ALABAMA RESOURCES

Think beyond the label – because Alabama Employs Ability! If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Alabama, here is your starting point for contact information on local resources to connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful. Need help finding employees? Visit www.rehab.alabama.gov/employers

Resources:

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services The department provides services to children and adults with disabilities through a seamless system of service delivery. » rehab.alabama.gov
Contact: Peggy Anderson 205-290-4457 peggy.anderson@rehab.alabama.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Alabama Business Leadership Employment (ABLE) Network The network works to identify areas of need to support Alabama employers by providing resources, information links and qualified job candidates. » alabamabln.org

ALASKA RESOURCES

The Governor's Council plays a key role is supporting the employer and disability community. We believe that Alaskans with disabilities should have equal opportunities in jobs, school or learning, transportation, owning a home, staying healthy, and participating in their communities. For this to happen requires Alaskans with disabilities to work and in doing so, they obtain and maintain their independence.

FIND THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB - The Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps employers find qualified, "job-ready" employees with disabilities.

HELP YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYEE WITH A DISABILITY - If you have an employee who has a disability or has recently developed a disability, DVR can also help by troubleshooting workplace modifications and teaching your employee how to better work around his/her disability.

CALL DVR'S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST NOW - CAll 907-269-3587 (1-888-330-6468 toll free) or visit http://www.labor.state.ak.us/dvr/business.htm for more information.

Resources:

Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education The council helps Alaskans with disabilities to have equal opportunities in jobs, school or learning, transportation, owning a home, staying healthy, and participating in their communities. » health.hss.state.ak.us/gcdse/jobs/
Contact: Patrick Reinhart 907-269-8554 patrick.reinhart@alaska.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The division helps Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs. » labor.alaska.gov/dvr
Contact: 800-478-2815

Alaska Works Initiative The initiative works with individuals, state agencies and service providers to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. » alaskaworksinitiative.org

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ARIZONA RESOURCES

Untapped Arizona serves as a single, primary go-to resource for businesses to help them connect with qualified job candidates with disabilities that meet their workforce needs as well as provide technical assistance to support them in hiring and retaining workers with disabilities.

Resources:

Untapped Arizona Untapped Arizona helps Arizona businesses meet their inclusive workforce needs through a coordinated, customer service oriented "one-stop shop" strategy. » untappedarizona.com
Contact: Deb Pryor 602-321-6869 dpryor@pib1.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

ARKANSAS RESOURCES

Arkansas thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Arkansas, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services ARS can help your business find qualified job applicants and solutions to disability-related issues » ace.arkansas.gov/arRehabServices/
Contact: Rodney Chandler 800-330-0632 rodney.chandler@arkansas.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

CALIFORNIA RESOURCES

Think beyond the label - because in California, Talent Knows No Limits! Explore www.talentknowsnolimits.info for California employer resources and on-line training.

Looking to find employees? Browse the contacts to the lower left to find agencies in California that can connect you to qualified workers with disabilities. A helpful place for employers to start is: www.dor.ca.gov/workplace. Do you already have employees with disabilities? Use www.db101.org to find information that your employees with disabilities need to know.

Resources:

Department of Rehabilitation-Workforce Development The department develops and coordinates links within the business community to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. » dor.ca.gov/Workforce-Development/
Contact: Michelle Alford-Williams 916-558-5400 wdsinfo@dor.ca.gov

California Includes Employment Initiative - Association of Regional Center Agencies The initiative provides employer information and assistance for hiring people with developmental disabilities. » arcanet.org/initiatives/employment/
Contact: 916-446-7961 employ@arcanet.org

CA.gov Office Locator This service helps people find local employment and training services based on where they live. » edd.ca.gov/Office_Locator/

California Business Leadership Network This network of employers support employers on disability topics. » cabln.org

California Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities The committee works to remove barriers to work and provides needed services to individuals with disabilities. » dor.ca.gov/boards-and-committees/CCEPD

Workforce Investment Works The association works to educate citizens about the Workforce Investment System and connect citizens to the right resources. » workforceinvestmentworks.com/california/

CalJOBS CalJOBS provides a complete set of employment tools for job seekers in California. » caljobs.ca.gov

California Department of Rehabilitation The department assists Californians with disabilities in obtaining and retaining employment and maximizing their ability to live independently in their communities. Employment, independence and equality » rehab.cahwnet.gov

COLORADO RESOURCES

DVR is the best resource for enhancing and building diversity of the Colorado labor force and should be an integral part of any employer's search for qualified, skilled career employees. Employers are supported by a seasoned, professional team that specializes in matching the best talent with the right jobs.

Check out "It's Just Different" for some great perspectives on diversifying your workforce.

Resources:

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The division helps employers find qualified candidates, specifically qualified individuals with disabilities. » dvrcolorado.com
Contact: Tom Reinhardt 303-866-3485 tom.reinhardt@state.co.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Rocky Mountain ADA Center (DBTAC) DBTAC provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act. » adainformation.org

CONNECTICUT RESOURCES

Connecticut thinks beyond the label. Here is your starting point to find the agencies and services in Connecticut that can connect you to qualified workers with disabilities and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Connect-Ability The department brings Connecticut's employers and people with disabilities together. » ct.gov/connect-ability
Contact: Kerri Fradette 866-844-1903 info@connect-ability.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

DELAWARE RESOURCES

As an operating business owner, you have customers waiting for services, production quotas to make, and deadlines to meet. You need skilled people who are motivated, dependable and reliable. In Delaware, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) understands the needs of business and represents one of Delaware’s greatest untapped labor pools...workers with the ability to do the job you want who just happen to have a disability. Call on us to become part of a workforce that creates a culture that values all workers including qualified individuals with disabilities.

Resources:

Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The division helps employers find motivated, reliable and dependable employees. » https://dvr.delawareworks.com
Contact: Cynthia Fairwell 302-761-8275 cynthia.fairwell@state.de.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM EST

FLORIDA RESOURCES

APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities. The agency is committed to including people with disabilities in the workforce. APD annually serves about 35,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities of mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit apdcares.org or call toll-free in Florida 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273).

Resources:

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) The Agency supports persons with developmental disabilities in living, learning, and working in their communities » apdcares.org

Division of Blind Services The division serves Floridians who are blind or visually impaired. » dbs.myflorida.com

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The program helps people who have physical or mental disabilities to gain or retain employment. » rehabworks.org
Contact: Eladio Amores 941-359-7811

GEORGIA RESOURCES

Georgia thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Georgia, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

HAWAII RESOURCES

Aloha kakou, Hawaii nei thinks beyond the label. Check out the Aloha state resources listed below for more information about how to find qualified workers with disabilities who are healthy and readly to work on six islands - Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii Island. Please visit our website www.hireabilitieshawaii.org

Hire Abilities Hawaii represents an innovative collaboration among the Department of Human Services (DHS), University of Hawaii Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Labor (DOL) and its statewide Workforce Development Council. Hire Abilities Hawaii provide provide resources to support employment for individuals with disabilities, and its resources are intended to be used by job seekers with disabilities, service providers, agencies and businesses.

Resources:

Hire Abilities Hawaii The division works to improve education, training, and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. » hireabilitieshawaii.org
Contact: Chin Lee 808-956-9142 chinlee@hawaii.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM HST

IDAHO RESOURCES

Idaho thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Idaho, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The division provides vocational counseling to assist people with disabilities to become employed » vr.idaho.gov
Contact: Helen Thorsen 208-334-3390 helen.thorsen@vr.idaho.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM MST

Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired The commission assists blind and visually impaired persons to achieve independence. » icbvi.idaho.gov
Contact: Nanna Hanchett 208-334-3220 ext 110
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM MT

Northwest ADA Center - Idaho The center promotes voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. » dbtacnorthwest.org/Idaho

Idaho Assistive Technology Project The project helps to increase availability of assistive technology for older persons and Idahoans with disablities. » idahoat.org

Idaho Department of Labor The department assists residents in finding jobs and overseeing a number of labor-related items. » labor.idaho.gov

ILLINOIS RESOURCES

Illinois has consistently been a leader in 'thinking beyond the label'. Our award-winning partnership, disabilityworks, funded by the IL Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, is a cooperative between the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, businesses, state and local governments and community service providers to support employers looking to hire individuals with disabilities.

Our comprehensive "virtual one-stop" Illinois workNet, seamlessly connects employers and qualified job-seekers. With the new Disability Resources Pathway, businesses, individuals and workforce professionals are easily connected to useful statewide and local information.

Resources:

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity DCEO is Illinois' Workforce Development agency providing economic development, training and follow-up retention services » illinoisworknet.com
Contact:
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services DRS provides vocational rehabilitation, home services, special programs for people who are blind or deaf, and early intervention services » www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29736
Contact: 800-843-6154
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

disabilityworks This innovative partnership of employers, Chambers of Commerce and the DCEO utilizes technology to expand access to workforce development resources aimed at individuals, businesses, and workforce professionals. » disabilityworks.org
Contact:
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM

INDIANA RESOURCES

Indiana thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Indiana, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Corporate Job Development The IVRC Development Project helps businesses across Indiana tap the amazing power of the disability community. » in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2636.htm
Contact: Kristina Blankenship 316-650-9828 kristina.blankenship@fssa.in.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Indiana Depatment of Workforce Development The department works to develop a premier workforce in Indiana. » in.gov/dwd

Indiana Business Leadership Network The network works to improve awareness among businesses about hiring people with disabilities. » inbln.org

Indiana Career Connect Indiana's premier job bank for finding employees with/without disabilities » indianacareerconnect.com

Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) The division provides services to people with disabilities to obtain and retain employment. » in.gov/fssa/2328.htm

IOWA RESOURCES

Iowa thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Iowa, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Employer's Disability Resource Network EDRN is a collaboration of state, federal and private partner agencies that add value to Iowa businesses hiring persons with disabilities » edrnetwork.org
Contact: Barb McClannahan 515-281-0264 edrn@iowa.gov

KANSAS RESOURCES

Check out the Kansas website at www.KansasEmployAbility.com.

The Business Resource for Disability and Employment.

Resources:

Kansas EmployAbility EmployAbility is the business eesource for disability and employment, helping businesses hire individuals with disabilities. » kansasemployability.com
Contact: Martha Gabehart 800-295-5232
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

KENTUCKY RESOURCES

Kentucky thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Kentucky, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation The office assists individuals with disabilities in Kentucky to find suitable employment and independence. » ovr.ky.gov
Contact: Julie Wade 606-677-4116 julied.wade@ky.gov

LOUISIANA RESOURCES

Louisiana thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Louisiana, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services LRS is a strategic business partner in helping employers find qualified job candidates to meet employer’s workforce needs » laworks.net/workforcedev/LRS/LRS_Main.asp
Contact: Chris Anthony 225-219-2389 canthony@dss.state.la.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Louisiana APSE The association advances employment and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities through education and advocacy. » apse.org
Contact: Derek White derek.white@la.gov

Work Pay$ Coalition WorkPay$ coalition supports innovation to encourage and support Louisiana employers in developing workforce diversity. » work-pays.org
Contact: David Gallegos 800-960-7705 dgallegos@work-pays.org

MAINE RESOURCES

Maine thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Maine, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Maine Business Leadership Network The employer-led affiliate is dedicated to promoting positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. » mainebln.org
Contact: Jim Baumer 207-215-1492 director@mainebln.org

Diversity Hiring Coalition of Maine The coalition provides employers with resources and connections to promote diversity in the workplace. » meshrm.shrm.org/diversity-hiring-coalition

Employment for ME This tool is a one-stop info source on hiring supports for business, job seekers and service providers. » employmentforme.org

MARYLAND RESOURCES

www.mdworkmatters.org is an employer dedicated site developed by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the Department of Disabilities and the Division of Rehabilitation Services that makes the business case for hiring individuals, highlights best practices, and provides contacts for employers in Maryland seeking to hire qualified candidates with disabilities. Technical assistance is also available for employers seeking to replicate or create new best practices that result in individualized integrated training and employment for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.

Resources:

The Department of Disabilities The department works to remove barriers for people with disabilities in education, employment, housing and transportation. » mdworkmatters.org
Contact: Jade Gingerich 410-767-3660 jgingerich@mdod.state.md.us

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation The department provides job development and employment training to help citizens gain the necessary skills they need to enter the workforce. » dllr.maryland.gov
Contact: Sara Muempfer 443-248-3583 smuemper@dllr.state.md.us

Maryland Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services The department helps people with disabilities go to work and gain independence. » dorsworks.org
Contact: Darlene Peregoy 410 554-9408 dperegoy@dors.state.md.us

Maryland Department of Disabilities The department works to coordinate? and improve the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities. » mdworkmatters.org

MASSACHUSETTS RESOURCES

Work Without Limits is a technical assistance center for employment of people with disabilities. Our mission is to strengthen the workforce by advancing work opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Work Without Limits is managed by the Disability, Health and Employment Policy (DHEP) unit at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. DHEP focuses on five core areas: 1) promoting employment, health and well-being of people with disabilities; 2) providing direct employment-related support services to people with disabilities; 3) providing training and technical assistance to employers and employment service providers; 4) conducting disability and health-related research and evaluation. For more information contact Kathy Petkauskos, Senior Program Director, at kathy.petkauskos@umassmed.edu or 508-856-3897.

Resources:

Work Without Limits, University of Massachusetts Medical School The network aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities. » workwithoutlimits.org
Contact: Michelle Nowers info@workwithoutlimits.org
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM EST

MICHIGAN RESOURCES

Michigan thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Michigan, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Michigan Rehabilitation Services The division works to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. » michigan.gov/mrs
Contact: Barry Reinink 877-901-7361

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons The buraeu provides services for people who are blind or visually impaired that empower them to achieve their individual goals. » michigan.gov/mcb
Contact: 800-292-4200

MINNESOTA RESOURCES

Minnesota thinks beyond the label. Disability Employment Specialists, located throughout the state, are ready to help your business move forward in tapping into the underutilized talent pool of Minnesotans who have disabilities. Use the link below under "More Information" to find a Disability Employment Specialist near you.

Resources:

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Find a Disability Employment Specialist » mn.gov/deed

MISSISSIPPI RESOURCES

Mississippi thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Mississippi, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

MISSOURI RESOURCES

Missouri thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Missouri, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

MONTANA RESOURCES

Montana thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Montana, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

DPHHS Disability Transitions Programs DPHHS includes Vocational, Low Vision, Telecommunications, Medicaid, Transportation, Transitions & Disability Services » dphhs.mt.gov
Contact:
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

NEBRASKA RESOURCES

Nebraska thinks beyond the label. Here is your starting point to find the agencies and services in Nebraska that can connect you to qualified workers with disabilities and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Nebraska Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation The department's team of experts provides direct services for employers and people with disabilities that lead to employment. » vr.nebraska.gov
Contact: Jim Coyle 402-430-1689
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Work Incentives Network (WIN) Employer Nebraska WIN is a centralized source of information for people with disablities and employers who want to find dedicated, talented workers. » nebraskatickettowork.org
Contact: Karen Goehring 402-345-2200 ext 1114 kgoehring@ne.easterseals.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Nebraska Department of Labor The department connects your business with job seekers, laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans and people with disabilities. » dol.nebraska.gov
Contact:
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska The organization helps people with disabilities grow into more independent lives with effective programs that assist with employment and life skills. » goodwillne.org
Contact: Becki Koehler 402-461-7010 ext 204 bkoehler@goodwillne.org
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM CST

NEVADA RESOURCES

Nevada thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Nevada, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation The department provides Nevada's businesses with access to a qualified workforce and encouraging equal employment opportunities. » detr.state.nv.us
Contact: Ken Pierson 775-823-8110 k-pierson@nvdetr.org

NEW HAMPSHIRE RESOURCES

New Hampshire thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in New Hampshire, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful. Check out the New Hampshire website at http://www.nhletsworktogether.org/.

Resources:

New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation » education.nh.gov/career/vocational
Contact: Jim Hinson 603-271-7093
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

NEW JERSEY RESOURCES

New Jersey thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in New Jersey, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

NJ WorkAbility The program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid. » www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/projects/discoverability

Division of Disability Services/Department of Human Services The division works to streamline access to services and information that promote and enhance independent living for individuals with all disabilities . » www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds

New Jersey Business Leadership Network BThe business-to-business network supports the employment of workers with disabilities. » njbln.org

NJ Commission for the Blind The commission provides services in the areas of education, employment, independent living and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community. » www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi

NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services The division works to enable individuals with disabilities to achieve employment outcomes consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities and capabilities. » jobs4jersey.com/jobs4jersey/jobseekers/disable

NEW MEXICO RESOURCES

New Mexico thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in New Mexico, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

New Mexico Business Leadership Network Employers' Disability Resource: We help employers develop best practices in disability employment » newmexicobln.com
Contact: Tessah Latson 505-379-0572 tessah@newmexicobln.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM MST

Working Disabled Individuals Program (WDI) WDI provides individuals with disabilities information about Medicaid. » sharenm.org/knowledgebase/resourceAssistanceTopic.php?topic=3193
Contact: Ernesto Rodriguez 888-997-2583 ernesto.rodriguez@state.nm.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Disability Program Navigators This initiative assists individuals with disabilities to navigate through available programs and services. » www.dws.state.nm.us/Job-Seeker/Resources/Disability-Program-Navigator

Governor's Commission on Disability The commission works to improve the quality of life of all New Mexicans with disabilities by addressing social integration, and economic self-sufficiency. » gcd.state.nm.us

New Mexico Workforce Connection The online portal connects people to virtual job matching services, employment resources, and the unemployment Insurance system. » https://jobs.state.nm.us

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The division prepares and assists potential employees with disabilities to increase their economic independence through employment. » dvrgetsjobs.com

Department of Workforce Solutions (State DOL) The department works to educate, empower, and employ. » www.dws.state.nm.us

NEW YORK RESOURCES

New York thinks beyond the label. Here is your starting point to find the agencies and services in New York that can connect you to qualified workers with disabilities and the resources you need to be successful. If you are an employer/business:

Resources:

New York Makes Work Pay This statewide initiative provides policy and practice solutions to address New York State's high unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities. » newyorkmakesworkpay.org
Contact: 518-474-2338 thinkbeyondthelabel@omh.state.ny.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 6 PM

NORTH CAROLINA RESOURCES

The North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is working for your business. You've got products to deliver, deadlines to meet, customers to serve and you need people to help you get the job done. VR has become the premier resource to connect the business community and jobseekers. Allow VR to help you with your business needs. VR assists individuals with a variety of skills and abilities with finding good careers. Employers are supported by VR’s Business Relations Representatives and other professional staff that have a proven track record of being a reliable source that will match the best talent with the right jobs. Seize the "VR advantage":

This ad campaign is sponsored by NC VR's Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, working to increase employment among people with disabilities in our state

Resources:

NC Department of Health and Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Services The department provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities. » ncdhhs.gov/dvrs
Contact: Jamalh Greene 919-855-3588 thinkbeyondthelabel@dhhs.nc.gov

NC Division of Services for the Blind The division provides services to people who are visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind to help them reach their goals of independence and employment. » ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dsb
Contact: Craig Respess 919-733-9822 craig.respess@dhhs.nc.gov

NORTH DAKOTA RESOURCES

North Dakota thinks beyond the label.

Resources:

North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The department assists people with disabilities improve employment opportunities and helps businesses find solutions to their disability-related issues. » nd.gov/dhs/dvr/
Contact: Harley Engelman 800-755-2745 hengelman@nd.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Job Service North Dakota The service delivers resources to targeted workforce sectors, administers the state and federal unemployment insurance program, and provides labor market information for community leaders. » jobsnd.com
Contact: Randy Spitzer 800-366-6888 rspitzer@nd.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

OHIO RESOURCES

Ohio thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Ohio, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities The agency partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. » ood.ohio.gov
Contact: Eileen Corson 800-282-4536

OKLAHOMA RESOURCES

Oklahoma thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Oklahoma, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

OREGON RESOURCES

Over 6000 Oregon businesses have found the answer to their employment needs. Motivated, Reliable, Dependable. What every employer is looking for in an employee. We understand employers need to find and employ the best candidates. The Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services Department (OVRS) represents one of Oregon's greatest untapped labor pools: skilled, motivated, responsible men and women — willing workers — who happen to have disabilities. They're not looking for a handout, just the same thing that other job candidates hope for: A chance to prove themselves.

Resources:

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services The office assists individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities. » egov.oregon.gov/DHS/vr
Contact: Selaina Miller 877-477-1701 beyond.the.label@state.or.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM PST

Oregon Business Plan The plan strives to create jobs, raise incomes, and reduce poverty in Oregon. » oregonbusinessplan.org

PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES

Pennsylvania thinks beyond the label. "Think Beyond the Label" and "Works for Me" are helping to bridge the gap between qualified candidates with disabilities who want to work and employers who want to hire people with disabilities. "Works for Me" is a resource for people with any kind of disbility and employers who may be interested in hiring a person with a disability. Here is your starting point to find the agencies and services in Pennsylvania that connect you qualified workers with disabilities and the resurces you need to be successful. Visit the website www.WorksForMe-PA.org

Resources:

Works For Me - PA This statewide resource helps people with disabilities seeking employment and businesses interested in hiring people with disabilities. » worksforme-pa.org/im-an-employer.html
Contact: James Marker 717-346-9746 jamarker@pa.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM PM

Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network The network is designed for business leaders to promote hiring practices that enable qualified people with disabilities to enter and succeed in the workplace. » blnofpa.org

RHODE ISLAND RESOURCES

"Rhode Island Thinks Beyond The Label"

Resources:

Network RI This one-stop career center helps jobseekers find the right job and employers looking for qualified employees. » networkri.org
Contact: Vincent Rossi 401-462-8905 vrossi@networkri.org
Hours: Monday -Thursday 8 AM -4 PM Friday 10-4

Rhode Island Business Leadership Network The network promotes best practices to enhance employment opportunities for candidates with disabilities. » ri-bln.com

SOUTH CAROLINA RESOURCES

South Carolina thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in South Carolina, here is your starting point . These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

SOUTH DAKOTA RESOURCES

South Dakota thinks beyond the label. South Dakota's Freedom to Work Project supports people with disabilities seeking employment, and it supports employers seeking a diverse workforce. The project supports employers who are wanting to: (1) Network with other employers, human resource managers, rehabilitation providers and potential job candidates; (2) Access qualified job candidates in order to meet their labor needs of today and tomorrow; and (3) Share information on topics such as accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disability etiquette, and hiring incentives. Here is your starting point to find the agencies and services in South Dakota that can connect you to qualified workers with disabilities and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) DRS helps individuals with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency, personal independence and full inclusion into society. » dhs.sd.gov/drs
Contact: Bernie Grimme 605-773-3195 bernie.grimme@state.sd.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Freedom to Work The Freedom to Work project educates and provides resources for individuals with disabilities and employers looking to hire qualified workers. » ftw.sd-ccd.org

TENNESSEE RESOURCES

Tennessee thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Tennessee, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or “one company” approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

TEXAS RESOURCES

Texas' DRS/DBS Business Relations and Employment Assistance Services Consultants help businesses statewide develop innovative solutions to hiring and retaining a diverse, quality workforce. Whether your need is to find a qualified employee, keep a valued employee, or find answers about diversity and disability issues, we can help. Join thousands of Texas businesses who are thinking beyond the label by contacting one of our representatives today!

Resources:

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Vocational Rehab The VR program helps people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find or keep employment. » www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml
Contact: Patricia Harris 214-491-1316 patricia.harris@dars.state.tx.us

DARS Division for Blind Services DBS assists blind or visually impaired individuals and their families and offers services to help regain independence or find a job. » dars.state.tx.us/services
Contact: Rebecca Soto 512-377-0583 rebecca.soto@dars.state.tx.us

UTAH RESOURCES

Join Utah businesses who are diversifying their workforces. Hire qualified workers with the skills you need. Be the employer who has the knowledge, skills and desire to include people with disabilities in your workforce!

PWDNET (People With Disabilities Network) is a coordinated interagency resource for business. The purpose of this network is to link employers and qualified job seekers who have disabilities. Network employers receive training and supports in recruiting, training and retaining individuals with disabilities. These supports include:

PWDNET also offers businesses the ability to target job openings to qualified candidates with disabilities. As a member of the PWDNET you are demonstrating your commitment to a diverse qualified workforce.

Resources:

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Department of Workforce Services The department assists eligible individuals in obtaining employment and increasing their independence » usor.utah.gov
Contact: Leah Lobato 801-887-9538 leahlobato@utah.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Work Ability Utah Work Ability links employers in the business community with the qualified workforce of people with disabilities. » workabilityutah.org
Contact: Carol Ruddell 801-887-9529 cruddell@utah.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Choose to Work CTW is a service provided, at no cost, to meet business needs with customized services and qualified applicants. USOR and DWS partner to ensure employment success. » usor.utah.gov/choose-to-work

Job Accommodation Network JAN is a source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations; it helps employers capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. » askjan.org

Utah Center for Assistive Technology The center helps people with disabilities identify and obtain assistive technology that will enhance the quality of their lives. » ucat.usor.utah.gov
Contact: Kent Remund 801-887-9531 kremund@utah.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

VERMONT RESOURCES

Vermont thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Vermont, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Creative Workforce Solutions This VocRehab Vermont initiative offers employment services to VT businesses. » cwsvt.com
Contact: Hugh Bradshaw 802-241-2728 hugh.bradshaw@ahs.state.vt.us
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM

VIRGINIA RESOURCES

Virginia thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Virginia, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services The department provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, and independence of Virginians with disabilities and their families. » vadars.org
Contact: Ethel F. Walker 804-367-1061 ethel.walker@drs.virginia.gov

WASHINGTON RESOURCES

Washington thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Washington, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The division helps individuals with disabilities to participate fully in their communities and become employed. » dshs.wa.gov/dvr
Contact: John Evans dvremploymentservices@dshs.wa.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind Creating Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities » dsb.wa.gov
Contact: Lisa Willette 800-552-7103 info@dsb.wa.gov
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM t- 5:30 PM

Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE) The initiative promotes equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities tThrough innovation, training, and technical assistance. » gowise.org

DVR Employer Services DVR offers a variety of support services to assist employers in hiring and retaining VR customers with disabilities. » dshs.wa.gov/ra/division-vocational-rehabilitation/services-employers

DVR Employment Services Team Representatives are available statewide to assist employers trying to keep an employee with disability productive, find qualified applicants with disabilities, reduce hiring costs, or enhance your workforce.diversity programs. » dshs.wa.gov/ra/division-vocational-rehabilitation/employment-services-team

WEST VIRGINIA RESOURCES

Think of the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services as a strategic business partner in helping to build a diverse, qualified and productive workforce. DRS employment specialists help employers find qualified job candidates to meet your workforce needs.

DRS is the primary resource for vocational rehabilitation in West Virginia, with more than 80 years of experience in matching employers with qualified workers. The expertise developed in that time makes DRS a logical first step for West Virginians with disabilities who want to work, and for West Virginia employers seeking skilled and reliable employees.

Resources:

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services WThe agency helps people with disabilities prepare for and maintain employment. » wvdrs.org
Contact: Stephanie Decker stephanie.a.decker@wv.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5:30 PM

WISCONSIN RESOURCES

Wisconsin thinks beyond the label. If you're thinking about hiring employees with disabilities in Wisconsin, here is your starting point. These agencies and services are local resources for hiring workers with disabilities, and they can connect you to both the qualified workers and the resources you need to be successful.

Resources:

Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The agency provides employment and training services to people with disabilities and supports employers who hire DVR customers. » dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr
Contact: 800-442-3477
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Wisconsin WORKNET Wisconsin's workforce and labor market information system » worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet

Office of Veterans Services The office provides employment and training services for veterans and support services for the employers who hire them. » dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans
Contact: Ken Grant 608-267-7277

Job Center of Wisconsin The Wisconsin-centered employment exchange links employers with anyone looking for a job. » jobcenterofwisconsin.com
Contact: 888-258-9966

DVR On the Job Training Initiative This individualized training program is conducted at the actual work site where a job applicant receives specific training required to secure employment. » dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/publications/dvr/pdf/dvr_16655_p.pdf

Assistive Technology Resource Center WisTech provides information on selecting, funding, installing and using assistive technology. » dhs.wisconsin.gov/disabilities/wistech
Contact: contactus@wiatrc.org

WYOMING RESOURCES

Wyoming thinks beyond the label! This site is for business owners, chief executives and human resource managers/directors who have questions about hiring people with disabilities or questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how the Act applies to hiring and employees. Contact the individual listed on this page.

Resources:

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities » uwyo.edu/wind/community/supports/support.asp
Contact: Lisa Bunning 888-989-9463 bunningl@uwyo.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Wyoming Workforce Services The division bridges human and economic development for Wyoming's future. » wyomingworkforce.org

Wyoming Business Leadership » usbln.org/affiliates.html

Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation » wyomingworkforce.org/vr

Wyoming Institute for Disabilties The institute works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention. » uwyo.edu/wind

MULTISTATE RESOURCES

If your business hires employees in more than one state, here is your starting point to find agencies and services that can connect you to qualified workers with disabilities on a national level.

Resources:

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation The national network of the 80 public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs supports a united or "one company" approach to working with business customers » rehabnetwork.org/customers-2/business
Contact: Kathy West-Evans 206-999-9455

DVR Different YouTube Channel Check out "It's Just Different" for some great perspectives on diversifying your workforce » youtube.com/user/dvrdifferent

Disability Benefits 101 The World Institute on Disability provides tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits. » db101.org

Disability.gov The federal government's disability hub provides a number of resources for employers including information on tax credits and accomodations. » disability.gov/employment/employing_people_with_disabilities

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) USBLN helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. » usbln.org

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESOURCES

The District of Columbia's Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) can provide assistance to employers who are thinking about hiring employees with disabilities. Employers who hire RSA clients can be assured that their new employee will have received the proper training and education to do their job effectively at no cost to the employer. The following is a link to the employer page on the DC RSA web site. http://dds.dc.gov/DC/DDS/Rehabilitation+Services+Administration/Information+For+Employers

The DC Metro Area thinks beyond the label. The DC Metro Business Leadership Network (DC Metro BLN) -http://www.dcmetrobln.org/ - is an organization of employers committed to promoting the best practices in hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland.

Resources:

DC Rehabilitation Services Administration The administration provides innovative services that enable people with disabilities to lead meaningful and productive lives. » dds.dc.gov/DC/DDS
Contact: Sylvia Bailey-Charles 202-442-8494 sylvia.bailey-charles@dc.gov