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Americans with Disabilities Act

What is a Disability? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines an individual with a disability as someone who:

Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, hearing, learning, and working); Has a history of such an impairment or; Is regarded as having such impairment.

Remember that not all disabilities are visible or readily apparent. Physical or mental conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, low vision, and learning disabilities like dyslexia, can also present significant barriers to employment.

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Assessing Your Job Readiness

Assessing your Job Seeking Skills is an essential first step to a successful job search. Answering and researching these questions can increase your job readiness and chances for a successful job search.

Basic Job Search Considerations

1. Do you know what skills you have to offer an employer?

2. Can you match your skills to the requirements of a job you seek?

3. Can you identify five (5) personal qualities or traits that will help you in the type of work you seek?

4. Do you know what the responsibilities and tasks are for the job you seek?

5. Are you aware of and understand the job...


Here are some quick tips and valuable links to help education you about job scams.

Never pay to get a job. Never give a smaller amount of money to someone who promises a larger amount of money (or something valuable) in return. Never give bank account information. Those are red flag.

If the pay is great and the job requirements vague or easy, those are red flags too. Put another way, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is not true.

Learn the Signs of a Job Scam

Top 10 Job Scam Warning Signs

How to Research if a Job Is Really a Scam

Avoid job Scams: Read These Important Tips

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Healthcare jobs are among the fastest growing occupations in the economy. You should consider this fact when looking for jobs or making decisions about pursuing job training or additional education.

You can search for healthcare jobs and other fast growing occupations on AbilityLinks by Occupation Type or Key Words that identify your skills and experience.

View a list of fastest growing occupations.

 

 


Job and Career Resources

Resources for Choosing a Career or Job Goal

Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed for hundreds of different kinds of jobs as well as what you would earn, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips and information about the job market in each State by occupation type.

O*Net OnLine is a tool for career exploration and job analysis featuring detailed descriptions of the world of work.

Industry Clusters tells you growth expectations and number of projected job openings by industry type...


Post Secondary Education and Training Programs

If you are thinking about returning to school or getting some job training or placement assistance, here are some valuable resources. Colleges and Universities The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator can help you find the right college. NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. American Job Centers Services Locator (Sponsored by Department of Labor) The American Job Centers Locator is a guide to local and regional employment assistance, career exploration, occupational training programs and...


Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business or becoming self-employed is a major undertaking and being successful requires a good deal of thought and planning. These resources will help you get started. Abilities Fund The Abilities Fund is the only nationwide program designed exclusively to advance entrepreneurial opportunities for people with disabilities. After completing a detailed application form, Abilities Fund staff will contact you to offer support and resources that are specific to your situation. Small Business Start-up Guide This Small Business Administration (SBA) startup guide was developed to assist you...


Along with retired persons and stay at home parents, job seekers with disabilities often want to explore work from home job opportunities. Access to transportation, transportation cost, wanting to limit time away from home and travel challenges are just a few of the reasons.

If you're interested in work from home, it's important to be aware that some opportunities are not legitimate. Here are some tips to help you spot scams and resources to help you find a work from home job.

Legitimate Work from Home Job Opportunities

According to Clark, a consumer advocacy organization, and a survey completed by a...