Federal Government


Campaign for Disability Employment


The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), within the U.S. Department of Labor, have released “Who I Am” public service announcement in the format of posters and discussion guides. The “Who I Am” public service announcement introduces nine individuals with disabilities who share who they are and their roles within the world of work. To download the posters and discussion guide, please go to: http://promotions.usa.gov/odep.html#campaign



Resource for providing students fast facts on their disability, legal rights, community life, employment, etc. Self-knowledge is crucial for students with disabilities to succeed in post-secondary life. The ergonomic design of the site facilitates user’s acquisition of knowledge.

Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue


Federal Partners in Transition hosted a National Online Dialogue on May 13-May 27, 2013. The Federal Partners in Transition includes the U.S. Department of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration. Stakeholders from all over the United States invested in transitioning youth participated in online discussions and posted ideas on how to better serve youth with disabilities. A final report was recently published highlighting the ideas and discussions that took place during the national online dialogue. To learn more about the dialogue, please go to: http://fptepolicyworks.ideascale.com/community-library/accounts/90/909643/FPT-National-Dialogue-Metrics-Report_September-2013-FINAL-a.pdf

Federal Partners in Transition Release 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan 


The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) recently released the 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy. The Federal Partners in Transition is a workgroup with representatives of several federal agencies, including the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Social Security Administration, which are involved in promoting inclusive service delivery for transitioning youth with disabilities from school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and independent living. This report outlines how FPT will enhance interagency coordination through the identification of compatible outcome goals and policy priorities, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for youth with disabilities by 2020. Read the report online. 

National Center for Homeless Education


The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) at the SERVE Center is a web site supporting the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NCHE is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center in the area of homeless education, and covers such areas as products and resources (national, state, and local), legislation, and best practices.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Dear Colleague Letter Re: Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities as They Transition from Secondary to Postsecondary Education Settings


In a “Dear Colleague/Parent” letter dated March 16, 2007, Stephanie Moore, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights explains the legal rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities as they transition from secondary to postsecondary education settings. The Secretary encourages visitors to disseminating. OCR enforces Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) – Products and Publications (that are available to the public)


Specific and basic information disabilities and employment are provided on this Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) web site. OSERS, through its many programs, projects and activities, develops a wide range of information products, publications and data resources.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights


This site is helpful all those involved with students with disabilities. It explains their rights so that they will not be discriminated against. It lists programs and initiatives, as well as contact information. There is a wealth of resource links, as well as news updates.  There is also a link for prevention of discrimination. This is helpful for students as they begin working, as well as for teachers who are helping to locate jobs for students.

U.S. Department of Education: IDEA Building the Legacy-Topic: Secondary Transition                       


This is one in a series of documents, prepared by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education that covers a variety of high-interest topics and brings together the regulatory requirements related to those topics to support constituents in preparing to implement the new regulations.

U.S. Department of Labor—Office of Disability Employment Policy


This website is very informative as it provides information and resources for students, parents, and employers. The information is nicely laid out and includes easy to find linked resources. Employers can find information on assistive technology, healthcare, housing, and transportation to name a few. Students and parents can find information on laws, and opportunities in the workplace. Along with every page, there are recommended websites and research that may be of interest.

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau and Statistics for Kids


The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Web site for kids provides introductory career information for students in Grades 4-8. Most of the material on the site has been adapted from the Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook —a career guidance publication for adults and upper-level high school students that describes the job duties, working conditions, training requirements, earnings levels, and employment prospects of hundreds of occupations.

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics


This site provides an absolute wealth of knowledge for educators, administrators and citizens alike. Specifically, there is subsection of this site dedicated for students in the transition process, called Career Information for Kids. Educators can use this as a tool for everything from interest inventories to statistical breakdowns of every aspect of the community.

U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2012-2013 Edition                                                                                           


This website developed by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides access to the annual Occupational Outlook Handbook. This handbook provides information related to industry market trends, specifically providing detail related to occupational clusters (group of job categories) and specific jobs and information (as outlined on the website home page) related to an occupation’s: (i) training and education needed, (ii) earnings, (iii) expected job prospects, (iv) what workers do on the job, and (v) working conditions.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management


OPM provides information on federal disability hiring programs and how to get accommodations in the federal work place.


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Last Updated (Monday, 06 April 2015)