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Jobs and Education for People with Disabilities

Learn about employment resources on how to find a government job and prepare for a job interview. You can also find information on employment laws and how to file a workplace harassment or discrimination complaint. Also, search educational programs for students with disabilities.

  • The in your area
  • The has resources to help you:
    • Develop job skills
    • Conduct a job search
    • Prepare for interviews
  • Find job tips and resources from the Campaign for Disability Employment's website. There's information for families, educators, and employers too.
  • can help you live on your own. They also offer job training and coaching.
  • Find a Job

    • trains Social Security disability recipients age 18 - 64 who want to work. It's free and voluntary.
    • helps people who are blind or have significant disabilities find jobs. Job openings are with nonprofit agencies nationwide.
    • The federal government has many jobs open to people with disabilities.

    Job Help for Young Workers

    • Find .
    • Check out . It's a free residential education and job training program for young adults. It accommodates participants age 18-24 with disabilities.

    Job Help for Veterans

    • Take advantage of the . It offers help with:
      • Job training
      • Employment accommodations
      • Resume development
      • Job-seeking skills
    • Find more . These include:
      • Help starting your own business
      • Qualifying for a hiring preference with the federal government

    Learn About Your Rights

    • helps you:
    • Visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy website. It explains the .
    • Topics include:
      • Accommodation for your disability
      • Protection against harassment and discrimination

    Advantages of Government Jobs for People with Disabilities

    The federal government:

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnHas job openings nationwide in many different career fields

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnUses that is faster and easier than the competitive hiring process

    • Provides  to qualified employees

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou can also apply for jobs through the . Many jobs open to people with disabilities use only that process.

    Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou can .

    To apply for jobs under Schedule A, you can:

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnApply online at USAJOBS or

    • Apply directly to the agency offering the job

    Either way, you'll need to:

    • Prepare your resume and other documents listed in the job announcement

    • Provide proof you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability

    To apply for a job online:

    • Follow the  used for all online applications

    • Use

    To apply for a job directly through an agency:

    • Contact the agency’s  using the . The SPPC coordinator can discuss reasonable accommodations and how to apply.

    For more details on applying for jobs through Schedule A, read .

    For an overview of how to use USAJOBS, see Federal Government Employment.

    Federal Jobs for Veterans with Disabilities

    If you’re a veteran with a service-connected disability, you have even more options. . You may also be able to get a to use with competitive positions.

    College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you’re a college student or a recent graduate, you can find summer jobs, internships, and permanent positions through the:

    enforces .

    Protections Included Under the Law

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnThese laws protect employees and job applicants against:

    • Discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment in the workplace by anyone because of:

      • Race

      • Color

      • Religion

      • Sex (including gender identity, transgender status, and sexual orientation)

      • Pregnancy

      • National origin

      • Age (40 or older)

      • Disability

      • Genetic information

    • Being denied reasonable workplace accommodations for disability or religious beliefs

    • Retaliation because they:

      • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnComplained about job discrimination

      • Helped with an investigation or lawsuit

    How to File an Employment Discrimination Complaint

    To file a complaint, contact your .

    Many state and local governments have their own anti-discrimination laws. These laws may offer extra protections beyond federal laws.

    Some state laws:

    • Apply to businesses with only five or six employees

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnProhibit discrimination based on whether you're married or have children

    • Have different deadlines for filing a charge

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnHave different standards for deciding whether you’re covered by them

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnMany state laws have more protections for nursing mothers than federal law requires. enforce these laws.

    Filing a Lawsuit

    If you're a victim of job discrimination or harassment, you can . If the discrimination violates federal law, you must first file a charge with the EEOC. (This doesn't apply to cases of unequal pay between men and women.)

    You may decide to sue if the EEOC can’t help you. In either case, look for an attorney who specializes in employment law. You can check with:

    Not All Employers Are Subject to EEOC Laws

    This number varies based on the type of employer and the kind of discrimination alleged.

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnBusinesses, state, and local governments must follow most EEOC laws if they have 15 or more employees.

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnFederal agencies must follow all EEOC laws, no matter how many employees they have.

    Laws that the EEOC Enforces

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnFederal employment discrimination laws include:

    • (ADA) – prohibiting discrimination against workers with disabilities and mandating reasonable accommodations

    • (ADEA)

    • (Title VII) – prohibiting discrimination based on:

      • Race

      • Color

      • Religion

      • National origin

      • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnSex (including sexual orientation and gender identity).

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền (EPA) – requiring equal pay for equal work by men and women

    What is Harassment?

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền is unwelcome conduct based on:

    • Race

    • Color

    • Religion

    • Sex

    • National origin

    • Age

    • Pregnancy

    • Disability

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnGenetic information

    It can include:

    • Offensive jokes

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnPhysical assaults or threats

    • Ridicule or insults

    • Display of offensive objects or pictures

    may include:

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnUnwelcome sexual advances

    • Requests for sexual favors

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnOther verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnOffensive remarks about a person's sex

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnHarassment becomes illegal when:

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIt creates a hostile or abusive work environment

    • The victim gets fired or demoted for refusing to put up with it

    Protection from Retaliation

    EEOC laws protect employees and job applicants from . For example, it’s unlawful to punish people for:

    • Filing or being a witness in an EEO charge or investigation

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnTalking to a supervisor or manager about discrimination or harassment

    • Refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnResisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others

    or your local school board can tell you about:

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnNearby programs

    • The state's education rights for people with disabilities

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnAn is a plan developed by a child’s teachers and parents to meet that child’s needs. It’s an important part of the IDEA guarantees a free, appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities.

  • College-bound students with intellectual disabilities may be eligible for financial aid programs. The has information on loans, grants, and scholarships.

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnContact the school you want to attend for more information on what help they offer.

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    Last Updated: April 5, 2021