Disability Resources For Job Seekers
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.
Disability Initiatives in CT
Employment Initiative (DEI) http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/OWC/DEI.htm
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
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.
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
Employment Laws: Disability & Discrimination
- information on five important federal laws that protect individuals
with disabilities from discrimination in employment and the job application
Employment Laws: Medical and Disability-Related Leave -
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Department of Labor - American Job Center
1-888-CT WORKS - the Department of Labor assists people
seeking jobs through a statewide network of employment
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
Youth Leadership Project - The Youth Leadership Forum is a
program that empowers youth with disabilities to realize their
200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000
State of Connecticut