ATWiki is an encyclopedia on assistive technology. The intended audience
of ATWiki includes all assistive technology users, relatives and caregivers
of those that use AT, rehabilitation professionals, educators, and researchers
of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy fact sheets:
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.
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 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.
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.
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
– 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
– 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
This fact sheet reviews when, what and how to disclose and the advantages
and disadvantages of disclosing.
- Employment Options (pdf
– 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
– This fact sheet discusses the proper way to address concerns
regarding dissatisfaction with services received from various state
- Getting the Job You Want (pdf
– 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
– 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
– 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
- Think You Can’t Work? Think Again…(pdf
– 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
– 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
– 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 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
- 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.
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.
A program of the Maryland Assistive Technology Program (MD TAP) / Maryland
Department of Disabilities.
WHAT IS TELEWORK?
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
- Teleworking reduces travel time and costs, allowing the employee to
focus solely on the job duties without travel and transportation concerns.
- Teleworking is a barrier-free alternative to inaccessible buildings,
rigid working conditions, and un-accommodated workstations.
- Teleworking provides job opportunities to those living in rural or
economically depressed areas where employment is very limited.
- Teleworking allows for a greater balance of work and home.
- Telework builds trust and commitment between employee and employer.
Tap Telework webpage for more detailed information about this program
and how individuals with disabilities benefit from teleworking policies