Career and Employment



AskEARN connects employers with national networks of available job seekers in order to support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of people with disabilities. The site also includes soft skills tips, including interview and resume tutorials.

Career One Stop

This site is a U.S. Department of Labor sponsored site. It mentions career resources and information for those seeking jobs. It focuses on those interested in business. It is good for students – especially ones with disabilities because it allows them to explore various career opportunities and discusses what steps need to be taken to achieve the desired career. It also discusses how students can finance their education, so that they will be more able to obtain better jobs. It is a useful tool for career teachers, also.

Career and Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) website is dedicated to assisting youth in developing foundational skills, core workplace competencies, and specific skill competencies. CTE provides educational opportunities for youth to experience internships, practicums, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, dual enrollment programs, and apprenticeships. These types of experiences provide opportunities for youth to integrate and apply their academic and technical skills in the employment environment. The CTE website offers lesson plans and resources for teacher educators and youth with disabilities.

College & Career Readiness & Success Center (CCRS) Interactive State Map

The CCRS developed an Interactive State Map to highlight to parents and educators about the different college and career initiatives in each state.  The State Map can inform parents and educators on the following college and career readiness initiatives: Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive program; career and technical education (CTE) and CTE programs of study; dual enrollment and early college high schools; state longitudinal data systems (SLDS); national policy landscape and secondary and postsecondary alignment. Each state will highlight additional resources and information about college and career readiness. It is interesting to note that the CCRS Interactive State Map will allow individuals to compare states across one or more initiatives identified. To review the interactive state map, go to:

Connect-Ability for Youth

Connect-Ability works to bring Connecticut's employers and people with disabilities together by offering information, tools, and technical assistance to jobseekers and employers. This site is designed to help youth with disabilities and their parents explore important aspects of going to work. The menu includes: Why work? What do I want to do? What can I do? Getting experience. How do I get the job? Can I get help? Getting to Work. While it includes information specific to Connecticut (transportation, Department of Labor, and Vocational Rehabilitation services) there is a lot of useful material anyone can use.

Diversity World                                                                                                                           

The site addresses career and job development, disability, workforce diversity and employment issues.

Federal Schedule A Hiring Authority Fact Sheet: Tips for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Interested in Starting a Career with the Federal Government

Schedule A hiring authority (Schedule A) provides opportunities for youth and young adults with opportunities to work for the Federal Government. The fact sheet highlights the following categories: Learning about Schedule A and Introduction to Federal Government Employment. Youth and Young adults can learn about how to find a job and apply for a federal government position.

From College to Careers: Fostering Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in STEM

From College to Careers: Fostering Inclusion of People with Disabilities in STEM is a publication published by the Science/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  The purpose of the publication is to encourage the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the STEM fields from college to career.  The four chapters highlight possible strategies and best practices to encourage inclusion:

  • Chapter 1: Technologies to Facilitate the Active Participation and Independence of Persons with Disabilities in STEM from College to Careers
  • Chapter 2: Interventions with College Students to Increase Representation of Persons with Disabilities in STEM Careers
  • Chapter 3: College Students with Disabilities in STEM: Expanding Opportunities by Enhancing Communication of Evidence-Based Information with Stakeholders
  • Chapter 4: On the Sustainability of Programs for Students with Disabilities: Observations and Practical Ideas
High Expectations: Transforming the American Workforce as the ADA Generation Comes of Age

Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman, of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions published a report on the experiences of young adults with disabilities. These young adults with disabilities grew up as members of the ADA Generation. The report addresses four areas of opportunity for young adults with disabilities in transitioning into workforce: continuing and expanding supports in high school; supports and services in accessing postsecondary education; rethinking disability benefit programs to encourage employment; providing support in competitive employment settings. To learn more about the report, please go to:

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)                                           

JAN is a free consulting service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of US Department of Labor designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing (1) individualized worksite accommodations solutions, (2) technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and (3) information about self-employment options.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities. NCWD/Youth is a source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. The site provides information on disability, education, employment, and workforce development. The NCWD/Youth is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues.

NCWD/Youth Releases InfoBrief on Universal Design for Learning in Workforce Development Programs

NCWD/Youth has released the InfoBrief, Everybody Learns, Everybody Works: Using Universal Design for Learning in Workforce Development Programs. This brief for professionals who work directly with youth in workforce development programs explains the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an educational model that makes any general curriculum accessible to all learners, regardless of learning style. The brief describes how UDL principles can be used in work experiences and training settings to more effectively and efficiently engage all youth, including youth with disabilities. The brief is available online.

National Youth Employment Coalition                                        

The National Youth Employment Coalition is designed to give youth a full range of educational, developmental, vocational, economic and social opportunities that she or he may need to become a productive and self-sufficient individual in society.  The website offers resources such as career exploration and educational opportunities for students, parents, and teachers that would be useful throughout the transition process from high school to the post-secondary environment.

ODEP Unveils Skills to Pay the Bills Videos

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy unveiled a series of videos to complement its Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success training curriculum—a creative program of interactive, hands-on activities that educators and youth service professionals can use to help young people prepare for employment. The videos portray workplace scenarios related to enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, communication, critical thinking and problem solving, networking, and professionalism. Read the USDOL news release.
O*Net OnLine
Maintained by the Department of Labor, “The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.”

Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults Report

The Rockefeller Foundation published a report entitled, Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults.  The report highlights how employment opportunities for teens and young adults in 100 metropolitan areas have plummeted between 2000 and 2011. In 2000, teens (45%) between the ages of 16-19 were employed. In contrast, by 2011, teens (26%) between the ages of 16-19 were employed.  In addition, the report shared outcomes of groups that fared better in the labor market: Non-Hispanic whites, those from higher income households, and those with work experience. To increase employment opportunities for teens and young adults, the report highlighted recommendations for stakeholders including: incorporating more work-based learning (e.g., apprenticeships, co-ops, and internships) into education and training; creating tighter linkages between secondary and postsecondary education; ensuring training meets regional labor market needs; and facilitating the transition of young people into the labor market through enhanced career counseling, mentoring, occupational and work-readiness skills development. To access the full report, please go to:

The Career Pathways How-To Guide
This report from the Workforce Strategy Center outlines a step-by-step approach for locally implementing career pathways between K-12 education and the workforce and discusses how state-level officials can support those efforts.
The Massachusetts Work Based Learning Plan
This site, from Massachusetts, provides guidelines and checklists for a structured work based learning program that really simplifies many of the steps involved in workplace learning in The Massachusetts Work Based Learning Plan. This provides a means to assess and evaluate the student’s performance, and identify the specific skills used for work place learning. Especially helpful are the suggested goals and comments that are provided to teachers for provide thoughtful feedback to students. Combined with other state’s plans and manuals this can help to round out the transition process with additional tools.
The Washington State Worksite Learning Manual
A downloadable resource for secondary staff preparing students for the “worksite learning” experience. The manual outlines every aspect of a successful program for instructors, school administrators, coordinators, Special Education administrators, support personnel and anyone who is directly involved with the process, including employers and community members. The manual provides the definition of “work based” learning and its benefits, serves as a resource and as a reference for districts in the state of Washington.
US Department of Labor’s Virtual Workplace Flexibility Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Labor has launched its online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit to provide employees, job seekers, employers, policymakers and researchers with information, resources and a unique approach to workplace flexibility. Workplace flexibility policies and practices typically focus on when and where work is done. The toolkit adds a new dimension - an emphasis on flexibility around job tasks and what work is done.
Funded by the department's Office of Disability Employment Policy in partnership with the department's Women's Bureau, the toolkit makes more than 170 resources easily accessible, particularly for workers and job seekers with complex employment situations, such as parents of young children, single parents, family caregivers, mature workers, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, and individuals with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities and people with HIV/AIDS.
The toolkit, which can be accessed here and points visitors to case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles, websites with additional information, other related toolkits and a list of frequently asked questions. It is searchable by type of resource, target audience and types of workplace flexibility, including place, time and task. New information will be added to the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit as it is identified.
Virginia Employment Commission
This is the MAGIC web based catalog. MAGIC = The Mid-Atlantic Guide to Information on Careers.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 December 2014)