How Does AbilityLinks Work for Service Provider Organizations and Disability Owned Businesses?
By combining the latest technology and a caring human touch, AbilityLinks connects education, advocacy, job training and placement programs to individuals with disabilities seeking employment, employers seeking qualified candidates, and disability owned businesses seeking customers.
What are the Advantages of Joining AbilityLinks?
Access to persons and companies that can benefit from your services
AbilityLinks is a dynamic community of self-identified job seekers with disabilities and companies that value disability inclusion who can benefit from your services.
A caring human touch
AbilityLinks information and referral counselors can help you make connections to job seekers and businesses, and share job leads and resources.
Access to recruiting events and educational resources
AbilityLinks hosts virtual job fairs and webinars that connect employers to your job ready candidates and maintains an events calendar and online library for members with the latest disability employment resources and tools.
Membership is free. Member organizations have a page on AbilityLinks with a description, contact information and the opportunity to add a video, links and updates. Your organization's staff and job seekers can use AbilityLinks to connect to employers, and you can find new job seekers and businesses to serve.
Why did AbilityLinks begin?
Created in 2001 and dedicated to helping persons with disabilities find jobs, AbilityLinks is a web-based program of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine.
Persons with disabilities want the opportunity to pursue a career of their own choosing but have an unemployment rate that is two time higher than average, not counting individuals who become discouraged and stop actively seeking work. At the same time, businesses that value a diverse work force lag behind when it comes to disability inclusion. They want greater access to this talent pool.