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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.
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    • 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
    Đang chơi bài .

    Advantages of Government Jobs for People with Disabilities

    The federal government:

    • Has job openings nationwide in many different career fields

    • Uses that is faster and easier than the competitive hiring process

    • Provides  to qualified employees

    Đang chơi bàiYou can also apply for jobs through the . Many jobs open to people with disabilities use only that process.

    Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

    Đang chơi bàiYou can .

    To apply for jobs under Schedule A, you can:

    • Apply online at USAJOBS or

    • Đang chơi bàiApply directly to the agency offering the job

    Đang chơi bàiEither way, you'll need to:

    • Đang chơi bàiPrepare 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

    If you’re a college student or a recent graduate, you can find summer jobs, internships, and permanent positions through the:

    Đang chơi bài enforces . These laws protect employees and job applicants against:

    • Đang chơi bàiDiscrimination, 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

      • Đang chơi bàiGenetic information

    • Đang chơi bàiBeing denied reasonable workplace accommodations for disability or religious beliefs

    • Đang chơi bàiRetaliation because they:

      • Complained about job discrimination

      • Helped with an investigation or lawsuit

    Filing a Complaint with State or Local Government or Tribal Employment Rights Office

    Đang chơi bàiTo file a complaint, contact your .

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

    Some state laws:

    • Đang chơi bàiApply to businesses with only five or six employees

    • Đang chơi bàiProhibit discrimination based on whether you're married or have children

    • Have different deadlines for filing a charge

    • Đang chơi bàiHave different standards for deciding whether you’re covered by them

    Many 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

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

    • Businesses, state, and local governments must follow most EEOC laws if they have 15 or more employees.

    • Federal agencies must follow all EEOC laws, no matter how many employees they have.

    Laws that the EEOC Enforces

    Federal employment discrimination laws include:

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

    • (ADEA)

    • Đang chơi bài (Title VII) – prohibiting discrimination based on:

      • Race

      • Color

      • Religion

      • Đang chơi bàiNational origin

      • Sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity). Learn more about for LGBTQ workers. These protections apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws.

    • (EPA) – requiring equal pay for equal work by men and women


    is unwelcome conduct based on:

    • Race

    • Color

    • Religion

    • Sex

    • Đang chơi bàiNational origin

    • Age

    • Pregnancy

    • Disability

    • Genetic information

    Đang chơi bàiIt can include:

    • Offensive jokes

    • Physical assaults or threats

    • Đang chơi bàiRidicule or insults

    • Display of offensive objects or pictures

    Đang chơi bài may include:

    • Unwelcome sexual advances

    • Requests for sexual favors

    • Đang chơi bàiOther verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature

    • Offensive remarks about a person's sex

    Harassment becomes illegal when:

    • It creates a hostile or abusive work environment

    • Đang chơi bàiThe 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

    • Đang chơi bàiTalking to a supervisor or manager about discrimination or harassment

    • Refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination

    • Resisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others

    Đang chơi bài or your local school board are your best resources for telling you about nearby programs and answering questions about state educational rights laws for people with disabilities.

  • Đang chơi bàiAn is a plan developed by a child’s educators and parents to meet that child’s specific educational needs. It’s a foundational part of the , which guarantees a free, appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities.

  • College-bound students with intellectual disabilities may be eligible for financial aid programs including Pell Grants and Federal Work-Study programs. The has specific information on loans, grants, and scholarships, and how to apply.

  • Contact the school you want to attend for additional information on special programs for people with disabilities.

  • applies to businesses and groups that receive federal grants and loans.

  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to public schools, universities, and libraries.

  • Both laws forbid discrimination against people with disabilities.  for students attending public schools.

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

    Đang chơi bài applies to students in grades K-12.

    • Đang chơi bàiIt guarantees their right to a free, appropriate public education.

    • It calls for the creation of an  for each child.

    Students with Disabilities at College or Technical School

    • Students must notify their school and document their needs.

    • Đang chơi bàiSchools must provide tools and modifications to help students take part in class. For example, a school may offer course reading material in Braille.

    Disability Discrimination in Education

    Đang chơi bàiIf you feel a school has discriminated against you or your child, you can:

    • with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

    • or school district.

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    Đang chơi bàiLast Updated: March 16, 2020