October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. Take time this month to ensure you understand the resources available to your clients with disabilities.
The United States Committee for Refugee and Immigrants (USCRI) Resource Guide for Serving Refugees with Disabilities includes an overview of cultural differences in perceptions of disabilities and a chapter on employment, covering topics like promoting employment among clients eligible for SSA benefits.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) sponsors these technical assistance resources:
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers guidance on disability employment issues. Search for accommodation information by disability for an overview of specific impairments along with accommodation ideas you can share with employers.
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD) has resources focused on employment for youth with disabilities. Their Innovative Strategies Practice Briefs contain ideas on topics like “Engaging Youth in Work Experiences” and “Career Exploration in Action.”
- Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has numerous resources for employers, as well as resources for job seekers, including a list of online job posting boards for people with disabilities.