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Assistive Technology

  • New England Assistive Technology Center at Oak Hill - the NEAT Center at Oak Hill brings people with temporary or permanent disabilities, seniors, families and professionals together with equipment, services and training to enhance independence at school, work or home.

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Disability Initiatives in Connecticut

  • Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) builds upon previous department initiatives, such as hiring staff with expertise in disability and workforce issues. The grant supports extensive partnerships and collaboration across multiple workforce and disability service systems in each state, including: vocational rehabilitation, mental health, intellectual/developmental disability agencies, independent living centers, and other community and nonprofit organizations.

  • Connect-Ability - Connect-Ability 860-424-4844–Resources designed to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. Supports employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking qualified workers, and people with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge.

  • Welcome to the Connect-Ability e-Learning page! Connect-Ability, in partnership with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Mental Health and Addition Services, has created a series of FREE online e-Learning modules.

 

 

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Educational

  • Accommodation and Compliance Series: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 - On January 1, 2009, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 went into effect, making some major changes to the way the definition of disability has been interpreted in the past. This link explains the impact of the ADA Amendments Act that went into effect.

  • Communicating With and About People with Disabilities - this web site lists some suggestions on how to relate to and communicate with and about people with disabilities.

  • Employers and the ADA: Myths and Facts - the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a landmark federal law that protects the rights of people with disabilities by eliminating barriers to their participation in many aspects of living and working in America. In particular, the ADA prohibits covered employers from discriminating against people with disabilities in the full range of employment-related activities, from recruitment to advancement, to pay and benefits.

PEAT– When technology is accessible and better yet, universally designed, it becomes a powerful tool for creating a productive and inclusive workforce. This is the goal of the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, or PEAT.

 

 

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Federal Resources

  • Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compliance Board - The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.

  • Disability.gov - a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with quick and easy access to information. Provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

  • Health and Human Services Office on Disability (OD)  Oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives pertaining to the over 54 million persons with disabilities in the United States.

  • National Business & Disability Council – The NBDC is a leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.

  • New England ADA & Accessible IT Center/Boston, MA (617) 695-0085 - one of ten regional ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers that provide ADA information, training and technical assistance to businesses.

  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ADA Home Page - the ADA Home Page includes many excellent resources for employers. The “ADA Business Connection” section of this site includes business briefs ad tax incentive information.

  • USDOL Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 1-866-633-7365 - Employer Policy Team examines the issues facing employers as they seek to hire, accommodate and advance employees with disabilities. This team works to shape disability employment policies that meet the needs of employers and people with disabilities. Disseminates effective employer practices and articulates the unique perspectives of businesses regarding the employment of people with disabilities.

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1-800-669-4000 - the EEOC enforces the ADA’s employment provisions. The section of its Web site titled “Disability Discrimination” provides access to numerous publications, including several specifically designed to answer employer questions and concerns.

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Mental Health

  • Chrysalis Center Inc.  (860) 525-1261 - provides employment services to adults with psychiatric disabilities. The teams focus on finding employment that best matches the skills and interests of each worker; and a large pool of workers is available to meet a variety of staffing needs.

  • Connecticut’s Network of Care for Behavioral Health - resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health, providing information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

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Recruitment Assistance

  • Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN) 1-866-327-6669 - This web site is a one stop source for technical assistance exclusively for employers looking to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities.

  • Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)  1-202-693-7880 - WRP helps employers identify qualified college students with disabilities for summer work experience and in some cases full-time employment. Offers employers a database of pre-screened college graduates seeking temporary or permanent jobs. Employers may search the database by state or job category.

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State Resources

  • The Connecticut Tech Act Project (CTTAP) 860-424-4881 operates out of the State of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Our goal is to help individuals with disabilities of all ages and all disabilities, as well as family members, employers, educators and other professionals have access to Assistive Technology devices and services.

  • Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) (860) 602-4000 - responsible for initiating, coordinating and implementing the education and training of Connecticut’s blind and visually impaired residents. BESB serves Connecticut’s blind adults through ongoing educational, vocational and living skills programs in order to empower them to achieve employment success in their chosen profession and to enhance their self-sufficiency.

  • Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) 1-800-537-2549 - BRS offers vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to persons with physical and/or mental disabilities to enhance their employability and self-sufficiency. Assists employers in making job site accommodations. Staff can refer employers to rehabilitation engineers, job accommodation specialist and other employment consultation services.

  • Commission on Deaf and Hearing Impaired (860) 697-3560 - web site of the Commission on Deaf and Hearing Impaired. Advocates, strengthens and implements state policies affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their relationship to the public, industry, health care, and educational opportunities.

  • 2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 2-1-1 is always ready to assist you find the help you need. Dial 2-1-1 or search online. If you are outside of Connecticut or have a problem using the 2-1-1-number, dial 1-800-203-1234.

  • CT Business Leadership Network (860) 561-1232 - CTBLN is a coalition of Connecticut employers working to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and striving to improve recruitment and retention of qualified persons with disabilities.

  • Department of Labor - American Job Centers 1-888-CT WORKS - the Department of Labor assists people seeking jobs through a statewide network of employment assistance centers.

  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - web site of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.

  • Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (860) 263-6067 - the Governor’s Committee facilitates the development and implementation of programs and initiatives for the employment of people with disabilities. (PPT, 459KB)

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Tax Credits

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Workplace Accommodations

  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 1-800-526-7234 - a free, consulting service from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that provides individualized accommodations solutions and technical assistance on the ADA. Among the areas that JAN can address are:

    • Accommodation options and low-cost solutions 

    • Hiring, retaining and promoting qualified employees with disabilities 

    • Employer responsibilities under the ADA 

    • Reducing workers’ compensation and other insurance costs

    • Addressing accessibility issues

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