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Employment & Disability

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Indiana Resources

Experience Works, Inc
A national, charitable, community-based organization that helps seniors get the training they need to find good jobs in their communities. Click on Regional and Local Programs to see if it's available in your county. In Indiana call 1-866-976-5939.

Indiana Directory of Disability Resources: An extensive guide to disability services in the state, compiled by Breaking New Ground.

Indiana Disability Work Supports: Benefit Resources for Hoosiers with Disabilities
"This site is designed to help Hoosiers with disabilities understand how going to work will impact their state and federal benefits."

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community: Resources on employment and transition issues can be found at the Center on Community Living and Careers. The Center for Disability and Policy Studies sponsors trainings on ADA issues, including employment. The Center for Disability Information and Referral makes informational materials available to Indiana residents.

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Eligible persons may receive services and assistance for employment-related needs, including support for vocationally-related education. Look under State Government in the blue government pages of the telephone book for the number of your local office, or find regional offices listed on the web site above.

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center: INSTRC creates and enhances professional development activities and resources to improve school and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

Resource Guide for the Unemployed: A free guidebook to help unemployed Hoosiers and their families find programs, resources and other support.

Indiana Disability Rights: The mission of Indiana Disability Rights is to protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities through empowerment and advocacy.

Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities: An independent state agency that promotes public policy leading to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Indiana Workforce Development: Find your local Work One Center and other resources.

JobDoozy: An employment website for Hoosiers with disabilities featuring job listings from companies actively recruiting a diverse workforce in Indiana and for telecommuting jobs nationwide. is a project of The Fifth Freedom Network.

SHARE Network Indiana: A free, online, statewide Resource Directory “created to help Hoosiers find a job, keep a job, or obtain a better job.” SHARE is an online database of resources available to the public that can be used to help meet employment goals.

Career Collection from INSPIRE: Click on Search INSPIRE Database, then click on Career Collection. Indiana's Online Research Library has 100 free, full-text, online books on job hunting, internships, creating resumes, writing cover letters, interviewing, etc. 

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National Resources

America's Heroes at Work: A U.S. Department of Labor project that focuses on the employment challenges of returning service members living with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The site is designed for employers and the workforce development system, providing information and tools they can use to help these veterans.

American Foundation for the Blind's CareerConnect® Program: Click on CareerConnect. Job seekers can explore possible careers, contact a visually impaired mentor for advice, create their own resume online, and more. Available to blind and visually impaired persons of all ages in school, currently working, or seeking employment in any field. Registration is free.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Disability Mentoring Day: Occurs on the third Wednesday of every October, and implemented throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally.  Sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities, this initiative promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration.

Disabled Business Persons Association Click on "Employment." Covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities. Lists thousands of jobs from hundreds of employers who "actively seeking to recruit and provide employment for people with disabilities as part of their inclusive workforce.">

Integrated Employment Toolkit from the Office of Disability Employment Policy

Job Accommodation Network: A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

The LEAD Center website: a resource for information to promote public policy, employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people across the spectrum of disability.

National Campaign for Disability Employment

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Office of Disability Employment Policy: This U.S. Department of Labor office develops and influences disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

Proyecto Visión: A bilingual website for youth with disabilities. Click on Opportunities for Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships.

Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Search by type of disability to find specific examples of adaptations made by employers. "A comprehensive toolkit to telecommuting." Information, resources, and research about work and disability issues for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: An independent federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination.

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