailed information about potential jobs. Free to job seekers.
Social Security Ticket to Work Site
The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program the Social Security Administration issues tickets to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal.
Start Your Own Business
Small business ownership and other self-employment options are viable employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Learn more about entrepreneurship from these resources below:
Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities
Fact sheet on entrepreneurship from the Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Entrepreneurship Resources from the Job Accommodation Network
Information on self-employment and small business development regarding business planning, financing strategies, marketing research, disability-specific programs, income supports and benefits planning, e-commerce, independent contracting, home-based business options, and small business initiatives.
VCU Work Support
Provides technical assistance and disseminates resources nationally to individuals interested in pursuing self-employment. This includes online courses and live web cast series with successful entrepreneurs who share their secrets for success
The Abilities Fund
The Abilities Fund is the first nationwide nonprofit community developer and financial institution focused exclusively on expanding entrepreneurial opportunities, including access to capital, for people with disabilities. This is achieved through a unique combination of financial products, training, technical assistance services and advisory supports to individuals with disabilities.
Interested in higher education? Prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to post secondary education less stressful. Affordable Colleges Online provides specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, information on how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and resources for finding out what your legal rights on campus are.