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Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy fact sheets:

Soft Skills: The Competitive Edge
What do employers look for in new employees? According to the 2006 report Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce, it may not be what some young job seekers expect.

Tips on How Parents Can Put Their Children with Disabilities on the Path to Future Employment
Start early, promote education, encourage work-based learning experiences, developing leadership opportunities, setting goals, and more...

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency preparedness is the preparation and planning necessary to effectively handle an emergency. It involves individuals developing an emergency plan that identifies services they require, and what resources they need to have on hand in case of an emergency (Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabiltiies).

Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) Program
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced a new program that will allow Marylanders with disabilities the ability to work and not lose their health benefits for a small fee.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
JAN is 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 disabilitiy related legislation and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

Fact Sheets
In an attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions about employment as it relates to individuals with disabilities, a series of facts sheets were developed targeting job seekers. The National Education Center developed these fact sheets for the Maryland Department of Disabilities & the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The following is a brief description of the eleven fact sheets for job seekers with disabilities. To view a specific fact sheet in its entirety, click on the file type of your choice (pdf or text). You may receive hard copies of these fact sheets by submitting a completed Job Seeker Order Form to the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

  • Assistive Technology (pdf or text) – This fact sheet defines Assistive Technology, explores different funding sources and offers helpful tips for the consumer to consider when choosing an assistive technology device.
  • Career Options (pdf or text) – This fact sheet discusses options for education after high school, places that assist individuals who are interested in starting their own business, and One-Stop Career Centers.
  • Disclosure (pdf or text)– This fact sheet reviews when, what and how to disclose and the advantages and disadvantages of disclosing.
  • Employment Options (pdf or text) – This fact sheet reviews the many different employment settings an individual with a disability has to choose from and questions to ask when considering the setting which best suits the individual.
  • Frustrated? Options for Action (pdf or text) – This fact sheet discusses the proper way to address concerns regarding dissatisfaction with services received from various state agencies.
  • Getting the Job You Want (pdf or text) – This fact sheet is designed to answer the following questions for job seekers: How do you know if you are ready to get and keep a job? What should you expect from your employer? What will your employer expect from you? What are necessary skills for work success? How do you figure out what would be a good job for you?
  • School to Work (pdf or text) – This fact sheet explains the various programs and opportunities that are available as youth make the transition from school to work.
  • Supports and Services (pdf or text) – This fact sheet is designed to give an overview of the services provided by Developmental Disabilities Administration, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Mental Hygiene Administration and One-Stop Career Centers.
  • Think You Can’t Work? Think Again…(pdf or text) – This fact sheet provides resources for individuals with disabilities about who to speak to, where to go, and what the individual can do to make going to work a positive experience.
  • Where the Jobs Are (pdf or text) – This fact sheet is designed to provide ideas about where to start a job search (i.e. One-Stop Career Centers, the internet, local newspaper etc). It also discusses networking and informational interviews.
  • Your Rights and Responsibilities (pdf or text) – This fact sheet explains employment rights and responsibilities of the individual with a disability and the business. It also defines key terms related to employment and disability.

One-Stop Career Centers
One-Stop Career Centers are located throughout the U.S. and offer a variety of career development and job search services to the general public. One-Stops are required to meet the needs of all job seekers who want to use their services. You can bring someone with you if you need help using the center. Resources and activities that One-Stops may have are:

  • Job postings
  • Computer stations with connections to the internet
  • Information about different types of employment opportunities and careers
  • Job seeker support groups
  • Employer events such as on-site recruiting and job fairs
  • Job-seeking skills workshops on topics like resume writing and interviewing
  • Community information about training, job fairs, and career seminars

To locate the One-Stop Career Center near you, visit America's Service Locator's website.

Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI and SSI are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. For more information on SSDI, SSI and other programs SSA has, visit the Social Security Administration's website.

Telework Loan Program
A program of the Maryland Assistive Technology Program (MD TAP) / Maryland Department of Disabilities.

Telework is considered paid employment, either full-time or part-time, that is regularly performed, in whole or in part, at a location other than the employer’s customary office or place of business, including the worker’s home or a telework center. With portable computers, high-speed telecommunications links, and ever-present pocket communications devices, many employees today can work almost anywhere at least some of the time. According to MD TAP, benefits for individuals with disabilities include:

  1. Teleworking reduces travel time and costs, allowing the employee to focus solely on the job duties without travel and transportation concerns.
  2. Teleworking is a barrier-free alternative to inaccessible buildings, rigid working conditions, and un-accommodated workstations.
  3. Teleworking provides job opportunities to those living in rural or economically depressed areas where employment is very limited.
  4. Teleworking allows for a greater balance of work and home.
  5. Telework builds trust and commitment between employee and employer.

Visit MD Tap Telework webpage for more detailed information about this program and how individuals with disabilities benefit from teleworking policies and positions.