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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 CT

  • Connect-Ability - a web site 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.

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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.

  • Employment Laws: Disability & Discrimination - information on five important federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in employment and the job application process.
  • Employment Laws: Medical and Disability-Related Leave - when employees are injured or disabled or become ill on the job, they may be entitled to medical and/or disability-related leave under two federal laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, state Workers' Compensation laws have leave provisions that may apply. Depending on the situation, one or more of these laws can apply to the same employee. To help employers understand their responsibilities related to medical and disability-related leave, this web site provides an overview of each law, including information about where the laws intersect and overlap.

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Employment Assistance

  • Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) 1-866-327-6669 - EARN is a free service that connects employers looking for quality employees with skilled job candidates.   This web site is a one stop source for disability employment information including: recruiting services, tools and resources, employer success stories and business case for hiring people 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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Federal Resources

  • Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compliance Board - develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. Provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

  • Disability.gov - your on-line connection to the federal government's disability-related information and resources.

  • 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

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State Resources

  • 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 1-800-708-6796 - 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.

  • Department of Labor - American Job Center 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.

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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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Youth Programs

  • Youth Leadership Project - the Youth Leadership Forum is a program that empowers youth with disabilities to realize their leadership potential.

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