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.
The Viscardi Center – Providing a lifespan of programs and services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities.
Human Centered Design
Dedicated to enhancing the experiences
of people of all ages, abilities, and cultures
through excellence in design.
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 -
Welcome to Connecticut’s Network of Care
for Behavioral Health, made possible through State and Private
Partnerships committed to promoting access to behavioral health
care information for all residents of Connecticut.
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.
Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
- 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.
Department of Aging and Disability Services
Maximizing opportunities for the independence and
well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in
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.
Disability:IN Connecticut's mission is to support businesses
in Connecticut which are committed to disability inclusion in the workplace
and supply chain.
Department of Labor - American Job Centers
- 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)