Resources for Employment Assistance

Job Search Handbook for People With Disabilities: A Complete Career Planning and Job Search Guide, 3rd Ed by Daniel J. Ryan

The author, Daniel Ryan, has years of career planning expertise and is a long time advocate for people with disabilities, which gives his books the rich depth of wisdom that comes with experience.

Working Against Odds: Stories of Disabled Women’s Work Livesby Mary Grimley Mason

With great warmth and eloquence, Mary Grimley Mason draws on 30 interviews of women living with disabilities who reveal in their own words the way they see themselves, how they perceive being seen by others, and their experiences in the workplace.  The women range in age, race, ethnic and class backgrounds with different types of physical and sensory impairments.  We are given a rare view into the lives and hearts of these women as we hear how they came to terms with her disability and achieved self-identity and self-sufficiency in an able-bodied world.

National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD)
For Adults with disabilities who are entering the workforce, NCWD provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system. Areas of expertise include: accommodations and assistive technology, relationships with employers, helping clients with disabilities find jobs, and advising employers as to how to provide job-related supports.

Ability Jobs
The goal is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. JobAccess provides a place where people with disabilites can seek employment and be evaluated solely on their skills and experience. The JobAccess Resume Builder helps users to build and post a professional looking resume that companies across the US will be able to browse.

Bender Consulting Services
A for-profit employment agency for professional positions within the private and public sector for individuals with disabilities within North America.  I had the pleasure of hearing Joyce Bender, CEO and Founder, speak at the National Spina Bifida Conference.  She is an impressive woman who knows her business and tells it the way she sees it.

Work Without Limits
Is a Massachusetts program focused on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  They provide valuable resources and information on employment for many audiences, including people with disabilities, family members, employment service providers, and employers.

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