Answering Your Questions
As an employer, you may be interested in hiring a youth with a disability, but may not know how to get started. As a Transition Specialist, you may have questions about how to work effectively with local employers. As a service provider, you may have questions about best practices in supporting youth and young adults with disabilities in employment. Having questions is the first step, but it is also important that you act.
This section of the YES! Center website is for employers and disability employment service providers (such as school transition programs, Vocational Rehabilitation or community supported employment staff) looking for information on how they can take the first steps towards hiring and supporting youth and young adults with disabilities in employment. If you don’t find the information you are looking for, feel free to contact us directly – we are happy to help.
The federal government’s webpage for recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities, administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Getting Hired Website
This website is dedicated to helping inclusive employers hire professional individuals and veterans with disabilities.
Hiring People with Disabilities
This website, by the U.S. Small Business Administration offers information on various programs that encourage the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities.
Hiring People with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides many resources on recruiting and hiring people with disabilities. Specifically, its Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
Career Exploration in Action
This brief provides practical examples and resources used by promising and exemplary youth programs to engage youth in career exploration. Developed and maintained by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth).
This site is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. This webpage offers information on Career Exploration & Skill Development.
This website provides Frequently Asked Questions on Career Guidance and Exploration. It was developed by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at the Institute of Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.
U.S. Department of Labor Website
The DOL’s website providing information on Career Preparation and Work-Based Learning Experiences.
Engaging Youth in Work Experiences
This Innovative Strategies Practice Brief provides practical examples and resources used by promising and exemplary youth programs to engage youth in work experiences. Developed and maintained by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth).
What to Know about Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students and Youth with Disabilities
This fact sheet was created to address the compatible outcome goals and policy priorities identified in The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy and provides a quick glance of available resources. It was created by the Federal Partners in Transition (FPT). FPT is a workgroup with representatives the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Social Security Administration.
List of Local Vocational Rehabilitation Offices
This site offers visitors a comprehensive listing of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, prepared by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of ODEP.
This site houses information, resources, and research about work and disability issues from Work Support, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU RRTC).
Services for Adults with Disabilities
Once a student with a disability leaves high school, other agencies are available to assist with putting the individual in contact with helpful resources. The Center for Parent Information & Resources prepared this listing of resources for adults with disabilities to help them get started. This listing contains organizations that provide information, referral, and/or direct services.
Accommodation and Compliance Series: Job Coaching in the Workplace
JAN's Accommodation and Compliance Series is a publication designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Supporting Individuals with Significant Disabilities: The Roles of a Job Coach
This document is Virginia Commonwealth University's RRTC fact sheet on Job Coaching.
The Importance of Natural Supports
A publication about Natural Supports by Think College, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston, a University Center for Excellence in Disability.
Supported Employment and Natural Supports: A Critique and Analysis
This paper provides a brief but critical review of the concept of natural supports, by Worksupport, a web portal that highlights Virginia Commonwealth University’s funded projects on many topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities.
Job Accommodation Network's Website
JAN’s homepage, providing free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
Disability Employment: Reasonable Accommodations
OPM’s webpage on Reasonable Accommodations and Disability Employment.
Disability Employment: Providing Accommodations
OPM’s webpage on Providing Accommodations and Disability Employment.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations After High School
A publication was written by the PACER Center, a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults.
ADA National Network’s (ADANN) Website
The ADANN provides information, guidance and training on the implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA.
A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community Business Partnerships
This publication is by TransCen, Inc. in partnership with The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT).
Partners > Benefits Chart
This resource features an illustrated flow chart adapted from the Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community Business Partnerships, listed above.