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Resources Related to the Employment of People with Disabilities

Accepting a Job Offer
Applying for a Job
Disclosing a Disability/Requesting Accommodations
Job Searching - Job Developing
Benefits Planning for Employment
Keeping a Job
Employing Youth with Significant Disabilities
Supporting Youth on the Job
Resources Related to the Employment of People with Disabilities

Resources Realated to the Employment of People With Disabilities

This section contains resources related to the employment of people with disabilities that (a) are "gateways" to research or other resources, (b) provide foundational information, or (c) may be of assistance to educators working with youth with disabilities.

NEW! Employment Transition Plan Template and Instructions

Project 10 developed an Employment Transition Plan Template and Employment Transition Plan Instructions with the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) to guide school district staff in the completion of the employment transition plan, which is required by section 1003.4282(11)(2)(a-d).

This plan must be completed for any student with a disability for whom the individual educational plan (IEP) team has determined that mastery of academic and employment competencies is the most appropriate way for a student to demonstrate his or her skills. It is recommended that school districts build flexibility into the plan to ensure student mastery of competencies and success in the workplace.

Please note: Districts are not obligated to use this template. The template is available in Microsoft Word which enables users to modify the plan to fit the need of the student.

Employment Transition Plan Template

Employment Transition Plan Instructions

The employment plan template and instructions may also ve found on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) BEESS Secondary Transition website at

NEW! National Technical Assistance Center on Transition, Postsecondary Education & Employment Preparation 
NTACT is a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas and TransCen, Inc. NTACT serves as a transition resource for state and local educational agencies and vocational rehabilitation agencies and service providers. The link provided is NTACT's temporary website. The organization is in the process of building a new website. Announcements, resources, and webinars are available on the website.

Employment First Initiative
Florida became an Employment First state by Executive Order in October, 2013. Employment First is both a philosophy and policy. It means that employment is the first option for all individuals, including those with significant disabilities.

Abilities Work
Florida's Employment First Initiative has developed the Florida Abilities Work Web Portal and Help desk to help employers find qualified candidates with disabilities who are ready and able to work in their communities, and provide them with information that would help with their hiring decisions. The web portal offers employment information for both employers and job seekers.

NEW! WorkSupport
Virginia Commonwealth University’s new web site contains information, resources, and research about work and disability issues for employers as well as people with disabilities and their families.

Transitions RTC
The Learning and Working during the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research & Training Center focuses on improving supports for youth ages 14-30 with serious mental health conditions so that they can move into rewarding work lives. The website contains information on research studies conducted by the RTC, RTC publications, and related resources.|

Let's Get Everyone to Work! (scroll down to Employment section)
These videos, developed by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC), focus on preparing youth with developmental disabilities for employment and independence. Two 45-minute videos, the Resource Toolkit for Students and Families and the Teaching Toolkit for Pre-Service Professionals discuss employment and independence strategies, high expectations, person-centered planning, and support networks. The five-minute Marketing Toolkit for Employers video describes the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities and available employer supports. Youth success stories are included in each video.

Skills to Pay the Bills
This curriculum was developed by the Office of Disability Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor. It focuses on youth ages 14-21 and provides short videos and instructional modules with hands-on activities in six skill areas including communication, teamwork, problem solving, and professionalism. Users may download the full publication, individual modules, and the videos.

Disability Statistics
This website from Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute provides national and state statistics that link employment and disability including employment rates, earnings, SSI, educational attainment, veterans, poverty, health insurance coverage, household income, and more. 

PEPNet2's Getting a Job! Transition Resources
PEPNet2's Getting a Job! resources--designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing transitioning to work and the professionals who work with them--are listed on this web page. Resources include topical videos, supporting documents and related materials, educator's guides, and role model videos. The videos incorporate American Sign Language, close captioning, print, and voice.

This free program and web site are designed to help individuals with communication, socialization, and learning differences explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning differences, ADD, speech or language disorders, and other areas of exceptionality may find the site particulaly helpful. The program (printables, assessments, and videos) is also suitable for use by educators, family members, clinicians, mentors, and job coaches.

USAJOBS - Individuals with Disabilities
USAJOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information and is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management. This page explains federal employment options for individuals with disabilities including competitive employment, noncompetitive appointments for veterans with disabilities, and noncompetitive schedule A appointments for individuals with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities. 

Employment Resources and Self-Help Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
Contains information for job-seekers with disabilities (government/private resources, laws and organizations that support transition to employment, resources for finding and applying for employment, and rights of employees with disabilities) and employers (employment laws and regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act, employer incentives, and workforce investment resources in Florida.)

The Able Trust 
The Able Trust’s mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment. The mission is accomplished through 2 main channels – youth programs and a grant giving program. The Able Trust youth programs provide career development and transition to students with disabilities. The Able Trust grant program provides funds to qualifying organizationstoprovide employment placement programs that assist individuals achieve employment in their community and in their career fields. 

Department of Education Disability Services 
Contains links to the Division of Blind Services, the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and their many resources and publications.           

Department of Education Workforce Education 
Contains information and links for career planning, career and technical education, the Apprenticeship Advisory Council, career academies, professional development, products, catalogs, technical assistance papers and more. 
Formerly, this Web site provides information to people with disabilities on federal and state benefits, civil rights, community life, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation. 

U.S. Department of Justice – Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page 
Information and technical assistance on the ADA as well as links to other federal agencies with ADA responsibilities.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy 
Provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Workplace Supports and Job Retention 
Research site studying supports that are most effective for assisting individuals with disabilities to maintain employment and advance their careers. Includes an "Ask Us" link for questions or comments.

Institute for Community Inclusion 
Offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizationstopromote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities. Some documents are available in Spanish.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth 
Provides information about employment and youth with disabilities including publications, best practices, and an on-line "feedback" form for comments, questions, and information requests.    

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition 
Coordinates resources, provides technical assistance, disseminates information related to secondary education and transition. Has a link for questions. 

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center 
Helps states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities; disseminates information; and provides technical assistance on scientifically-based research practices.

Division of Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children 
Promotes efforts to improve quality of and access to career/vocational/transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals, and influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities. Publications and resources include a long list of related web links.

NEW! 7980040 Preparation for Entrepreneurship/Self-Employment Scope and Sequence
The purpose of this scope and sequence is to support teachers implementing Preparation for Entrepreneurship/Self-Employment (Course Number 7980040), which includes activities and resources.

NEW! 7980110 High School Career Preparation Scope and Sequence
The purpose of this scope and sequence is to support teachers implementing High School Career Preparation (Course Number 7980110), which includes activities and resources.

NEW! 7980120 High School Career Experiences Scope and Sequence
The purpose of this scope and sequence is to support teachers implementing High School Career Experience (Course Number 7980120), which includes activities and resources.

NEW! 7980130 High School Career Placement Scope and Sequence
The purpose of this scope and sequence is to support teachers implementing High School Career Placement (Course Number 7980130), which includes activities and resources.

NEW! 7980150 Supported Competitive Employment Scope and Sequence 
The purpose of this scope and sequence is to support teachers implementing Supported Competitive Employment (Course Number 7980150), which includes activities and resources. 



The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
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