Disability Resources For Employers
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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
Commission on Deaf and Hearing Impaired
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.
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
Department of Mental Health and Addiction
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
- the Governor’s Committee facilitates the development and
implementation of programs and initiatives for the employment of
people with disabilities. (PPT, 459KB)