Employment Resources / Independent Living

The list below offers national employment resources, independent living and referral networks for persons with disabilities.

NISH.org is a national nonprofit agency which creates employment opportunitities for people with severe disabilities by securing government contracts through the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) program. Employment opportunities are provided to over 45,00 people. The JWOD program is the largest source of jobs for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities in the U.S. There are more than 600 participating nonprofit organizations which employ these individuals and provide quality goods and services to the government at a fair price.

AbilityOne Program is formerly the Javits-Wagner O'Day Program, helps thousands of people who are blind, or severely disabled find employment. The program coordinates its activities with nonprofit organizations across the country to employ these individuals and provide goods and services to the Federal Government at a fair price.

5606 Dower House Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
Phone (301) 599-8000 Fax (301) 599-0180

Melwood is a non-profit organization offering job training, employment, community living, leisure and travel opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Minnesota's Resource Connection for Youth, Families, Professionals & Employers is an interactive resource map that connects youth, families, professionals and employers to local opportunities that can help transition age youth be more successful after high school.

Northwest Education, Career, and Community Program (a program of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory)
1(800) 547-6339

Employer Assistance Referral Network
1(866) 327-6669 (V/TTY)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1(800) 669-4000 (V; English/Spanish)
1(800) 669-6820 (TTY)

Job Accommodation Network
1(800) 526-7234 (V/TTY)
1(800) 232-9675 (V/TTY; ADA Information)

Disability Info

National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult
1(888) 886-9898 (V/TTY)

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth
1(877) 871-0744

National Council on Independent Living
1(877) 525-3400

National Resource Center on Supported Living and Choice: Center on Human Policy
1(800) 894-0826

Proyecto Vision Hotline
A Bilingual Website for Latinos with Disabilities
1(866) EMPLEO 1 (1-866-367-5361)

Disabled and Alone, Inc.
1(800) 995-0066

For further information on Employment Resources, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and information on Independent Living and Independent Living Centers in New York State click here.

Persons who are legally blind are served by the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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