“Employment First”: employment in the general workforce as the first
preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for
age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.
APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on
employment and career advancement opportunities for
disabilities. APSE is a growing national non-profit
founded in 1988 and is now known as
Association of People Supporting
APSE has chapters in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Our members come
from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as several
APSE’s HR Connect offers consultation services to help businesses reach out
and partner with one of the strongest labor and customer pools in the
the disability community.
Universal Design for Workforce Development System
"Universal Design for the Workforce Development System is an innovative
collection of tools and resources, designed to assist workforce development
professionals in creating services to meet the diverse needs of all customers
of the workforce development system.
Universal Design for the Workforce Development System Toolkit
A collection of tools designed to be customized to the needs of a state or
workforce development system, and to support professionals in making
own system more welcoming and effective for every business and career
Access for All
Resources to enhance the ability of the Workforce Development System to meet
the needs of people with disabilities.
Framework for Systems Change: a Guide to Effectively Serving All
A flexible blend of strategies, services and supports designed to increase
options for career seekers with complex needs.
Portfolio Series on Customized Employment
Two concise and comprehensive guides to the practice of Customized Employment,
including explorations of Discovery, Career Development and Job Negotiation.
Part I: Practical Solutions to Employment Success
Part II: Applying Practical Solutions to Employment Success
Customized Employment Innovation: Findings from the Field
A collection of reports and best practice stories of practical and systemic
accomplishments from the ODEP-funded Customized Employment and
Customized Employment Findings from the Field
View our collection of supporting resources, including archived webcasts from
leaders in the field of Customized Employment.
Strategies, examples and regulations that guide universal design and systems
Our Areas of Expertise & Projects
Employment and disability-related online training
Disability Studies Courses
Disability related courses at Cornell University
ADA, Accommodation & Accessible IT
Northeast ADA Center
Community College Web Accessibility
Career Development Initiative
Inmate to Citizen Research
NYS Partners in Policy Making
NYS Sibling Needs Assessment
Disability Benefits and Work
New York State's Consortium for Advancement
of Supported Employment
New York State PROMISE
New York Makes Work Pay
Work Incentives Support Center
NYS Work Incentives Support Center
US & UK Return to Work Efforts
Disability Employment Research
Employer Practices RRTC
Employment Policy RRTC
EEOC Charge Data Research
National Employer TA Center
Disability Rehabilitation Research Program
Work-Life Balance and Disability:
Field Initiated Research Project
Disability Statistics Research
Census 2000 Disability Data
Educational Achievement & Transition
International Disability Research
Global Service Learning
Promoting the Employability and Employment of Persons
with Disabilities Through
NYC Work Incentives Grant
One-Stop Access for All
See More Information for Links to Selected Pages
on This Website
"Opened in July 1996, the Nathaniel H.
Center (KTC) at The Viscardi Center is a hands-on
where education, evaluation, and training services are offered to
children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who require
devices due to illness, injury or the natural aging process.
Through the use of
technology-based solutions, KTC is dedicated to
promoting the full
participation and independence of people with
disabilities, and others, by
enhancing their capabilities in school,
at work, at home, and in the community.
KTC also offers workstation evaluations for employers who want
to reduce their
workers’ compensation costs and keep employees
working. The Return to Work
(RTW) aspect allows employees
who were injured to return to work safely and
In addition to individuals, Kornreich Technology Center supports
in accommodating people with disabilities in their
roles as students, as
employees, within their families, and within
their communities. These include
school districts, public and private
employers, and community services such as
museums and parks,
benefit from judicious use of technology. Kornreich
assists these organizations through the process of choosing
implementing solutions and training professionals to work with people
"The National Rehabilitation Information
Center (NARIC) is the library
of the National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR.).
We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles,
reports, curricula, guides,
and other publications and products of the research
projects funded by NIDRR.
NIDRR funds more than 250 projects each year that
conduct research on a wide
range of issues including technology, health and
function, independent living, and
"This guide provides links to information
relevant to the effect disabilities can have
on workers and the workplace, as
well as governmental and institutional efforts to
combat discrimination on the
basis of disabilities."
Covered in This Guide
Associations and Organizations
Cases and Decisions
Statistics and Data
STATISTICAL DATA: Disability
FROM The United States Bureau of the Census
The Census Bureau collects data on disability
primarily through the
American Community Survey (ACS) and the Survey of Income
Program Participation (SIPP). The definitions of disability are not always
caution should be taken when making comparisons across surveys.
the SIPP estimates of disability prevalence are broader and
encompass a greater
number of activities on which disability status is
assessed. The ACS has a more
narrow definition but is capable of producing
estimates for states, counties, and
metropolitan areas. Because the ACS has
replaced the decennial long-form as the
source for small area statistics, there
is no disability data in the 2010 Census.
" The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is
the leading source of free, expert, and
confidential guidance on workplace
accommodations and disability employment issues.
Working toward practical
solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps
disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize
on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations,
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and
and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.
Assistance is available both
over the phone and online. Those who can benefit
from JAN’s services include private
employers of all sizes, government
agencies, employee representatives, and service
providers, as well as people
with disabilities and their families."
Americans with Disabilities Act
Hiring People with Disabilities
Laws & Regulations
Small Business & Self-Employment
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
prohibits discrimination against people
with disabilities in employment,
transportation, public accommodation, communications,
activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
publications and other technical assistance on the basic requirements
of the ADA.
It does not enforce any part of the law.
In addition to the Department of Labor, four federal agencies enforce the ADA:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces regulations
The Department of Transportation enforces regulations governing transit.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforces regulations covering
The Department of Justice enforces regulations governing public accommodations
state and local government services.
Another federal agency, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers
(ATBCB), also known as the Access Board, issues guidelines to
ensure that buildings,
facilities, and transit vehicles are accessible and
usable by people with disabilities.
Two agencies within the Department of Labor enforce portions of the ADA.
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has coordinating
authority under the employment-related provisions of the ADA.
The Civil Rights
Center is responsible for enforcing Title II of the ADA as it applies to the
labor- and workforce-related practices of state and local governments and other
entities. See the Laws & Regulations subtopic for specific
information on these provisions.
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Faith-based and Community Organizations
Homeless & Service Providers to the Homeless
Nonprofits/ Nongovernmental Organizations
People with Disabilities
Top 20 Requested Items
DOL Services By Location
Are You Covered?
What Employment Practices are Covered?
Who Is Protected?
How Are Essential Functions Determined?
What Are My Obligations to Provide Reasonable Accommodations?
What is the Best Way to Identify a Reasonable Accommodation?
When Does a Reasonable Accommodation Become An Undue Hardship?
Can I Require Medical Examinations or Ask Questions About an Individual's
Do Individuals Who Use Drugs Illegally Have Rights Under the ADA?
How will the ADA Be Enforced and What Are the Available Remedies?
How Will EEOC Help Employers Who Want to Comply with the ADA?
"The Americans with Disabilities Act of
1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate
in employment against a qualified
individual with a disability. The ADA also outlaws
discrimination against individuals
with disabilities in State and local government
accommodations, transportation and telecommunications.
This booklet explains
the part of the ADA that prohibits job discrimination.
This part of the law is
enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
and State and
local civil rights enforcement agencies that work with the Commission.
What Employers Are Covered by the ADA?
Job discrimination against people with disabilities is illegal if practiced by:
state and local governments,
and labor-management committees.
The part of the ADA enforced by the EEOC outlaws job discrimination by:
all employers, including State and local government employers, with 25 or more
employees after July 26, 1992, and
all employers, including State and local government employers, with 15 or more
employees after July 26, 1994.
Another part of the ADA, enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice, prohibits
discrimination in State and local government programs and activities, including
discrimination by all State and local governments, regardless of the number of
employees, after January 26, 1992.
Because the ADA establishes overlapping responsibilities in both EEOC and DOJ
for employment by State and local governments, the Federal enforcement effort
coordinated by EEOC and DOJ to avoid duplication in investigative and
activities. In addition, since some private and governmental
employers are already
covered by nondiscrimination and affirmative action
requirements under the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, EEOC, DOJ, and the
Department of Labor similarly
coordinate the enforcement effort under the ADA
and the Rehabilitation Act."
Disability Discrimination and Work Situations
Disability Discrimination and Harassment
Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation
Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship
Definition Of Disability
Disability and Medical Exams During Employment Application and Interview Stage
Disability and Medical Exams After A Job Offer For Employment
Disability and Medical Exams For Persons Who Have Started Working As Employees
"The majority of adults with intellectual
and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are either
unemployed or underemployed, despite
their ability, desire, and willingness to work in
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) regularly reports that the
of working-age people with disabilities in the labor force is about
one-third that of persons
with no disability. On average, workers with
disabilities face significant gaps in pay and
compensation, compared to workers
with no disability. Additionally, about one in three
charges filed with the United States Equal Employment
allege discrimination on the basis of disability (often, in
charges of other types of discrimination)."
May 12, 2012 - Opportunity Works was founded
in an attempt
to improve employment of people with disabilities. Forbes
Disabled Access Credit
The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small
businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to
persons with disabilities. An eligible small business is one that that earned
$1 million or less or had no more than 30 full time employees in the
year; they may take the credit each and every year they incur
expenditures. Refer to Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit (PDF),
about eligible expenditures.
Barrier Removal Tax Deduction
The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses
size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the
persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim
a deduction of
up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses for items that
normally must be
capitalized. Businesses claim the deduction by listing it as
a separate expense
on their income tax return. Also, businesses may use the
Disabled Tax Credit
and the architectural/transportation tax deduction
together in the same tax
year, if the expenses meet the requirements of both
sections. To use both, the
deduction is equal to the difference between the total
expenditures and the
amount of the credit claimed.
Work Opportunity Credit
The Work Opportunity Credit provides eligible employers with a tax credit up
40 percent of the first $6,000 of first-year wages of a new employee if the
employee is part of a “targeted group.” An employee with a disability is one of
the targeted groups for the Work Opportunity Credit, provided the appropriate
government agencies have certified the employee as disabled. The credit is
available to the employer once the employee has worked for at least 120 hours
90 days. Employers claim the credit on Form 5884, Work Opportunity Credit
If you are a new employer or new to employing
people with disabilities, you should
start by reading the Guide to Disability
Rights Laws. This guide summarizes the
major disability laws affecting
employers, governments, schools and other
Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires any employer with 15 or more
employees to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with
unless doing so would cause undue hardship. A reasonable
accommodation is any
change in the work environment that enables a person with
a disability to enjoy
equal employment opportunities.
Explore these resources for more information on how to comply with the ADA.
Americans with Disabilities Act : A Primer for Small Businesses
Provides an easy-to-read, overview of the basic employment provisions of the
as they relate to employees and job applicants.
Explains how to comply with the ADA's nondiscrimination standards when hiring
and employing people with disabilities.
Small Employers and Reasonable Accommodations
Offers answers to key questions facing small businesses in connection with
accommodations. Read about the obligations of both employers and
disabilities, and review the limits on how far employers must
go in providing reasonable
Hiring People with Disabilities
Now that you are familiar with ADA, you are ready to take the next steps in
people with disabilities. The following resources will help you
understand the ins and
outs of hiring people with disabilities.
This web page features links to these sites:
» ACCES-VR – Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –
» Americans with Disabilities Act
» Autism Society of America
» Better Business Bureau
» Brain Injury Assoc. USA
» DiNapoli Enhances His Financial Education Web Site
» Disability Info
» Disabled Veterans
» EEOC – Small Employers & Reasonable Accommodation
» Epilepsy Foundation
Hope for Youth Foundation
» JAN – Job Accommodation Network
» Muscular Dystrophy Association
» National Association for Down Syndrome
» National Association of the Deaf
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
» National Multiple Sclerosis Society
» National Spinal Cord Injury Association
New York State Department of Mental Health
» Office of Disability Employment Policy ODEP
» Paralyzed Veterans of America
» Putnam County
» Putnam Works for Business
» Social Security Administration
»Social Security for People Living with HIV/AIDS
» Tax Incentives for Employers
» United Cerebral Palsy
» United Way of Westchester and Putnam
» US Dept. of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy
» Westchester County
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related to employment.
Table A. Employment status of the civilian
noninstitutional population by
disability status and age, 2012 and 2013 annual
Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics Technical Note
Table 1. Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population by
disability status and selected characteristics, 2013 annual averages
Table 2. Employed full- and part-time workers by disability status and age,
2013 annual averages
Table 3. Employed persons by disability status, occupation, and sex,
Table 4. Employed persons by disability status, industry, class of worker,
sex, 2013 annual averages
Table 5. Persons not in the labor force by disability status, age, and sex,
2013 annual averages
"Work of decent quality is the most
effective means of escaping the vicious
circle of marginalization, poverty and
social exclusion. People with disabilities
are frequently trapped in this
vicious circle, and positive action is needed to
assist them in breaking out of
it. Barriers which disabled people face in getting
jobs and taking their place
in society can and should be overcome through
a variety of policy measures,
regulations, programmes, and services.
The ILO’s Disability Programme promotes equality of opportunity and
for persons with disabilities in vocational rehabilitation, training and
employment, as reflected in Convention No. 159 concerning Vocational
Rehabilitation of Employment of Disabled Persons, 1983, and the ILO Code of
Practice on Managing Disability in the Workplace adopted in 2001. It works to
increase knowledge on the training and employment of people with disabilities,
by carrying out applied research relating to policy and practice, compiling and
disseminating information, publishing guidelines and manuals, and sponsoring
other research and reports."
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Collective bargaining and labour relations
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Millennium Development Goals
The Post-2015 Development Agenda
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Skills, knowledge and employability
Disability and work
Tripartism and social dialogue
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Canine Partners of the Rockies
Hillsborough Co. Scholarship for Student with Disability
Hire Disability Solutions
Home Buying Guide For People with Disabilities
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
LOTSA Community Works
National Organization on Disability (NOD)
Outward Bound of North Carolina
Recruiting Qualified People with Disabilities
Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA)
Sign Language Interpreter
Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance (TBWA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business
United States Access Board
The Complete Guide to Finding a Job for
Individuals with Asperger Syndrome:
Find the Right Career and Get Hired
Author Barbara Bissonnetee
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012
ISBN 1849059217, 9781849059213
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