Employment

Individuals with disabilities typically begin preparing for employment through the transitioning process, which occurs in high school. Here we have provided the websites of a number of organizations which provide employment services and supports for individuals with special needs.

The Arc  Employment:
The Arc is a national organization that advocates for and provides services for individuals with disabilities. As a part of their roster of services, they offer transition planning, employment training and supported employment services. With over seven hundred branches, there is an Arc in each state and many counties have their own local branch.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR):
Vocational Rehabilitation is a federally fund, state supported program that provides services, supports, and training for individuals with disabilities looking for employment. For a list of resources for Vocational Rehabilitation, please visit our VR information page.

Autism Speaks Family Services Employment Kit:
Autism Speaks created this Employment Kit to help individuals with autism with their employment search. It has valuable tools and tips for finding a job. This employment kit can actually be used by any individual with a disability. Adults on the autism spectrum, have strengths and abilities that employers are just beginning to understand. Therefore, this guide helps an individual on the autism spectrum research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. The Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit is the culmination of a process that began with the Autism Speaks Employment Think Tank in June 2012, which captured the current state of employment for adults with autism.

askjan.org
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.

JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives, and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families.

www.usbln.org
The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace.  This site identifies employers who excel in hiring individuals with disabilities.  Job coaches should be familiar with this cite and many aren’t.

Sep
21
Tue
5:30 pm B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
Sep 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Group & Taco Night (Bethesda/DC PODs) @ The Glen Apartments | Bethesda | Maryland | United States
Join us for our weekly check in/teaching group (Bethesda/DC pods). This week we will be cooking tacos! (Attendance is highly recommended.) (Masked and Socially Distanced) Hosted by Gabby The Glens Apartments 4998 Battery Lane Bethesda,[...]
Sep
25
Sat
9:00 am ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
**ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED** Everyone welcome: Fully Participating Families, Community Group Families, Self-Advocates, Friends, Family, Supporters! 9:00-11:00 am – Hike or Bike in beautiful Carderock Park (optional) 11:00-1:00 pm – Picnic/BBQ $40 per[...]
Oct
5
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7:00 pm Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Upper Montgomery County Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.
Oct
12
Tue
7:00 pm What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
*Must be an active member of ILO’s Community Group. To learn more go to: www.ilonow.org/ilo-community-group **Dates and topics subject to change based on availability of speakers.
Oct
17
Sun
3:00 pm Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Oct 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Self-Advocates – join us for a fun Sunday afternoon at Bowlero Bethesda. The $23.00 per person fee includes 1-1/2 hours of unlimited bowling, free shoe rental, pizza and soda (or alternative for those with food[...]
Oct
19
Tue
7:00 pm DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.

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