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Employment Resources for People with Disabilities and Employers

The Autism Society supports federal policies and initiatives that facilitate greater access to the workforce and increase the employment rate for people with autism. The organization advocates for public programs that provide meaningful engagement and resources necessary to be successful in community employment. Individuals with intellectual disabilities should have support to transition away from segregated, non-minimum wage jobs, emphasizing the use of natural supports.

Policy Priority: Employment  Autism Society of America 

 

Maine Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

Employment for ME: Helpful information about disability employment and initiatives in Maine:
Job seekers and workers with disabilities: Resources fo individuals who are trying to find or maintain employment or career advancement.
Youth in transition: For those looking for first job, between junior year in high school and age 24, and wondering about education and training opportunities that might help to find a job.
Employers and providers of service: Information to assist anyone who supports individuals with disabilities.
Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services: BRS works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. Working with its partners in the Maine Department of Labor's CareerCenter and the rehabilitation community, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works with persons with disabilities through its three primary service provision units including Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Maine Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities: Data of competitive employment of persons with disability comparable with persons without disability.
Employment : Disability Rights Maine 

 

Social Security work incentives tools for those on SSI/DI
Explore Work Curriculum: Discusses self-advocacy, identifying interest, why people work, etc.
Department of Labor Employment Policy: Offers a comprehensive range of resources through transition to employment.
Think Work: Employment successes, career planning, job matching & more.
Employment First APSE defines
To Tell or Not to Tell: Issues of Disclosure in the Workplace: Issue brief released by the Center for Autism Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that discusses self-disclosure by youth and adults on the autism spectrum who are seeking job opportunities.
Employment Toolkit: Supports individuals seeking integrated employment was created by Autism Society and @ThinkWorkICI

For Employers:
IBCCES: National partner of ASA offering certification programs for autism & other cognitive disorders. Explore CAC’s here.
HirePotential, Inc: provides solutions to help government contractors succeed in navigating the complexities of disability compliance and inclusion.
Autism @ Work Playbook for employers to build inclusive hiring models.
JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit
Assisting job seekers: A guide for employment specialists