Resources for Job Seekers and Employers
There are many websites on which employers can post job openings and search for qualified candidates to fill positions and that job seekers use to search for employers. Below you will find a listing of job search engines and website you may find helpful when looking for qualified job candidates. You can also print and use the directory document included on this page. Check back frequently for updated entries and additions to these lists.
Assistive Technology Resources
Assistive Technology Connects: AT Connects is a Federally-funded information platform designed to inform users, purchasers, family members and professionals about assistive technology.
AbleData: AbleData provides information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources for use within the United States.
Federal Communications Commission Disability Rights Office: The FCC Disability Rights Office provides information and access to the Telecommunications Relay Service for communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Federal Relay Service: The U.S. General Services Administration operates the free Federal relay service for communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
U.S. Department of Labor Resources
US. jobs by the National Labor Exchange (NLX): This website can be of great use to Employment Networks (EN) and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies. It is the primary Federal and State job posting and job search source for employers and State Workforce Agencies. The result of a partnership between the Direct Employers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), US.jobs provides information on career resources and the ability to browse jobs by member-company and by state. You can find information on Section 503 and the Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act by clicking on the "OFCCP Compliance" icon under Employers. ENs may use this system to post their agency's job openings. The NLX collects job posting information from employers and feeds it into the US.jobs system. The job openings are exclusively found on over 9,000 corporate career websites and from the state job banks.
Disability and Employment Community of Practice (CoP): The Disability and Employment Community of Practice is an online learning destination for public Workforce system staff and partners, job seekers, community-based organizations, grantees, and the business sector that provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment. It is a "one-stop-shop" venue for Workforce practitioners to find or share high quality information about how to better provide integrated, seamless, and accessible services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment.
Information on Labor Force Participation Rate and the Unemployment Rate:
Disability Statistics (scroll down to near the bottom right hand corner)
Employer Resources Related to Section 503
Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN): EARN is a Federally-funded service that helps employers hire and retain workers with disabilities. Employers can also sign up to receive monthly newsletters, weekly e-blasts and periodic blogs of topical interest.
EARN Reference Desk- Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act: Identifies resources and tools to assist federal contractors in implementing changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Cornell Employment and Disability Institute: Conducts research focused on inclusive workplaces, effective employment and disability policy.
Tools Specific to Section 503
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) and the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center have developed a tool, the Disability Employment Tracker, to help companies across a range of industries assess their own readiness to launch or improve their hiring of people with disabilities and veterans. For information on how to participate, email email@example.com or email Amber Cecil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recently announced that 50 of America's leading companies have registered to take part in the pilot launch of the Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM). The pilot phase will refine a proposed national survey of employers prior to the 2014 launch of the first Annual DEISM Survey. The DEISM will act as a national benchmarking tool that provides major businesses with an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices. It will also identify avenues for continued improvement.
Best Practices in Employment for People with Disabilities:
Disability is Diversity: Effective Hiring Practices for Federal Employers, publication by the Federally-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN).
Best Practices for the Employment of People with Disabilities In State Government, published by the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities, published by the National Governor's Association (NGA).
Programs Designed for Individuals with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education and Recent Graduates:
The Workforce Recruitment Program from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy actively recruits students with disabilities on college campuses.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) is a unique consortium composed of large and small universities, well known national employers, and U.S. Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities.
Emerging Leaders helps college students with disabilities find and secure fulfilling internship and leadership opportunities. Emerging Leaders helps corporate and nonprofit employers find outstanding young talent for their business ventures.
Entry Point! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.