employAbility

Above and Beyond: Service Accessibility – Suggestions for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for ALL people to help make your business or service stand out.

Guide for Developing a Plan for Employment – A Guide For Developing Your Individualized Plan for Employment


Government

DARS – Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services 

DADS – Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

VA Resources – US Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Patriotpaws.org – The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of their highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with the state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal.

EARNworks – The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network – 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 people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

GCPD – The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities is within the office of the Governor. The committee's mission is to further opportunities for persons with disabilities to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity, and self-determination. The committee is composed of 12 members appointed by the governor and of nonvoting ex officio members.

Department of Labor – The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) seeks to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by expanding access to training, education, employment supports, assistive technology, integrated employment, entrepreneurial development, and small-business opportunities.

NIDRR – The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. All of our programmatic efforts are aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.

Disability.gov – Disability.gov is an award-winning federal government website that provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits.

Volunteers of America – Volunteers of America has responded to the need for quality and attentive day programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with its Life Enrichment Centers. Each Life Enrichment Center offers a variety of activities designed to support participants based upon their individual needs, interests and strengths.

 

Social Security

Real Economic Impact – Five years ago, a small group of parents, family members and individuals with disabilities joined together with leading thinkers and practitioners in the disability and asset building community to launch the National Disability Institute.

CESSI – CESSI Division provides strategic planning, analysis, communications and operations support services for reasonable accommodation, return-to-work and accessibility support services. We help ensure individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans improve their productivity, job satisfaction and quality of life.

Ticket to Work – The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work.

Social Security Disability – Apply for Disability Benefits

 

Tax Incentives

Work Opportunity Tax Credit – The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax credit used to reduce the federal tax liability of private-for-profit employers.

 

National Agencies

APSE.org – APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Autism Speaks – An advocacy organization in that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.

Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC – GHA specializes in community rehabilitation improvement, job creation and job site training, employer development, Social Security benefits analysis and work incentives, self-employment feasibility and refinement, management-leadership mentoring, and civic entrepreneurship.

NCB Capital Impact – is a non-profit, strategic partner working with NCB Capital Impact to promote independence for persons with disabilities.

Alliance for Full Participation – The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) is a formal partnership of leading developmental disabilities organizations with a common vision–to create a better and more fulfilling quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Through the diversity of our many voices, we will collectively reach this goal.

US Business Leadership Network® – The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) is the national disability organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers. The USBLN® helps build workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are respected for their talents, while supporting the development and expansion of its BLN affiliates.

 

Personal AssistanCE

Assisted Living Facilities – A list provided by DARS.

Blind and Deaf Resources – A list provided by DARS.

List of Supported Employment Providers – A list provided by DARS

Dallas Amputee Network – Organization whose goals are to (1) foster an active network of people that will benefit everyone to some degree, not only by providing moral support, but also through a service-oriented source of information and communication for all amputees and family members (2) present programs and resource information to update members about new materials and techniques in prosthetics, and to promote physical fitness and social interaction for a healthier lifestyle (3) provide peer visitors for new amputees in hospitals and rehab clinics, as well as models for students at UT Southwestern in Prosthetics and Physical Therapy.