Finding the right career resources for individuals with disabilities can be critical for their success and empowerment in the job market. There are several key resources and platforms designed to support job seekers with disabilities.
“In 2022, about 21 percent of people with a disability in the U.S. were employed, up from about 19 percent in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That is the highest rate since the U.S. began tracking this statistic in 2008.” Read more here.
Here’s a list of some of the best resources available:
American Job Centers (AJCs)
Operated by the U.S. Department of Labor, AJCs provide a range of services including job search assistance, training, and information about disability-friendly employers. They often have disability coordinators and vocational rehabilitation counselors who can provide specialized assistance. Learn more here.
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
Every state has a vocational rehabilitation agency designed to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment. These agencies offer services like career counseling, job training, and workplace accommodation guidance. Read more about key agencies across the country here.
Individuals looking for services should contact their state’s vocational rehabilitation agency to learn more about the specific programs and supports available. These agencies typically provide services that include but are not limited to vocational counseling and guidance, job placement assistance, training and education, assistive technology, and support for independent living.
JAN is a free service that provides expert advice on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues, helping people with disabilities enhance their employability.
This U.S. government office provides a wealth of resources and information on programs designed to facilitate workforce participation of people with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
This website links to thousands of resources from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.
CareerScope is the first step to helping individuals with injuries or disabilities to enter or return to the workforce by identifying careers that match their interests and aptitudes.
This program supports career development for individuals with disabilities who want to work and offers access to a variety of free services, such as job coaching and job counseling.
NTI provides job opportunities for Americans with disabilities who require home-based work.
This organization runs a job board for people with disabilities and offers various resources related to disability employment.
This site is one of the largest job boards specifically for individuals with disabilities and includes a range of job postings from disability-friendly employers.
A recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities.
While primarily aimed at employers, EARN provides resources that can also be useful for job seekers in understanding their rights and the types of accommodations available in the workplace.
Online Professional Networks
- Platforms like LinkedIn can be valuable for networking and finding disability-friendly employers. Learn more here about LinkedIn.
- Monster.com – click here to learn more.
- MIT Career Advising & Professional Development
It’s important for individuals with disabilities to explore various options and resources to find the best fit for their skills, interests, and needs. Many of these resources offer personalized assistance, making them invaluable in navigating the job market.
Since 1963, CareerScope is the most widely-used aptitude and interest assessment platform, serving 1,000+ organizations and millions of job seekers. CareerScope is an assessment tool for career advisors that allows you to measure your clients’ unique abilities and interests to design optimal career pathways. What they discover through CareerScope expands possibilities in ways that ignites new levels of confidence and excitement for you and your job seeker, together.