State Programs – By State

YAiT is a statewide group of students with disabilities who encourage and facilitate the development of self-determination and leadership skills in other youth with disabilities. The group also contributes to a student-led professional development module, designed to focus on transition planning from a student’s perspective.
Operating Entity: Auburn University, Auburn Transition Leadership Institute
Entity Type: College / University
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Statewide Technology Access and Response for Alabamians with Disabilities (STAR)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CONNECTIONS is a group-based service that assists students ages 16 to 23 with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or related disabilities in building social skills, identifying and accessing resources in the community, and planning for employment.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Lakeshore Rehabilitation Facility
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: State of Alabama Client Assistance Program
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides individualized services to help students with autism spectrum disorder develop appropriate skills for self-advocacy, daily living, and social interactions that will contribute to their success as independent adults.
Operating Entity: University of Alabama, Civitan-Sparks Clinic
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps students with disabilities prepare for post-secondary training through exposure to the college environment, as well as guidance on self-advocacy skills, study strategies, and technology use. It is offered virtually and at twelve sites in the state to Department of Rehabilitation Services consumers who are planning to attend post-secondary training.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Project CESCC works with Alabama State Department of Education partners to provide professional development focusing on positive behavioral interventions, supports, and transition services for students with disabilities, in order to improve their post-school outcomes.
Operating Entity: Alabama State Department of Education, Special Education Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides workforce development, job skills training, and job placement services to help people who are deaf or blind enhance their employment skills.
Operating Entity: Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, E.H. Gentry Program
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Nebraska State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
GATE is a five-month program that provides adults with disabilities an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience through strategic relationships with companies that have specific job needs. It is a partnership between United Ability of Greater Birmingham, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program assists people with serious mental illness in obtaining and maintaining competitive jobs based upon their preferences.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Mental Illness Community Programs
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
JET is a summer learning program for students with disabilities, which provides different work experiences and job readiness classroom instruction. The 2019 program was run in collaboration with the Birmingham Zoo.
Operating Entity: Workshops, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
JAG is a school-to-career program for at-risk high school youth (including those with disabilities), to keep them in school and provide work-based learning experiences. It includes both a Senior Year program (focused on youth in their last year of high school) and a Multi-Year Program. It is operated with support from the Alabama Legislature and Governor’s Office, along with local school districts, Career Tech Centers, and community and industry partners.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment. Specific programs include the Adults Vocational Program, which provides job readiness trainings, job placement assistance, and other resources, as well as Vocational Evaluation Services, which provide a comprehensive assessment of a person’s vocational aptitudes.
Operating Entity: Easterseals of Alabama
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Alabama Parent Education Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program trains young adults ages 16-24 who are not attending school and who meet certain criteria (including having a disability) to develop skills and competencies demanded by the healthcare industry. The program includes 180 hours of training, leading to certificates and credentials. It is a WIOA Youth Program conducted in collaboration between the West Mid-Alabama Community Development Corporation, Shelton State Community College, and several county offices.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: University of Alabama, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides full tuition and stipends to 100 trainees who will go on to serve as rehabilitation counselors, including as counselors for individuals who are deaf or who have mental illness.
Operating Entity: Troy University, College of Education
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides educator and family development trainings designed to improve school policy, increase and develop family leadership, and increase educator capacity to engage families.
Operating Entity: Alabama Parent Education Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides leadership training to individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving presentations on self-advocacy, leadership, inclusion in the community, and the benefits of having a job.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps students learn communication skills and workplace behaviors (e.g., around attitude, work ethic, image and appearance, interpersonal skills, teamwork, time management, and accountability) needed to obtain and maintain successful competitive employment. It is provided to students and local educational agencies (LEAs) by a certified trainer from a Community Rehabilitation Program.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides hands-on lessons to help people with disabilities develop and improve their independent living skills. Topics include time management, financial management, self-advocacy, dining etiquette, bullying, note taking, problem solving, social skills, and interviewing techniques.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
SWEP is a six-week “paid work experience program” targeted toward youth who are deaf and/or blind, and which includes job readiness skills training.
Operating Entity: Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, E.H. Gentry Program
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those with serious mental illness. It is a collaboration between the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and community rehabilitation providers.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides an opportunity for youth and caregivers to discuss goals and explore options for the future, including around specialized healthcare needs, career interests, training and goals, social services and expectations, linkages to community agencies, and independent living. It also allows for coordination and information-sharing between youth-focused and adult-focused rehabilitation programs.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables high school students with disabilities to participate in job exploration activities, as well as fiscal management activities as a component of independent living training. It is a collaboration between the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, local school systems, and local businesses.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This one-credit course provides special education students with higher-level transition and occupational skills that are transferable across jobs. Emphasis is placed on career development and employment, academic foundations for careers, leadership and teamwork, entrepreneurship, business economics, and more.
Operating Entity: Alabama State Department of Education, Special Education Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program guides transition stakeholders and local educational agencies in developing effective Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) action plans. The work is done in partnership with the Alabama Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Operating Entity: Auburn University, Auburn Transition Leadership Institute
Entity Type: College / University
This program trains 60 professionals and paraprofessionals through a Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certificate (VEFC), so they can better support employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Auburn University, College of Education
Entity Type: College / University
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
YLF is a five-day intensive leadership program that helps high school juniors and seniors with disabilities develop leadership and self-advocacy skills. Students engage in activities related to self-esteem and team building, career choice, independent living, assistive technology, and various other empowering activities.
Operating Entity: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program ensures that inmates have an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor within a week of community re-entry. It is a collaboration between the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Special Education Division of the Alabama Department of Education, and the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a number of services to help youth with disabilities transition into work. This includes a “Work Smart” Pre-Employment Training Program; a High School Transitional Youth Program, which provides high school students with job training at Goodwill Easterseals retail stores; educational and occupational services for at-risk youth or those who have dropped out of school; the Learning Disabilities Program, which helps ease the transition from high school to college for students with learning disabilities; and more.
Operating Entity: Easterseals of Alabama
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a wide range of services to support teens with special circumstances (such as learning or physical disabilities) in their transitions from youth to young adulthood.
Operating Entity: Alabama Parent Education Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Revenue
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program serves individuals through age 22 who have hearing and vision loss, including assisting youth with their transitions to adulthood. The program also teaches special strategies to educators, parents, and others to best support youth with deaf-blindness.
Operating Entity: Alaska Special Education Service Agency
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center of Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: LINKS Resource Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program prepares people with disabilities to find and keep a job through services like career exploration, job search assistance, job placement, and coaching. It also includes school-to-work transition services, as well as supported employment services.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This committee works to improve employment outcomes and transportation accessibility for people with disabilities in Alaska through research, planning, monitoring, and advocacy. Members include parents of individuals with disabilities, service providers, self-advocates, others involved in agencies that provide employment and transportation services to people with disabilities, and public community members.
Operating Entity: Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
Entity Type: Other
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program pays teachers to facilitate after-school activities that introduce students with disabilities to work-readiness soft skills. It is a collaboration with the Special Education division of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development as well as Alaska Job Centers.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of vocational programs for students (including those with disabilities) in the areas of auto mechanics, carpentry, child care, printing, food service and computer technology. Depending on their needs and goals, students with disabilities may enter the regular vocational program or the Career & Work Readiness program.
Operating Entity: Anchorage School District
Entity Type: Other
This program offers multiple courses to expose students with disabilities to postsecondary education and apprenticeship trainings. It combines Pre-Employment Transition Services with “hands-on learning” in fields such as culinary, carpentry, and welding. It is a partnership between the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center, EXCEL AK, and Voyage to Excellence Career and Technical Education program.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Stone Soup Group
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These three-day programs include Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) self-advocacy and work readiness skills training activities to help students with disabilities develop self-esteem and leadership skills. Phlight Clubs are provided as a partnership between the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Brightways Learning.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center of Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and small business concepts to students with disabilities. Students work through setting a goal, developing a business plan, and putting the plan into action.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This four-week program provides students with disabilities the tools and experience to gain and maintain employment after high school. It includes work-based learning, research into career clusters and pathways, assistance with resume writing, and training around interviews, soft skills, and self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: Access Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides work experiences and an instructional component to expose students with disabilities, ages 14 to 21, to career pathways and workplace expectations.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program connects people with mental health issues to potential job opportunities, with an emphasis on those suffering from behavioral health complications that may limit their ability to initially enter the workforce.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Health and Social Sciences, Division of Behavioral Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps adults with disabilities find and keep employment in the community through support, job placement with local employers, and on-the-job skills training.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Anchorage
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Transition Camps are 3-5 day cross-state conferences that provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) through presentations by businesses, postsecondary education institutions, and vocational training providers to help students develop a vision for their future. The program is a collaboration between the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Alaska Department of Education.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Transition Readiness is a class that assists secondary deaf and hard of hearing students with their individualized post-secondary plan in five main areas: Advocacy and Empowerment; Education and Career Planning; Work Habits, Skills, and Attitudes; Independent Living; and Community Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources.
Operating Entity: Alaska School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Entity Type: Other
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
UAA TAPESTRY is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: University of Alaska Anchorage, UAA Center for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides training opportunities to individuals with disabilities in multiple community-based work settings with job coaches. These programs include placements in commercial kitchens, copy centers, laundry services, horticulture programs, janitorial services, and creative design workshops. The program also works on soft skills such as interviewing, participating in performance evaluations, and more.
Operating Entity: Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life (ACCEL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides education and employment training to individuals with disabilities across three tiers. In Tier 3, the program focuses on community integration, in tier 2, it focuses on obtaining work and social interaction experience with supervision, and in tier 1, participants participate in employment opportunities with little to no supervision.
Operating Entity: Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life (ACCEL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides education, guidance, and technical assistance to American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services programs across the nation, including through webinars, self-paced and regional training, evidence-based practice guides, newsletters, videos, and FAQ documents.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
Arizona Inclusion NOW is an effort to improve recruitment of people with disabilities into National Service through targeted efforts in schools and the community. The program connects people with disabilities with national service organizations, including AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Vista, and more.
Operating Entity: University of Arizona, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
Through this program, educational coaches and peer mentors assist participants with intellectual disabilities in each stage of post-secondary education. This involves assistance with enrolling in and funding college, pursuing appropriate and necessary on-campus services and resources, and transitioning from college to gainful employment.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
AZYLF is a multi-day conference held in multiple regions of Arizona each summer. Participants engage in activities related to self-discovery, leadership development, career exploration, effective advocacy, and empowerment through heightened awareness of disability history and culture.
Operating Entity: Diverse Ability Incorporated
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides assistive technology training to individuals who are blind for the express purpose of obtaining a college education, retaining current employment, or finding a career. Trainings focus on using Microsoft Windows, the Office Suite, smart phones, and screen readers and other assistive devices.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Entity Type: College / University
This program trains individuals who are blind or visually impaired to utilize assistive technology services, then connects them with free or reduced cost assistive technology devices to improve communication capabilities.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Participants in this course are supported in developing the skills necessary to prepare for, acquire and maintain a job. Students practice and develop skills related to interviews, job search, resumes, career choice, and job discovery. Participants are also connected to job shadowing opportunities and vocational rehabilitation services.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Phoenix Day School for the Deaf provides extensive career and technical education services to its students, including general career-based classes, senior seminars, career exploration, and work experience. It also provides students with the opportunity to attend vocational training in their preferred vocational trade.
Operating Entity: Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD)
Entity Type: Other
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for Disability Law
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides numerous services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in Arizona. These services include tutoring, counseling services, case management assistance, advocacy services, self-improvement classes, independent living skills training, and more.
Operating Entity: Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides localized vocational rehabilitation services with specific adjustments for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Services include career exploration, orientation and adjustment to disability services, education support, and tutoring.
Operating Entity: Valley Center for the Deaf
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
To maintain independent living status, SMILE provides individuals with disabilities varied services based on individualized needs. These services include individual and systems advocacy, service referral, independent living skills, peer counseling, transition services (including transition from high school), and more.
Operating Entity: Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment (SMILE)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This certificate prepares students to become Disability Resource Specialists in post-secondary settings, to promote access and ensure reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. This Certificate program is designed for individuals with bachelors or master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Counseling, Educational Psychology or other related fields.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps Arizona residents who are blind prepare for employment or educational opportunities. These services include career exploration, job readiness, job development, remedial education, tuition and supply assistance, reader and note taker services, tutoring, GED preparation, and alternative media.
Operating Entity: SAAVI Services for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This course helps individuals who are blind with college preparation. Trainings focus on both community college and university options, while highlighting assistive technology training, tutoring, orientation and mobility, and navigating the college system and college support services.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program connects qualified job seekers who are blind or visually impaired with employers. Participants receive job placement and job coaching services, with assistance throughout the job search process. Additionally, this program involves a post-hire follow-up discussion, in order to ensure that job opportunities are fitted to individual needs.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists high school students with disabilities ages 14-22, in transitioning from high school into community life. It provides individual and family advocacy, technical support to special education teachers, and assistance to students and parents with advocacy in facilitating Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Operating Entity: Ability 360
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides training and outreach services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, virtually and in person. Trainings and presentations focus on hearing loss, communication skills, assistive technology, self-advocacy, the ADA, employment, and more.
Operating Entity: Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program trains individuals who are blind or visually impaired for careers in information technology and computer science. The program covers computer repair, software and operating systems, network administration, information security, cloud computing, and troubleshooting devices.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program involves providing trainings, resources, and information to individuals with disabilities seeking to improve independent living competencies. Trainings include topics such as: budgeting, goal-setting, learning public transportation, self-advocacy, organization, personal grooming, nutrition, stress management, and communication skills.
Operating Entity: Ability 360
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These training sessions are provided to individuals with disabilities in either one-on-one or small group training settings. Training topics include cooking and nutrition, empowerment through employment, financial literacy and money management, travel training, and more.
Operating Entity: Direct Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Raising Special Kids
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Peer Support offers opportunities for individuals with disabilities to work together to share experiences and learn from each other about life and work in the community. Peer mentoring goals and services focus on navigating life with disabilities, supporting and prioritizing independence, achieving education and employment goals, making informed choices, building confidence, and more.
Operating Entity: Direct Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides numerous services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including assistive technology assessment and training, information and technology certification, orientation and adjustment to blindness, adaptive living skills training, supported education, vocational assessments, ASL training, orientation and mobility training, low vision evaluations, career exploration, and social and leisure skills development.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for Disability Law
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
At this yearly summer camp, high schoolers who are blind attend training center courses while living off-site in an apartment. The program helps students learn to live on their own, preparing them specifically for a college experience. Students also gain experience working at a job in a career field they are interested in.
Operating Entity: SAAVI Services for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This project reviews and provides detailed feedback on secondary transition plans, to help service providers implement best practices. Transition specialists utilize a 20-point rubric to identify strengths and shortcomings of secondary transition plans.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Self-advocacy trainings are offered to individuals with disabilities on either a one-on-one or group basis. Focus areas include self-determination, seeking information to make decisions, active listening and problem-solving, self-respect and self-esteem, and standing up for individual rights
Operating Entity: Direct Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps youth with disabilities and their parents plan for transition to college or the workforce, gain skills in self-advocacy, and access services after leaving school. Services are provided through Transition Advisors, interactive workshops, and webinars.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This residential program helps students who are blind or visually impaired and who have completed their senior year of high school prepare for college or the workforce. It provides independent living experiences, instruction, and support for participants.
Operating Entity: SAAVI Services for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program places youth with disabilities in jobs in Tucson and Phoenix. It focuses on employment training and ensuring that transition-age youth with disabilities have fully-integrated experiences in a real work environment.
Operating Entity: University of Arizona, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program connects high school students with disabilities to potential employment opportunities. Vocational counselors assist students with resume writing, job applications, career preparation, educational preparation, and more.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides transportation services to individuals with disabilities to help them make it to appointments, work or school, social activities, and prescription pickups.
Operating Entity: New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides high school students with significant disabilities, ages 18 to 22, with opportunities to continue their transition and learning in integrated, age-appropriate environments with typical peers. CTP includes Advanced Community Training, which includes volunteering, working, interacting with the public; Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support), where students enroll part-time at the University of Arizona; and Project SEARCH High School Transition Program-JTED, located at University of Arizona.
Operating Entity: Tucson Unified School District
Entity Type: Other
This program provides employment assistance services for individuals with physical or mental disabilities.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of vocational services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including job training, job placement, career counseling, supported employment, on-the-job training, and assistance with interviewing and resume writing. It also includes a six-week Summer Work Program to help youth develop work skills and prepare for entry into the workforce.
Operating Entity: Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Ability360
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers comprehensive special education instruction for students with disabilities, with a focus on vocational education. Specific subject areas include economics, keyboarding, computer technology, career education, industrial arts, and business education.
Operating Entity: ACCESS Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Office of the Arkansas State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program pairs transition-age youth with disabilities with Transition Consultants who connect youth with transition services and provide advice about entering postsecondary education or the workforce. Transition Consultants also provide transition trainings and advice to teachers and education providers.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Transition Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
ACCE is a two-semester program on the University of Arkansas Little Rock campus that enables students with disabilities to have a college experience while preparing for employment in a competitive field. Academic support, social support, work exploration, and job placement are all components of the program. It is a partnership between Easterseals Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides habilitative, supervised living, prevocational, therapeutic, and educational services to individuals with developmental disabilities. This program also provides employment prevocational services, teaching participants skills such as compliance, task completion, problem solving, and safety.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance to special education teachers and other relevant staff to help them improve transition outcomes for students with disabilities. This includes general assistance and resources, targeted assistance and training for different disabilities, and intensive long-term transition assistance to best guide a student with disabilities through transition preparation.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Division of Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides training to multiple disadvantaged groups, including youth with developmental disabilities, to help them formulate business ideas and develop self-sufficiency skills.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps students with disabilities transition to higher education. It focuses on self-advocacy, transitioning, assistive technologies, college survival skills, and more.
Operating Entity: University of Central Arkansas, Disability Resource Center
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides assistance and information to students in 7th-12th grade including academic tutoring, career counseling, college preparation and admission assistance, financial aid guidance, mentoring, and other college or career preparation related services. The program prioritizes students with disabilities and other disadvantaged student populations.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Division of Career and Technical Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Support Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program prepares educators, school administrators, related service providers, school counselors, school social workers, community service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors to effectively support transitions for youth with disabilities.
Operating Entity: University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions
Entity Type: College / University
The Arkansas Department of Human Services has five human development centers throughout Arkansas for individuals with severe developmental disabilities. The Centers provide vocational training, work experience, and job opportunities, among other services.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This one-week camp teaches high school junior and seniors with disabilities various technology skills and interviewing skills and prepares them for a career in the filmmaking industry. It is a collaboration with the Inclusion Film Company.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The Jump Start Program is a three week camp that provides high school students who are blind or visually impaired (ages 16-21) with soft skills training. This includes job shadowing, independent living instruction, self-advocacy training, and more. The program also assists students in obtaining a part-time summer job after the program’s completion.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Division of Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps students with disabilities engage in paid work experience and develop work readiness skills before exiting secondary education. It is a collaborative effort between local school districts and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: The Center for Exceptional Families
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
SET for Success helps students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan increase their employability skills and develop specific and attainable life goals. Easterseals Arkansas sends representatives directly to Arkansas schools to provide these services.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to prepare school-based professionals (social workers, school psychologists, educational leaders, school counselors, special education teachers, and general education teachers) to provide transition services to students with disabilities. Courses focus on transition services for youth with disabilities, including legal considerations, family engagement, and best teaching practices.
Operating Entity: University of Arkansas
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides assistance to all public school districts and educational cooperatives in the state to help them support students who are blind or visually impaired. This includes participating in the student’s transition planning process in collaboration with Arkansas Transition Services and Division of Services for the Blind transition counselors.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Transition Counselors work with students with disabilities to discover their life interests and goals and prepare for employment. They also work with local schools to develop and implement pre-employment transition services.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
VIP is a pre-employment transition service that helps high school students ages 16-21 with developmental disabilities discover opportunities available after high school; learn what is expected of an employee; develop skills to gain competitive employment; and advocate for their rights. It is conducted in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
Operating Entity: ACCESS Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides job skills training for students with disabilities, leading to jobs or apprenticeships. Courses include driver’s education, automotive technology, certified nursing assistant, construction, culinary arts, and welding.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Career Development Center
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: SOURCES for Community Independent Living, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
YLF is an annual leadership conference for youth and young adults with disabilities. Programming focuses on self-advocacy, workplace skills, networking, public speaking, and more.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers support so individuals with developmental, physical, cognitive or multiple disabilities can live independently, gain social and daily living skills, and become active members of their communities. Individuals learn work-related skills by engaging in regularly scheduled volunteer work, community service projects, and other ventures. They also receive support and direction to interact with others, make their needs and choices known, and explore and engage in activities.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Southern California
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Ability Tools
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides specialized and comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to Californians who are blind or visually impaired. Department of Rehabilitation consumers working with a Blind Field Services Counselor may receive all general vocational rehabilitation services with the addition of vision loss counseling.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: California State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
CECY is a collaboration between state agencies, associations, organizations, families, and self-advocates. The Consortium seeks to stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) in competitive integrated employment.
Operating Entity: University of California, Los Angeles, Tarjan Center
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides career counseling and information and referral services to all individuals with a significant disability and employed at subminimum wage who are known to the Department of Rehabilitation. This includes information on self-advocacy, self-determination, and peer mentoring resources and training opportunities available in a consumer’s area.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights California (DRC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is a partnership with select community colleges to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities (I/D) and autism. The program provides employment preparation and soft skills training in addition to some instruction in independent living skills and campus inclusion, to help C2C students become employed in a competitive integrated community-based job. Services include internships, employment services such as employment preparation and job development, and short-term supports.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program ensures that California’s public programs are adapted to meet the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals so they can receive the public benefits and services to achieve economic independence and fully participate in society. It includes Job Development and Placement, to assist deaf clients in obtaining employment-related services.
Operating Entity: California Department of Social Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of vocational rehabilitation services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Counselors are qualified in American Sign Language and provide specialized services including deaf culture and awareness, communication techniques, assistive listening devices, interpreter services, specialized vocational services, and more.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides support services to students with disabilities to ensure that all students have equal access to educational programs and activities on community college campuses. Specific services include priority registration, specialized counseling, class scheduling, mobility assistance, test proctoring, specialized tutoring, transcription services, and interpreter services for hearing impaired or deaf students.
Operating Entity: California Community Colleges
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with project partners to increase career planning, work pathways, job opportunities and employment outcomes for transition age youth with disabilities in Orange County. It provides resources and toolkits around higher education, financial literacy, and career paths.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Southern California
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Exceptional Works is a continuum of employment services to help individuals with developmental disabilities find, secure and maintain employment in the community. The program includes work readiness classes; vocational training in computer literacy, culinary arts, janitorial services, retail sales and warehouse operations; a College Classroom Program; paid work experience; and more.
Operating Entity: Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This mentoring program pairs college and high school students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD with similarly-labeled middle school students, to help the younger students embrace their learning differences and develop social-emotional skills that promote their academic and personal success, such as confidence, self-advocacy skills, and perseverance.
Operating Entity: University of Southern California
Entity Type: College / University
This program seeks to improve the lives of families of children with disabilities through direct support and education, and to improve the ability of community based organizations to meet the needs of families of children (of any age) with disabilities. Services include webinars on topics like Employment First and self-determination, as well as IEP Coaching. They also include Technical Assistance to organizations serving families of children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: University of Southern California, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program is provided by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and local county mental health field offices to help individuals with severe psychiatric disabilities enter or re-enter their community workforce. Services include work adjustment, employment preparation, job development, and job coaching.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program assists job seekers who are visually impaired and blind to adjust to their vision loss and acquire the skills and tools necessary to pursue competitive integrated employment. Training is provided in daily living skills including cooking, independent travel, Braille and communication, assistive technology use, and the work readiness skills.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights California (DRC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides kindergarten through post-graduate STEM education, a residential boarding option, and a full range of STEM related programs for students and young adults with special needs.
Operating Entity: The Help Group
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports students with disabilities ages 16-21 in exploring and preparing for the world of work. Services are based on a consumer’s interests, and include job exploration and counseling on post-secondary options.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is aimed at finding competitive work in a community integrated work setting for persons with severe disabilities who need ongoing support services to learn and perform the work. Support is usually provided by a job coach who meets regularly with the individual on the job to help him or her learn the skills and behaviors to operate independently. As the individual gains mastery of the job, the support services are gradually phased out.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance to educators and families members of deaf-blind students, including around transitions.
Operating Entity: California Deafblind Services (CDBS)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a viable option for people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities to obtain internships, on-the-job coaching, and career guidance with the State of California that can turn into long-term employment.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services including Department of Rehabilitation Student Services and employment preparation to assist with job development, and short-term support services to successfully transition students with disabilities into meaningful employment. TPPs are established between the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program includes the Next STEP and the Extra STEP Vocational Programs, which provide training and supportive vocational, behavioral, and community access services to hearing-impaired (Deaf or Deaf-Blind) individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. The goal of the program is to facilitate integration into the gainfully employed community.
Operating Entity: Strategies to Empower People (STEP)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides work-based learning experiences for students with a disability, ages 16 through 21, who are in high school. Work experience consists of short-term placements either on or off campus, and may include paid/unpaid internships, paid/unpaid employment, summer work experience, work exploration, and job shadowing. The program is a partnership between the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Welfare cooperative programs are established with select local Human Services Agencies (HSA) and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The programs serve recipients of human service agency services, who are also DOR consumers with significant disabilities, and assists them in obtaining meaningful employment. Services include work adjustment, employment services such as employment preparation, job development, and short-term supports.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
WAP provides paid work, work adjustment, and supportive habilitation services typically in a sheltered workshop setting. The program helps clients develop good work safety practices, money management skills, and appropriate work habits. It also includes social skill and community resource training necessary to achieve vocational objectives.
Operating Entity: California Department of Developmental Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services for adult consumers and in-school youth with disabilities, to help them obtain meaningful employment. Services include work experience, employment preparation, job coaching, and more. Consumers are referred by their Department of Rehabilitation Counselor and the program is implemented at select Adult Schools and Regional Occupational Programs/Centers.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services to help individuals with disabilities who are both community college students and Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumers obtain meaningful employment. Services include internships, employment preparation and job development services, and short-term supports. It is a partnership between select California Community Colleges and DOR.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services to individuals who are Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumers, attending California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC), and desiring employment. Services include internships, employment services such as employment preparation and job development, and short-term supports. The program is a partnership between select California university campuses and DOR.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides one-on-one, customized employment support services to individuals with disabilities who are interested in finding and maintaining paid work or starting their own business. It helps people enhance their economic self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and participation in the community. Services include customized employment, supported employment, direct placement, and job coaching.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Southern California
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Workshops for Youth is a program for individuals with disabilities ages 14-26 in a 12-county region in South-Central California. Workshops address topics like understanding and engaging in the IEP process, staying organized, creating a plan for the future, developing financial literacy skills, and preparing for interviews.
Operating Entity: EPU Children’s Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides special services to youth with barriers to education and employment – including youth with disabilities – to assist them in pursuing their educational and vocational goals. Services include peer advising, referrals to supportive services, education and career coaching, employment preparation and assistance, workshops, and more.
Operating Entity: California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
YLF is a six-day leadership program for students with disabilities, which is held virtually and includes post-YLF sessions in the months after the event. Delegates learn advocacy and leadership skills from alumni and professionals with disabilities and create a “Personal and Career Leadership Plan” to help reach their future education, independent living, and career goals. Follow-up sessions focus on topics such as post-secondary education and careers.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: University of Colorado Denver
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund provides funds for individuals with disabilities to obtain technological devices and training on the use of such devices.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Higher Education, CollegeInvest
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Colorado Workforce Centers serve job seekers, including individuals with disabilities, through career counseling, training, and computer and internet access. Colorado Workforce Centers cater to individuals with disabilities by maintaining a “No Wrong Door” policy and an integrated system so that if a client needs additional services and assistance, the workforce center can provide accurate and timely information.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CO-YLF is a conference for Colorado high school juniors, seniors, and young adults under 26 with disabilities. CO-YLF provides dynamic, experiential learning opportunities designed to foster personal growth through self-discovery. It provides participants the opportunity to identify and embrace their strengths, plan for their future, and cultivate their leadership, citizenship, and social skills.
Operating Entity: Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CTP provides communications resources and tools, such as amplified and captioned phones, smartphones and tablets, as well as ring signalers and neck loops or head sets and specialized equipment at no charge to qualified deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. The program is designed to give people access to the community at large.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Human Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Thrive Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists individuals with disabilities to acquire income, health insurance, and other basic needs to stabilize their lives, health and living situations. It includes Comprehensive Work Incentives & Benefits Counseling and Disability Webinar Trainings.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program creates and prepares work settings that promote the most independent work for individuals with disabilities, based on individualized plans to guide clients to their fullest potential.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Employment Works provides job placement services to adults and youth with disabilities through referrals from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Ticket to Work and in collaboration with community service providers. Services include assistance with job search and job placement, help developing job-seeking skills, and post-employment support.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
IPS is a program that helps people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders find and keep jobs. It is offered in collaboration between the Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as at mental health centers throughout the state.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program utilizes a variety of services to help youth with barriers to employment (including youth with disabilities) in the Denver Metro Area succeed through career exploration, education, training and support services. Services focus on transition to post-secondary education, career exploration, job readiness, and training services.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Partners in Leadership Advocacy is a program to help parents and individuals with developmental disabilities develop as leaders in making positive, long-lasting change for themselves and their communities. Individuals with disabilities learn about self-advocacy and families learn about advocating for their child’s educational and future service needs.
Operating Entity: Sewall Child Development Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides trainings and an all-day college visit to families of young adults with disabilities, to help them understand their child’s educational, developmental and transitional needs. It also includes a training series to help youth learn to self-advocate and discover what they would like to do after leaving high school.
Operating Entity: Thrive Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
RAMP is a career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities who are currently involved with or are at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. RAMP supports successful life transitions to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living through a variety of mentoring approaches.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
SWAP is designed to provide employment-related assistance to students and young adults with disabilities. The program teaches job seeking and job retention skills, and operates in all of Colorado’s local education agencies through collaborative agreements among the Colorado Department of Education, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and local school districts.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides an opportunity for individuals with disabilities and their families to meet with staff about concerns and participation in higher education, training, employment, or independent living.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education, Office of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers a variety of services to assist individuals with disabilities who want to be self-employed in navigating the business development process. This includes connecting consumers with a professional vendor network, made up of seasoned business experts, who can provide expertise and real-world knowledge and training to entrepreneurs.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps youth with disabilities and their parents plan for transition to college or the workforce, gain skills in self-advocacy, and access services after leaving school. Services are provided through Transition Advisors, interactive workshops, and webinars.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
TLI provides webinars and learning sessions to build knowledge of effective secondary transition practices for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education, Office of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with youth in transitioning from high school to post-secondary life, which includes college or employment. The program provides the necessary resources and life skills to gain independence.
Operating Entity: Atlantis Community Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program encourages and empowers individuals ages 5-30 living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through education and employment in the skilled trades industry. Services are provided through a variety of introductory workshops and hands-on educational programs.
Operating Entity: Teaching the Autism Community Trades (TACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of supports to youth with disabilities ages 14 to 24, including in-school workshops on Self-Advocacy, youth support groups, and a Youth Transitions Program.
Operating Entity: The Independence Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps young people with disabilities transition from living at home to living independently, including through instruction in life skills and vocational skills. Topics include budgeting money, goal setting, stress management, time management, and more.
Operating Entity: Center for Independence
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides individualized career pathway services to assist students and youth with disabilities, aged 15-25, in their transitions from high school to post-secondary education and employment. Services are provided in coordination with education, workforce center, and other adults service agency partners.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These Centers provide workforce assistance to job seekers and employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors are co-located at American Job Centers to encourage clients to register for applicable services available through partner programs. Technologists offer technical assistance to Job Centers on approaches to increasing the accessibility of the centers and partner services.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, Connecticut Tech Act Project (CTTAP)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Connecticut
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides personalized college support for students with learning and social challenges. This includes providing high school students with an introduction to college, and college students with ongoing support. The program consists of an Individualized College Plan, peer mentorship, pre-employment training, self-advocacy training, and more. It is a collaboration between College Steps, high schools, colleges, families, and agencies.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities, Inc. (AFCAMP)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability Benefits to better understand the impact that returning to work will have on their disability benefits.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities of all ages, as well as family members, employers, educators and other professionals, access assistive technology devices and services. Services include financial loans, device demos, device loans, and a device reuse program.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Connecticut Transition Community of Practice (CoP) is comprised of multiple stakeholder groups that have come together to enhance the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. The CoP centralize all activities, resources, and initiatives related to secondary transition and provides information and support to students, families, and professionals.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
CTYLP provides youth and young adults with disabilities with opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential.
Operating Entity: Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program trains disability service providers and related staff to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining customized employment. The training takes place over three days and focuses on discovery of strengths, skills, and needs, as well as job development and systematic instruction. It is a collaboration between the Connecticut Developmental Disabilities Network and the University of Connecticut’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides counseling related to special language, communication, and socioeconomic problems unique to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Focus areas include connections with community resources, educational consultations and post-secondary education preparation, and assistance with developing self-advocacy skills, managing communication barriers, and dealing with challenges related to being deaf or hard of hearing.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of services to assist individuals with disabilities in preparing for and attaining work. Services include vocational evaluation, assistance preparing for interviews, job placement services, job coaching, supported employment, employment skills technology training, preparation for jobs in the janitorial industry, and more.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Employment Opportunities Program (EOP) enables individuals with the most significant disabilities who need on-going support to maintain competitive employment after stability has been achieved and who are not eligible for on-going employment support from other sources.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program assists individuals with mental health conditions in assessing their job interests and skills, identifying jobs in the community which match those interests, and securing work. Individuals can also receive on-the-job support in their place of employment.
Operating Entity: Mental Health Connecticut
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides coordinated vocational employment services, including industry-specific training programs, to adults ages 21 and older with developmental disabilities.
Operating Entity: State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Arc Connecticut offers a family education workshop series called “Navigate to Advocate,” which provides families the information they need to advocate for their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Workshops include “After the Cap & Gown: How to Plan for the Future for an Adult Child with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.”
Operating Entity: The Arc Connecticut
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps legally blind individuals develop independent living skills. Program counselors provide orientation and mobility training, Rehabilitation Teaching, Children’s Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation services. Other areas of instruction include financial management and independent travel skills.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides students aged 16-21 with tools, training and resources to work competitively and forge a path to independence. Services include vocational and career counseling, job search tools, on-the-job and hands-on work experience, assistive technology services and training, school-to-work services, self-advocacy support and training, peer mentoring services, workplace readiness training, benefits counseling, and ongoing resource support.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Connecticut
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides information, training and technical assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families, including transition services to help youth and their families navigate multiple programs and service systems; actively participate in the development of plans for independence; and collaborate with transition professionals. It is a collaborative effort between Parent Centers in nine northeastern states.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Every child who is legally blind or visually impaired in the state and who is participating in public education is registered in a database that allows the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program to track clients who want to participate in VR services. Counselors work with students, families, and educators to identify careers of interest and develop career exploration opportunities and work and job shadowing experiences.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These Centers assist individuals with psychiatric or mental-health-related disabilities with obtaining skills necessary for success in living, working, learning and social environments. Program activities and services can include culinary skills training, customer service skill training, computer skills training, GED preparation and coursework, job readiness training, and Intro to Employment.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides employment and education services to individuals with a mental health diagnosis, including career planning, job search assistance, job placement, on- and off-the-job coaching, and career advancement services.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Entity Type: Other
This program helps individuals who are legally blind or visually impaired acquire the training and skills necessary to obtain, retain and advance into competitive integrated employment. Participants receive assistance with assistive technology, vocational counseling, funding for training at post-secondary educational institutions, information and referral services, and pre-employment transition services.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep a job. It offers individualized services including vocational counseling, benefits counseling, job search assistance, school-to-work transition services, skills training and career education in college and/or vocational schools, on-the-job training, assistive technology services and training, vehicle and home modification, and supported employment services.
Operating Entity: Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Rhode Island College, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides classroom learning, hands-on field experiences, and summer camps to enable youth with disabilities to explore their own path to independence and adulthood. The programs are peer-to-peer and promote self-help, self-reliance, and self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: Center for Disability Rights
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These Centers provide students with academic support, enrichment, and school engagement through afterschool and summer programming, with a focus on college and career readiness (among other topics). The program targets students in high-poverty areas and is a collaboration between the University of Delaware’s Center for Disability Studies and the Delaware Department of Education.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: University of Delaware, Center for Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CLSC is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: University of Delaware, Center for Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc. (UCP)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Delaware State Treasurer, Delaware Plans Management Board
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program serves high school students with disabilities to promote their movement from school to post-school activities. Services are offered in all 19 public school districts as well as at alternative and private high schools.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities identify jobs in the community and provides the supports needed for individuals to succeed. Services include job coaching, goal setting, soft skills training, and organizing internships or volunteer positions.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Delaware
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Easterseals assists people with disabilities in preparing for and obtaining work, including through skills and interest assessments, skills development trainings, and ongoing support.
Operating Entity: Easterseals – Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides emotional and informational support to the families of children with disabilities, including by matching parents with trained “Support Parents”.
Operating Entity: Delaware Family Voices
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This financial empowerment program helps individuals with disabilities improve their financial well-being through confidential one-on-one financial coaching and certified SSI/SSDI benefit counseling. It is a partnership between ServiceSource Delaware and Stand By Me.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This professional development and technical assistance initiative aims to increase the number of students with disabilities who enroll in, participate in, and complete CTE career pathways by bringing together diverse district-based teams together to research, analyze, and determine participation and performance gap root causes for students with disabilities in career pathways. It is a collaboration between the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the Delaware Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Social Services, among others.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Parent Information Center of Delaware, Inc. (PIC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps low-income teens and young adults with disabilities in Delaware prepare for work, find jobs, and succeed in the workplace. Services include career exploration and assessment, supported employment, benefits counseling, financial counseling, and assistive technology assistance.
Operating Entity: Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program connects individuals with disabilities to mentors in the form of peer support workshops. The workshops are designed to provide a platform for brainstorming, problem solving, and sharing of concerns, successes, and ways to address issues.
Operating Entity: Independent Resources Inc. (IRI)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program connects people with mental illness to Peer Recovery Specialists, who provide support, mentoring, and advocacy to assist individuals in developing the skills they need to live an independent and productive life in the community.
Operating Entity: Mental Health Association in Delaware
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides youth with disabilities the opportunity to experience the community through work-based learning, volunteer opportunities and recreation and leisure activities. The primary emphasis is on integrated community activities designed to promote employment readiness.
Operating Entity: Easterseals – Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides an array of workshops and webinars that can help teachers, paraprofessionals, parent liaisons, and other professionals better understand students with disabilities, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plan process, and the procedural safeguards, laws, and regulations that define the delivery of special education services.
Operating Entity: Parent Information Center of Delaware, Inc. (PIC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities to try out and select assistive devices that will help them maintain or improve independence and home safety. Through the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, individuals can apply for low-interest loans to finance assistive technologies.
Operating Entity: Easterseals – Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: ServiceSource Delaware
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to ensure deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the state have access to their educational environment, become confident self-advocates, and become active participants in their schools and communities. Services include transition planning consultations, professional development for school staff, educational interpreting, and more.
Operating Entity: Delaware School for the Deaf
Entity Type: Other
This program provides educational supports for students with disabilities who are beginning their first year of college in remedial courses, in order to increase community college attendance and success for those students. The program is a collaboration between the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Delaware Technical & Community College.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides technical assistance to Parent Centers, including strategies for reaching underserved families, on-site training and support, an annual conference, program evaluation, and consulting around the nonprofit management process.
Operating Entity: Region A: Navigating Excellence-Parent Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program guides individuals with disabilities through the process of applying for a lower interest loan to purchase assistive technology needed for work.
Operating Entity: Easterseals – Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The PACT program provides students opportunities to develop and enhance employment, independent living, and functional academic skills. Students have the opportunity to participate on school- and community-based work crews.
Operating Entity: Indian River School District, Howard T. Ennis Educational Services
Entity Type: Other
This program helps students with disabilities develop employment and independent living skills. Students receive consultation on their post-graduation transition plans and have an opportunity to work in the Indian River Eagle Company, which is an on-site silk screening and embroidery shop.
Operating Entity: Howard T. Ennis School
Entity Type: Other
This program trains individuals who are blind or visually impaired to effectively use assistive technology in employment, educational settings after high school, or community living. Training is provided in agency-run computer labs and, when necessary, at the client’s workplace or other facility.
Operating Entity: Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division for the Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program assists high school students with disabilities in their transitions to postsecondary instruction or employment.
Operating Entity: Independent Resources Inc. (IRI)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Full Circle Employment Solutions
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps consumers who are visually impaired or blind use assistive technology. It includes assistive technology and computer training classes and helps employees experiencing vision loss to continue doing their jobs.
Operating Entity: Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and social workers with applying for various social supports, including Medicaid, SNAP, Home and Community Based (HCB) and Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Waivers.
Operating Entity: DC Department of Aging and Community Living
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program delivers support and training to students with disabilities, with a focus on providing transition services through workforce development, independent living, and career skills curricula.
Operating Entity: DC Public Schools, River Terrace Career Development Center
Entity Type: Other
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: University Legal Services (ULS)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These adaptive clinics help children with disabilities aged 4 to 24 gain empowerment and self-confidence, by partnering them with a volunteer mentor to learn about teamwork and bond over a sense of camaraderie.
Operating Entity: Dreams for Kids
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing who are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders and other issues to ensure that their needs for living in the community are met. Services include counseling, coordination of medical and mental health treatment, budgeting and money management, and housing placement.
Operating Entity: Deaf Reach
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The DC Department on Disability Services (DDS) engages in a number of efforts to train people on implementing Customized Employment strategies in their work with people with disabilities. This includes two Customized Employment Communities of Practice, a monthly webinar series, and technical assistance to DDS provider organizations.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Finance and Treasury
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides professional development, mentoring, and paid internships for students with disabilities. Programming includes trainings on workplace communication, personal finance, public speaking, and other professional skills, as well as collaboration with mentors on a project that focuses on the student’s career of interest.
Operating Entity: DC Public Schools
Entity Type: Other
This program is designed to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including by working with people with disabilities and families to build high expectations for employment and share tips for success.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
DC Partners in Transition is a group of stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. Participants include the DC Rehabilitation Services Administration and a range of non-profits.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
SF CoP is a group of family members, advocates with disabilities, government leaders, disability advocacy and services professionals, and other interested community members who work together to develop policies, practices and systems that better support families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a variety of leadership and vocational opportunities for youth with disabilities, including capacity-building workshops, community-based activities, work-based learning opportunities, and civic engagement experiences.
Operating Entity: SchoolTalkDC
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
EDSN serves as an employment agency that helps people with disabilities obtain integrated, competitive employment with a wide range of private sector employers.
Operating Entity: Easterseals DC MD VA
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists school administrators and teachers in helping students with disabilities explore career paths and future employment opportunities, increase their knowledge and use of community resources, enhance their self-determination skills, and more. The program also assists students in obtaining volunteer and paid employment positions. The program is run in partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools Transition Program.
Operating Entity: The Arc of the District of Columbia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of supported employment services to people with disabilities, including assessment, job development, job placement, job coaching and other supports necessary to achieve and maintain employment.
Operating Entity: The Arc of the District of Columbia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program trains clients who are visually impaired or blind on job readiness skills. Specific services include vocational and situational assessments, resume support, interviewing skills development, job development, job placement and retention services, job coaching services, job accommodation support, and travel training.
Operating Entity: Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps people who are both deaf and developmentally disabled to enhance their self-sufficiency through pre-vocational and day habilitation activities.
Operating Entity: Deaf Reach
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps families identify support needs for children or adults with developmental disabilities, including around education, the transition from school to work, environmental accommodations, and more.
Operating Entity: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides opportunities for individuals who are deafblind to work in a supported environment where they learn organizational skills and have an opportunity to coordinate programs and events.
Operating Entity: Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps settle complaints of unlawful discrimination (including based on disability status) in the areas of employment, housing, education and public accommodation in the private sector and DC government.
Operating Entity: DC Office of Human Rights (OHR)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program prepares DC youth with disabilities to complete the DC Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in inclusive workplaces, and to set and attain short- and long-term career goals. Services include case management, mentorship, and travel training.
Operating Entity: SchoolTalkDC
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The LEAP Program provides grants to youth and young adults with disabilities to help them transition to adulthood. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including business clothing, career exploration or related courses, college tuition, and computers and equipment.
Operating Entity: HSC Healthcare System, Health Services for Children Foundation
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers a degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, which has an emphasis on meeting the needs of a culturally diverse community.
Operating Entity: University of the District of Columbia
Entity Type: College / University
This program prepares candidates to become Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, including serving individuals with mental illness.
Operating Entity: The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides paid work-based learning experience and job readiness training for transition-age youth ages 14-24. The DC Department of Disability Services and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education collaborate with the Department of Employment Services to ensure youth with disabilities are identified early on and have the appropriate supports to be successful in their work experiences.
Operating Entity: DC Department of Employment Services (DOES)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This three-month program provides communication, leadership, and vocational skill building for young adults with disabilities. This includes skill-building workshops on topics such as resume development, interviewing, and formal e-mail communication, as well as off-site group community service projects, site visits to places that employ those with disabilities, and opportunities to network.
Operating Entity: Dreams for Kids
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: University Legal Services (ULS)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides trainings and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve transitions for students with disabilities. This includes technical assistance, parent and school personnel trainings, and facilitation of meetings between secondary transition stakeholders.
Operating Entity: SchoolTalkDC
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This group brings together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents, to collaborate on improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities. Subcommittees are focused on specific issues, like youth leadership.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports and trains new self-advocates, including through financial training with local financial institutions and attorneys, leadership training, and financial support for advocates to attend local and national conferences. It is operated in collaboration with Project ACTION!, the District’s self-advocacy coalition.
Operating Entity: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides employment services to people who are blind or visually impaired. The program focuses on independent living skills, orientation and mobility training, adaptive technology training, and vocational training opportunities.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services, Visual Impairment Services Unit
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The SSP Program is pairs deafblind individuals with trained “human guides” to help individuals who are deafblind to maintain their independence in their community and continue to make informed decisions independently.
Operating Entity: Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides on-going supports to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities (including serious mental illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities) to maintain competitive integrated employment. Services for individuals with mental health conditions are coordinated with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH).
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
NE-PACT provides technical assistance to Parent Centers in Region A (which includes DC), including strategies for reaching underserved families, on-site training and support, an annual conference, program evaluation, and consulting around the nonprofit management process.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence-Parent Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to improve systems, services, and outcomes for children, youth, adults, and their families, including those with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs, adolescents and youth in transitional life moments, and communities at large.
Operating Entity: Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
DC Rehabilitation Services Administration works with local educational agencies (LEAs) to provide technical training and assistance around the delivery of Pre-Employment Transition Services.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This project provides youth ages 13 to 26 and their parents with support, advocacy, information, and training in order to improve their involvement in their educational planning. This includes trainings to prepare youth to become effective self-advocates and to lead their educational planning.
Operating Entity: Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
DC Public Schools offers a range of courses to prepare students with disabilities for their transitions. Courses include academic study skills, self-advocacy, computer skills, independent living skills, career development, and more.
Operating Entity: DC Public Schools
Entity Type: Other
This program is designed to help 16-21 year old’s who are blind or visually impaired prepare for employment and independent living. Participants stay at American University, participate in internships in the District, and attend trainings.
Operating Entity: Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program connects seniors and individuals with disabilities to a variety of transportation services to assist with their various mobility needs.
Operating Entity: DC Department of Aging and Community Living
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities obtain employment. Services may include information and referral, assessment services, counseling and guidance, vocational training, job search, job placement and job coaching, and supported employment.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides youth leaders with a variety of leadership and skill-building opportunities, including speaking to policymakers, connecting with employers, building self-advocacy skills, participating in transition conferences, and facilitating trainings and workshops.
Operating Entity: SchoolTalkDC
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Infinity Support Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
AJE offers a range of career preparation workshops for youth (ages 13-26) with disabilities, including on topics like diploma programs, getting and keeping a first job, participating in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, transition planning, exploring careers, and more.
Operating Entity: Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program prepares students with disabilities for post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational training, employment, continuing and adult education, and independent living. The DC Rehabilitation Services Administration coordinates with DC Public Schools to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services, with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) to serve justice-involved youth, and with DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to serve youth transitioning from the foster care system to independence.
Operating Entity: DC Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Florida Prepaid College Board
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers a variety of courses for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, ranging from Braille and academic studies to independent living, life adjustment, technology, business and employment skills, and recreation.
Operating Entity: Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provide adults with disabilities opportunities to learn daily living, social, pre-employment and self-advocacy skills, including through paid work opportunities. It includes the Life Skills, Employment Readiness, Advocacy, and Participation (LEAP) Program, which provides community-based educational, volunteer, and work opportunities; entrepreneurial projects; goal setting and self-advocacy training; pre-vocational training; employability skill-building; leadership training, and more.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Florida
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: ServiceSource Florida
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services (DBS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance, training, and resources that facilitate the restructuring of mental health systems through effective consumer directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses. The program addresses a range of areas, including job-seeking, employment, economic self-sufficiency, money management, and financial literacy for people with mental health conditions.
Operating Entity: The Family Café
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program prepares students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind for success in college or the workforce by integrating academics and career development coursework and training opportunities. Students participate in CTE programs at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind or at First Coast Technical College (FCTC) and acquire specific technical skills, receive occupational completion points, earn industry certifications, and participate in short-term community or campus based internships.
Operating Entity: Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
Entity Type: Other
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Florida (DRF)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CODIE is designed to build the capacity of selected school professionals and community action teams to support youth and adults with disabilities in achieving customized employment. This is achieved through systematic training, mentoring, and ongoing technical assistance.
Operating Entity: University of South Florida, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps youth and adults with disabilities learn job skills and find employment in their communities through pre-employment skills training; resume, application, and interview coaching; job search and job placement assistance; and on-the-job training and support.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Florida
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has counselors who are specially trained to understand the needs and abilities of people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Services include trainings on hearing loss issues in the workplace, guidance and counseling on coping with hearing loss, and interpreting services for job interviews.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is designed to increase employment and self-sufficiency for social security beneficiaries and individuals with disabilities, by helping them understand how earnings may affect their benefits; transforming the culture of how CareerSource Centers serve customers with disabilities; and facilitating linkages to the employer community so individuals with disabilities may access programs and services. Services are provided through Disability Program Navigators.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
EEP provides supported employment services to individuals with disabilities to help them find and maintain competitive employment.
Operating Entity: Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These programs provide a range of employment supports for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including computer training, direct job placement, job development, supported employment, vocational evaluation, and rehabilitation engineering (which involves the use of adaptive or assistive technology to help individuals maintain their current employment or to obtain new employment).
Operating Entity: Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
FACT provides intensive, community-based treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness who have not responded well to traditional treatment. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides staff liaisons to help serve this group of customers in a comprehensive manner.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This interagency agreement establishes a framework for an efficient transition of technology as individuals with disabilities move through the continuum from educational services to employment. The agreement ensures children and youth with disabilities and their families, educators, and employers are informed about the continued use and transfer of assistive technology devices.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
FYC is a group of youth and emerging leaders (age 15-30) with disabilities or special health care needs who learn about and engage in self-advocacy, peer mentoring, and other activities that will improve their quality of life. Opportunities include an Annual Youth Summit, program content at The Family Café Annual Conference, and a program newsletter.
Operating Entity: The Family Café
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program focuses on increasing and sustaining implementation of evidenced-based practices that lead to increased outcomes for students with disabilities (including increased school completion, graduation rates, and academic performance).
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
HSHT is designed to provide high school students with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to technology- related careers. HSHT links youth to a range of academic, career development, and experiential resources and experiences.
Operating Entity: The Able Trust
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
A number of colleges and universities in the state offer programs where students with intellectual disabilities enroll in college courses with their degree-seeking peers and experience internships and gainful employment.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
JP-PAS provides monthly stipends to adults with significant disabilities who require personal assistance services to attain and maintain competitive and integrated employment.
Operating Entity: Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides need-based scholarships to undergraduate, degree-seeking students with disabilities attending state universities in Florida.
Operating Entity: Johnson Scholarship Foundation
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These Centers provide onsite job services to people with disabilities, and provide additional access to remote job fairs and other employment and training events. The Centers are operated by CareerSource Florida, the statewide workforce policy and investment board consisting of the Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 local workforce development boards, and 100 career centers throughout the state.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides educational lessons for individuals with developmental disabilities and resources for family members and caregivers. It enables individuals to learn and practice financial skills at their own pace, using interactive games, activities and educational videos.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Financial Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps Florida school districts and stakeholders increase their ability to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities and improve student academic success and postsecondary outcomes. It helps educators, parents, students, agency representatives, and other stakeholders by providing capacity-building support to implement secondary transition services, interagency collaboration, transition legislation and policy and student development and outcomes.
Operating Entity: University of South Florida
Entity Type: College / University
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project Venture is a workplace-related simulation where high school students develop a business plan proposal and accompanying commercial. Students develop real-world skills such as working in groups, delegating, and problem solving as a way of preparing for the workforce or post-secondary education.
Operating Entity: The Able Trust
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Florida (DRF)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Rehabilitation Center provides a variety of prevocational and adjustment services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including around computer technology training, employability skills, adaptive devices, and more.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services (DBS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This 12-week course prepares individuals ages 15 and up with a disability to work in the hospitality industry. The program offers classes, on-the-job training, certifications, and an opportunity to learn transferrable skills.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Florida
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Council is responsible for evaluating the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the state; reviewing state plans and providing recommendations; and advocating for individuals of all ages with mental illnesses or emotional problems. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is an active member of the Council and promotes coordination so that appropriate services can be delivered to maximize customer choice and satisfaction.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
SSTIC is a state-level interagency team designed to facilitate inter-organizational understanding, identify needs grounded in data, identify and realign capacity building resources, facilitate collaboration and avoid duplication, and share responsibility and planning to improve secondary transition for students with disabilities. Subcommittees focus on Family Involvement, Postsecondary Education, and Student Success.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This IT application is designed to help Division of Vocational Rehabilitation staff and school districts work together as they provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to youth with disabilities, including by enabling school personnel make Pre-ETS referrals.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Supported Employment helps individuals with the most significant disabilities succeed in competitive employment through ongoing support services. These services are collaboratively planned and funded with various other agencies, including the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps various stakeholders (including educational agencies, teachers, service providers, and families) to address the educational and transitional needs of children who are deaf-blind, with the goal of increasing postsecondary education and employment readiness (among other objectives).
Operating Entity: University of Florida, Florida and Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative (FAVIDBC)
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides financial resources to individuals with disabilities who desire to pursue their personal and career goals through attendance at a post-secondary institution.
Operating Entity: Family Network on Disabilities (FND)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These services help youth who are blind or visually impaired pursue their desired post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and community participation.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services (DBS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Services include career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is a coordinated state-wide effort which provides transportation services in all 67 Florida counties for those who are eligible (including individuals with disabilities) and have no access to transportation. The program groups riders together for a shared ride service.
Operating Entity: Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a variety of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to help students explore careers any time students are out of school for at least three consecutive days (e.g. summer break, winter recess, spring break).
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program assists individuals who are blind or visually impaired achieve and maintain employment, through vocational training, job placement, orientation and mobility training, career counseling, and more.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services (DBS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Youth Advocacy is a statewide project designed to enable youth and young adults with disabilities ages 14 to 22 and their families to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting their vocational, independent living, and rehabilitation needs.
Operating Entity: Family Network on Disabilities (FND)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
YLF is a leadership-training program for high school students with disabilities. ​Students participate in a series of online leadership training, role playing, mentoring, job preparation, and career exploration activities to build social and communication skills.
Operating Entity: Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This self-advocacy training service pairs youth with a mentor or peer who is close in age. Through this mentoring relationship, youth learn how to self-advocate for community, social, and professional services and supports.
Operating Entity: Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
ASPIRE is a student-led Individualized Education Program (IEP) initiative that helps students with disabilities build self-confidence, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills in preparation for the educational, career, and independent living decisions needed for adulthood. It is a collaboration between the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD).
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides technical assistance to support providers in improving employment supports and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This process helps shift a disability service provider’s focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment.
Operating Entity: University of Georgia, Institute on Human Development and Disability 
Entity Type: College / University
This program accepts three new farmers with disabilities a year into an incubator program to help them get a start in small-scale farming.
Operating Entity: University of Georgia, Institute on Human Development and Disability 
Entity Type: College / University
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Georgia Tech University, Tools for Life (TFL)
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This specialized intervention service provides high school students with disabilities with supports to succeed in their Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program and prepare for the workforce. The program provides learning supports, instruction, and opportunities that will result in the attainment of entry level job skills, as well as trainings around self-determination and transition skills.
Operating Entity: Georgia Department of Education, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Division
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program arranges specific community learning situations for individuals with disabilities, based on their individual goals, to help them engage with others and experience life situations. Each outing has a specific purpose and can include employment, academics, and social experiences.
Operating Entity: Creative Enterprises
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Law Offices of Martin and Jones
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to support those with significant disabilities on their journey to sustainable employment, through customized employment and training, integrated services, and more.
Operating Entity: Georgia Department of Economic Development, Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program seeks to economically empower people with disabilities by helping them build sustainable businesses. The program offers mentoring, employment and entrepreneurship workshops, art classes, and hosts an online shop where artists can sell their work.
Operating Entity: Synergies Work
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of services to help people with disabilities address employment challenges and achieve personal goals. Services include temporary job placement in Easterseals industries, assignment of a job coach, transportations supports, and more.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
GaIPSEC works with members of diverse communities to help higher education institutions implement programs that extend opportunities for higher education to young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Operating Entity: Georgia State University, Center for Leadership in Disability
Entity Type: College / University
GIB employs people who are blind in two locations across the state.
Operating Entity: Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Georgia Office of State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This one-day program assists high school juniors (including those with disabilities) in identifying their unique strengths and interests and the contributions they will bring to the workplace.
Operating Entity: Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Georgia Advocacy Office
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This residential campus provides opportunities for any student, particularly those with disabilities, to learn life skills and work towards professional certifications with the final goal of employment.
Operating Entity: Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This week-long program provides college-life experiences for middle school students, high school students and graduates, including those with disabilities. Activities include dorm tours, college-level writing workshop, group activities, and more.
Operating Entity: Kennesaw State University, Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides technical assistance to providers to improve employment supports and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Advancing Employment
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This leadership development program assists young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving their goals. The program works with participants to develop a project plan in partnership with community members to address a local issue.
Operating Entity: The Arc, The Arc Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides training and coaching to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, support, and sustain a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework that will lead to improved graduation rates for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Georgia Department of Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe
Entity Type: Other
This program works to increase the awareness and ability of individuals to advocate for themselves to live, work, and play in the places they choose. SUN holds self-advocacy workshops and invites self-advocates and allies to assist in the development of self-advocacy networks. The program is sponsored by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Operating Entity: Sangha Unity Network (SUN)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment through 43 vocational rehabilitation sites across the state. Programming includes school-to-work transition services.
Operating Entity: Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This 10-day program helps high school seniors (particularly those with disabilities) measure their work readiness through assessment, hands-on activities, and work experience.
Operating Entity: Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawai’i (ATRC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Disability Rights Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides support and referral services to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. This includes academic classes, workshops, accessibility support, courses, and programs targeted at youth with disabilities (such as summer youth programs).
Operating Entity: University of Hawai’i, Manoa College of Education, Center on Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides vocational rehabilitation and independent living services specifically for people who are deaf or hard of hearing across the state.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities explore their strengths, abilities, and interests; explore future careers; and build their skills.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Behavioral Health
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program connects individuals with disabilities (primarily those with intellectual and developmental disabilities) with employment opportunities in Hawai’i by examining job seekers’ strengths, interests, and skills.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Hawai’i
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of employment training services in a classroom setting, including vocational assessments, benefits planning counseling, job skill development and maintenance, job development and placement, job coaching, pre-vocational training, and employer advocacy and support.
Operating Entity: The Arc in Hawai’i
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides training and work experience to individuals with disabilities, including pre-employment assessments, occupational skills training, practical work experience, job coaching, and essential soft skills in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment. They also connect participants with local employers.
Operating Entity: Lanakila Pacific
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Oregon Treasurer’s Office
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of services to residents at the Access Center for Independent Living, including around advocacy leadership, youth transition, independent living, and employment preparation. It also offers peer support groups.
Operating Entity: Access to Independence Hawai’i
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides technical assistance to families and service providers of youth who are deaf-blind, birth through 21 years of age, including around secondary transition.
Operating Entity: University of Hawai’i, Hawai’i and Pacific Deaf-Blind Project
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities access and maintain employment in the community. Participants receive assistance on employment planning, job coaching, and problem solving.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Behavioral Health
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides services and counseling to help people with disabilities obtain competitive employment. Hawai’i Division of Vocational Rehabilitation also connects participants with local employers and work opportunities.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps parents, educators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, developmental disabilities case workers and providers, and employers assist youth with developmental or intellectual disabilities in their transitions.
Operating Entity: University of Hawai’i, Manoa College of Education, Center on Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps individuals who are blind obtain skills for increased self-confidence, empowerment, and employment. The program instructs participants in Braille and alternative communication formats, business practices, computers and assistive technology, mobility competencies, personal and home management, and more.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawai’i
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides services to school staff, families, and communities to support students with disabilities transitioning into adulthood. Activities include postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Education, Exceptional Support Branch
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This college-preparedness program helps transition-age youth with disabilities prepare for navigating college-life, develop academic skills, improve their “soft-skills,” and learn self-determination skills. Participants also attend a four-day postsecondary education residential training experience at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, attending college classes and participating in college activities. The program is offered at a number of community colleges and universities throughout the state.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The Postsecondary Supports Project is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: University of Hawai’i, Center on Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Disability Rights Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides specialized vocational rehabilitation and related services for people who are blind. Services include job maintenance support, job placement assistance, literacy programs, blindness education programs for service providers, transition services for youth, and more.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants from disadvantaged backgrounds (including students with disabilities) and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. It is implemented at various colleges and universities across the state and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities prepare for independent living through life skills courses, professional development classes, community activities, prevocational preparation, and weekend activities.
Operating Entity: Lanakila Pacific
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides courses to help individuals with disabilities integrate into society. The courses focus on academic assistance, vocational and employment assistance, self-expression and advocacy, and more.
Operating Entity: Abilities Unlimited Hawai’i
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps deaf and hard of hearing students discover opportunities for employment or education after high school. It provides vocational exploration activities, vocational assessments, work-study and internship opportunities, and self-determination and self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Education, Hawai’i School for the Deaf and the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This year-long program seeks to cultivate interest in STEM fields among youth with disabilities, prepare participants for post-secondary education, and develop strengths that can be used in careers through the completion of STEM-related projects.
Operating Entity: University of Hawai’i, Manoa College of Education, Center on Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
This program enables students with disabilities to participate in STEM-related activities in University of Hawai’i-Manoa laboratories, hear presentations by working STEM Professionals, earn UH-Manoa credit in natural sciences and high school credit, and cultivate an interest in STEM careers.
Operating Entity: University of Hawai’i, Manoa College of Education, Center on Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps individuals with significant disabilities gain employment on the island of Oahu. This includes helping clients develop employment goals, providing employment skills training, providing job-specific technical skills training, and connecting individuals with paid work experiences.
Operating Entity: Network Enterprises, Inc. (NEi)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: University of Hawai’i, Manoa College of Education, Center on Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
YLC is a four-week summer program that provides deaf and hard of hearing students with training and educational opportunities to prepare for their transitions to higher education or employment. The program also includes programming around leadership development.
Operating Entity: Hawai’i Department of Education, Hawai’i School for the Deaf and the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides career education and training services to at-risk youth, including youth with disabilities. Program services include tutoring and school-based services, work experiences, occupational skills training, work-based education, leadership development opportunities, support services, mentoring services, guidance counseling, financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, employment information, and more.
Operating Entity: State of Hawai’i Workforce Development Council
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables students with disabilities to spend one week on the Idaho State University campus and develop skills in job exploration, interviewing, self-advocacy, independent living, community integration, budgeting, technology use, and college life. Activities include experiencing college classes, receiving career counseling, touring campus, and meeting disability services staff.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides training and skills that enable blind and visually impaired people to live, work, and compete alongside their sighted peers. It teaches clients non-visual ways to perform everyday tasks, so that they can stay productive and competitive under any conditions.
Operating Entity: Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: University of Idaho, Center on Disabilities and Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
Students spend one week on the Boise State University campus to experience college life, learn how to take notes in college, access the Educational Access Center, understand financial aid, and more.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: DisAbility Rights Idaho
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This summer program helps students prepare to attend post-secondary schooling. It focuses on the unique issues that a blind or visually impaired student may encounter when preparing to attend a trade school, two year college, or university.
Operating Entity: Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program trains facilitators who will work with youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including transition teachers, Department of Labor Disability Coordinators, and parents) to help youth identify their core gifts and talents and create a strong link to identified gifts in transition plans.
Operating Entity: Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: Other
This program provides counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher learning, as well as information about college applications and admissions, assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and resources that may be used to support individual student success.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is a work-readiness camp and post-secondary transition program for students ages 15 to 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students engage in four weeks of paid work experience and learn how to find and secure long-term employment and about the skills and technology that might help them in the pursuit.
Operating Entity: Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program matches students with disabilities to workplace mentors according to their expressed career interests. Students experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition advises, reviews, analyzes, and monitors the implementation of the State’s Interagency Agreement on Secondary Transition to increase the number of students with disabilities who are actively engaged in postsecondary education, employment, and community activities. Members include the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR), Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI), Boise State University, Idaho State University, Department of Correction, local educational agencies, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
IDYLF is a six-day, hands-on career and civic leadership program for young adults 16-21 with disabilities. It provides participants the opportunity to learn full citizenship skills, including advocacy, leadership, community participation and employment skills.
Operating Entity: Idaho State Independent Living Council
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables students to participate in one week of non-paid job readiness training to prepare for work, followed by a part-time paid experience for five weeks. On-the-job worksite trainers provide support to students as needed.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Idaho Parents Unlimited
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: DisAbility Rights Idaho
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables students to spend five days and four nights learning skills that will lead to successful employment. Students are exposed to jobs that focus on environmental science and participate in hands-on activities that teach scientific and ecological principles.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program pairs vocational rehabilitation counselors with school districts, parents, and students who are blind or visually impaired to develop a coordinated transition plan detailing the student’s current academic progress, interests, vocational goals, and needs.
Operating Entity: Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides one-on-one and group setting instruction to teach students with disabilities about their rights and responsibilities; how to request accommodations or services and supports; and how to communicate their thoughts, concerns, and needs in order to prepare them for peer mentoring opportunities with individuals working in their area of interest. Students can also participate in informational interviews.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This 6- to 8-week work experience program enables students who are blind or visually impaired to live in supervised dorms and work in competitive jobs during the week (with on-the-job support). Through SWEP, students enhance their work skills, confidence, and self-esteem.
Operating Entity: Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides information and best practices in secondary transition planning for students in special education to educators, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, and school administrators. School districts teams from across the state learn new strategies and develop district transition plans to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. It is an initiative of the Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition, which is comprised of a variety of stakeholders.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program offers a variety of transition services for youth with disabilities as they prepare for life beyond high school, including career exploration and counseling, workplace readiness training, job shadowing, and work based learning experiences. The Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation also collaborates with school districts to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Students spend one week on the University of Idaho campus to experience college life, learn how to take notes in college, access disability support services, understand financial aid, learn independent living skills, and more.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Montana State University – Billings, Montana Center for Inclusive Education
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps people with any disability find jobs throughout the community. Services include job training and support, as well as assistance writing resumes, filling out applications, making employer contacts, and developing interviewing skills.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Idaho
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides paid pre-employment experience for students with disabilities ages 15-21 through the creation of artistic products for professional businesses and non-profits.
Operating Entity: Idaho Parents Unlimited
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Students with disabilities participate in a leadership in training (LIT) or a counselor in training (CIT) summer camp. The LIT program takes a deeper look into leadership, team building, and problem solving, and the CIT program teaches the work skills needed to be a camp counselor and work with children.
Operating Entity: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides assistive technology solutions to people with disabilities of all ages, including by helping people find and acquire commercially available, modified, or custom-designed equipment to maximize their independence.
Operating Entity: University of Illinois Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides financial assistance to help individuals with a disability further their education at an Illinois Community College.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to help them get the support and services they need, including around transition to adulthood services and future planning.
Operating Entity: University of Illinois Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides vocational, psychological, transitional, and driver education services to assist individuals with disabilities in living and working independently.
Operating Entity: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, School of Education, Rehabilitation Institute
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and employment. Services include exploring students’ options for post-secondary education and/or employment by gaining job seeking skills, finding job shadow or internships in the community, and/or obtaining community employment while still in school.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Office of the Illinois State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps people with mental health conditions find and keep meaningful work. It is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Divisions of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides training and support to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, assisting them in planning, advocating, and identifying resources. The program follows a model of collaboration among parents, self-advocates, and professionals.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Equip for Equality
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
STEP is a work experience program that helps students with disabilities prepare to transition to employment and community participation during and after high school. Services include job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on post-secondary education, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers several services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including: vocational rehabilitation services, counseling and guidance, assistance with training and technology, resources related to hearing loss, information and referral, interpreter resources and guidelines, in-service training, and advocacy.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps Hispanic/Latino individuals ages 16-24 who have disabilities to prepare for and find quality employment. It includes a vocational rehabilitation services; a Migrant Worker Rehabilitation Project focused on serving migrant and seasonal farm workers with disabilities and their family members; and a Hispanic/Latino Rehabilitation Project providing outreach, information, and referral services.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program partners with more than 150 area employers to place individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use conditions in jobs of their choice to create economic independence and further their recovery.
Operating Entity: Threshold
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This two-year comprehensive transition program provides young people with physical disabilities, ages 18-22, with instruction and opportunities to make a successful transition to adult life. Students learn vocational skills, empowerment / self-advocacy skills, mobility skills using public transportation resources, and more.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt (ICRE-R)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a team of Transition Specialists and Aides to help individuals with disabilities engage in transition planning, work-based learning experiences, and ongoing consultation during a student’s school to work transition. This team serves as a liaison between Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services and schools and as a facilitator for the customer’s transition from school.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders with direct placement in competitive jobs in real-world settings with accompanying on-site and as-needed support services, which are designed to help individuals perform their job.
Operating Entity: Trilogy
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists individuals with severe visual impairments in finding jobs and/or getting ready to go to work. Program staff also recommend assistive technology to help people perform tasks on the job.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Bureau of Blind Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This 12-week program helps people who are blind or visually impaired to develop vocational and independent skills.
Operating Entity: Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Wood (ICRE-W)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Crossroads
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides information to individuals with disabilities and their families on how employment and earnings can impact Social Security, SNAP/TANF, and Medicaid or other state benefits. Program liaisons receive extensive training in Social Security’s Work Incentive Programs, which help workers maintain or extend their benefits while earning and saving more of their paychecks.
Operating Entity: Indiana University, Institute on Disability and Community
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Indiana Disability Rights
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program prepares individuals with disabilities for employment and supports them in job seeking and job retention through job coaching, pre-vocational training, and extended supports.
Operating Entity: New Horizons
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides career planning and employment assistance to individuals with disabilities; helps people find professional, skilled, semi-skilled, and entry level jobs; and works closely with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to do so.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Crossroads, Easterseals Crossroads
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This postsecondary vocational training program provides 10-13 week training sessions in hospitality, food service, healthcare, and inventory distribution to help individuals with disabilities master key job skills and gain valuable work experience through an internship. It also includes Camp EGTI, which is focused on assisting youth with disabilities in their transitions from school to adulthood, as well as two-day Career Sampling sessions, which enable participants to shadow employees and perform portions of the job.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Indiana
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This group home living opportunity enables adults to participate in local employment programs and workshops. Services also include trainings on self-advocacy, social integration, community access, and other topics.
Operating Entity: In-Pact
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers levels of training for youth with autism, culminating in experiential learning and internship opportunities.
Operating Entity: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine
Entity Type: College / University
INDATA is an assistive technology program that includes information and referral, funding assistance, public awareness and education, device demonstration, device loan, reutilized computers, and equipment reutilization.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Crossroads, Easterseals Crossroads
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Indiana Treasurer of State
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The program provides supports to families, school districts, and others who work with children who are deaf-blind. Services include workshops, technical assistance, in-service trainings, assistance with IEP development and transition-focused educational planning, and family leadership training.
Operating Entity: Indiana State University
Entity Type: College / University
The program works to increase knowledge, skills, and capacity of Indiana educators to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, and to help parents understand the IEP process. The initiative is funded through federal funds distributed by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), and is implemented in collaboration with a range of community partners.
Operating Entity: Indiana State University
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps people with developmental disabilities develop work skills (through completion of production-oriented tasks) and prepare for community employment through a readiness training curriculum, which teaches professionalism and interview skills, as well as other transferable job skills.
Operating Entity: Bona Vista
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The PASS Project provides statewide support and professional development opportunities for educators (including teachers, interpreters, paraprofessionals, relate service personnel and administrators) to improve academic achievement and post-secondary transitions for students with sensory loss (including visual impairments and hearing loss). The project also facilitates the Visual Impairment Licensure Program and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Licensure Program at Indiana State University and the Educational Interpreter Mentoring Program.
Operating Entity: Indiana State University
Entity Type: College / University
This pre-vocational program seeks to empower individuals with developmental disabilities by providing them with tools to expand their vocational skills through opportunities set in a supervised environment.
Operating Entity: PEAK Community Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: IN*SOURCE
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides individual assistance, workshops, resources, and more to help youth and young adults with disabilities pursue meaningful careers, live as independently as possible, and enjoy inclusion at work and in the community. Guidance and information is also offered to families, and focuses on transition, employment, the role of vocational rehabilitation counselors, and more.
Operating Entity: PACER Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SUCCESS provides research-based resources and professional development (including on the topics of content standards, instructional design, and student outcomes), designed to meet the needs of students with significant intellectual disabilities (including around transitions). Project SUCCESS is a resource center developed and managed by Public Consulting Group (PCG) in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Indiana Disability Rights
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
STEP helps high school students who are blind or visually impaired explore various career paths and learn essential job skills, as a first step toward gaining viable employment.
Operating Entity: Bosma Enterprises
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Region C PTAC provides technical assistance to parent centers across a 16-state region, which includes Indiana. Strategies include shared professional learning, coaching and mentoring, and collaboration and leadership.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides community-based transition services to young adults with disabilities who are exiting high school. It includes the AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) program, where individuals participate in various activities such as volunteering in the community, learning how to use public transportation independently, and visiting museums and cultural events. It also includes a food truck program, where individuals work on New Hope’s food truck and learn pre-vocational, food preparation, customer service, and social marketing skills.
Operating Entity: New Hope of Indiana
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The VOICE Project is designed to increase competitive employment opportunities for people with mental health diagnoses, including through trainings to Indiana Community Mental Health Centers and systems coordination. It is a collaboration between the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), and is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program assists students in finding employment and job shadowing opportunities, taking skills assessments, and preparing job applications.
Operating Entity: PQC Trains
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals with disabilities achieve their employment goals, including through job exploration, job search services, assistive technology, and career advancement support.
Operating Entity: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides job placement services to a range of adults with disabilities (including high school students and recent graduates) in 15 counties throughout the state
Operating Entity: Bona Vista
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides employment assistance to individuals with disabilities, provides reasonable accommodations to job-seekers, and provides workstations that contain assistive technology in over 20 WorkOne Centers in the state.
Operating Entity: Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Youth Services Program provides young people with disabilities with the community-based experiences, skills, and access to services needed to ensure their inclusion in community life and successful transition to adult life. Specific components include a Transition Timeline Checklist, education programming, independent living skills training, advocacy training, and a Young Adult Council.
Operating Entity: accessABILITY
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Iowa Department for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with students with disabilities to help them develop specific career goals and action plans and prepare for employment. It includes a Super Seniors, a 5th year vocational preparation program that leads to competitive employment matching student career goals.
Operating Entity: University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Entity Type: Other
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Iowa Department of Human Rights
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Iowa Treasurer of the State
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This project seeks to improve the academic and functional outcomes of children and youth who are deafblind through delivery of technical assistance to educators and agencies that support families and their children with deafblindness, including around transition planning. It is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa School for the Deaf, Iowa Educational Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program expands vocational rehabilitation and Pre-Employment Transition services by enabling community college team members to collaborate with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and provide career readiness and career exploration services to school districts where gaps are identified.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Iowa Legal Aid assists Iowans seeking legal remedies around a variety of disability topics, including: assistive technology, education and other rights, medical benefits, mental health issues, and Social Security/Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Operating Entity: Iowa Legal Aid
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Access for Special Kids (ASK) Resource Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: DisAbility Rights Iowa
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides technical and financial assistance to help individuals with disabilities achieve self-sufficiency by starting, expanding, or purchasing a business. It is available to clients of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB).
Operating Entity: Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides trainings targeted to the needs of a variety of consumers, including individuals with disabilities, businesses, employers, state and local government agencies, including around transition planning.
Operating Entity: University of Missouri, Great Plains ADA Center
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides assistance to young adults in the areas of vocational training, independent living, and post-secondary education to help them develop the skills needed to obtain and maintain competitive integrated employment. Services include job exploration; counseling; work-based learning experiences; workplace readiness training; post-secondary training; self-advocacy instruction; job placement; independent living skills; and follow-up and monitoring. TAP is a partnership between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Community School Districts.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides direct support to young adults with disabilities to help them develop the skills to get, learn and keep a job. It also helps clients develop the linkages to community providers, and supports the businesses who host them and the paraprofessionals who support them so they can become independent and successful in their jobs. It is a collaboration between the Iowa University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities at the Center for Disabilities and Development (UCEDD/CDD) and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: DisAbility Rights Iowa
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
YLA is an introduction to leadership skills for youth with disabilities consisting of five two-hour sessions focused on leadership, goal-setting, self-determination, civic engagement, and social networking and mentoring. It is a collaboration between the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Access 2 Independence and UI Health Care Center for Disabilities and Development.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Kansas University, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK)
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Kansas Department for Children and Families, Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Center of Kansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides transition services to all Kansas School for the Deaf students, including individual and personalized career counseling, beginning when students are in the 7th grade. It also involves working directly with students’ families to best prepare students for work opportunities.
Operating Entity: Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas School for the Deaf
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers a number of virtual and in-person day-long trainings to help transition-age youth with disabilities acquire necessary skills. Topics include learning to navigate employment networks, creating and setting boundaries in adult relationships, learning to live independently, and more.
Operating Entity: Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps out-of-school youth with disabilities find jobs in competitive integrated settings. Participants are connected with entry-level jobs with a chance for advancement, and the program compensates employers for payroll expenses.
Operating Entity: Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This seven-month program teaches transition-age youth self-advocacy and leadership skills, including around communicating their goals, learning to be leaders, and giving back to their communities.
Operating Entity: Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals on the Autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities develop work skills, social connections, and advocacy skills, and identify work opportunities.
Operating Entity: Independent Living Resource Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This eight-week program takes place in high school special education programs in Kansas City and provides students with skills and resources for transitioning from high school to adulthood.
Operating Entity: The Whole Person
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides workforce services to people living in regions that lack a permanent workforce center, including career counseling, resume assistance, career development workshops, skills training, and more. Centers are ADA compliant and feature computer labs and internet access.
Operating Entity: Kansas Department of Commerce
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides multiple services to Kansas residents who are deaf or hard of hearing, including interpreter services, legal advocacy services, referral to job finding services, training with assistive technology, and more.
Operating Entity: Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Kansas State Treasurer’s Office
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project program provides services to families, educators, and interveners to support individuals who are deaf-blind. This includes providing assistance related to transition planning. The project is a partnership between the Kansas Department of Education, Kansas School for the Deaf, Kansas School for the Blind, and multiple state and national non-profit organizations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of vocational services to individuals with disabilities, including services specifically for transition-age youth. This includes offering Pre-Employment Transition Services, connecting youth with disabilities to employment opportunities, providing career counseling, empowering youth to earn high wage and in-demand jobs, and connecting with in-school services for youth with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Kansas Department for Children and Families, Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
KYLF is a five-day forum in which high school juniors and seniors with disabilities learn about leadership, advocacy, and goal setting on a local university campus.
Operating Entity: Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares vocational rehabilitation service providers to serve rural Kansas. The program prepares students to provide pre-employment, employment, and vocational support services to persons with physical, intellectual, sensory, and mental-emotional disabilities.
Operating Entity: Emporia State University
Entity Type: College / University
This program trains service providers on secondary education and transition competencies for assisting youth with disabilities, with a specific focus on helping youth shift from high school education to post-secondary employment.
Operating Entity: Kansas University
Entity Type: College / University
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Families Together Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Center of Kansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps youth with IEPs transition from high school to post-secondary life by teaching basic life skills and preparing students to navigate college life, handle finances, navigate legal concerns, and search for employment.
Operating Entity: Prairie Independent Living Resource Center (PILR)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation Tribal Government
Entity Type: Other
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Nebraska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program gives people with disabilities who are working or interested in working the opportunity to keep Medicaid coverage while on the job.
Operating Entity: KanCare
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
YEP helps individuals with disabilities, ages 15-21, prepare for and achieve long-term employment. It enables youth to gain work experience by connecting them with members of the business community and paying their wages.
Operating Entity: Independence Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program teaches youth with disabilities skills related to financial planning, finding services in their community, finding and advocating for accessible housing, and talking to family members about wants and needs. It also includes Pre-Employment Transition Services.
Operating Entity: Independent Connection Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This self-determination leadership academy is designed to train individuals with disabilities, their family members, and professionals working with people with disabilities on topics ranging from self-determination to finding and using community supports to employment.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Kentucky
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Path Forward of Kentucky
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The program helps individuals with visual impairment, who wish to drive and are legally able to do so according to Kentucky statute, to be trained and issued licenses.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Blind Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides students with a variety of opportunities and experiences in preparation for competitive integrated employment and/or postsecondary education or training. The program includes both Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and Individualized Transition Services (ITS). It is a collaboration between local educational agencies, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These services include Pre-Employment Training Services and Community Work Transition Services, which help high school students ages 14-21 become college or career ready by graduation. Other services include Supported Employment and Employment and Retention, which provide job coaching and assistance with job applications, resumes, interview skills, and more.
Operating Entity: Easterseals West Kentucky
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program offers low interest loans for individuals with disabilities who need assistive technology, including modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will increase their quality of life and independence.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program is designed to meet the educational, transitional, and early intervention needs of children who are deaf-blind by collaborating with state education agencies, local educational agencies, and other stakeholders.
Operating Entity: University of Kentucky, College of Education
Entity Type: College / University
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Kentucky State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Kentucky has nine Special Education Cooperatives across the state that assist local school districts in meeting the needs of its member districts. Services range from technical assistance, trainings, professional development, specialized services, research, and other needs identified by member districts and the Kentucky Department of Education.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Learning
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program aims to enhance employment opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by helping school teams understand the employment process, improve their ability to develop and/or enhance partnerships with employers and providers, and improve partnerships with families. It is a collaboration between the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education, and other agencies, organizations, and college systems in the state.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program teaches individuals with visual impairments how to navigate safely in a variety of environments, including college campus or a job site. The program’s goal is to teach individuals to navigate independently with grace, efficiency and confidence wherever they might be.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Blind Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: KY-SPIN
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project CASE is designed to increase the numbers of individuals with disabilities who are working in fields like Manufacturing, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Culinary Arts. The program provides direct services to help individuals access necessary training and post-secondary educational opportunities, and uses Career Pathway Coordinators to reach employers who can provide work experiences such as job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and job placement in these fields.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides individual assistance, workshops, resources, and more to help youth and young adults with disabilities pursue meaningful careers, live as independently as possible, and enjoy inclusion at work and in the community. Guidance and information is also offered to families, and focuses on transition, employment, the role of vocational rehabilitation counselors, and more.
Operating Entity: PACER Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky Protection and Advocacy
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides customized technical assistance and direct support to Institutions of Higher Education to establish or enhance postsecondary programs that advance the academic success and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities.
Operating Entity: University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute
Entity Type: College / University
This program assist people with disabilities in achieving sustainable competitive integrated employment, maximizing independence, and gaining self-respect. Services include vocational evaluation, customized training, driver education, and an Academic and Lifeskills Program.
Operating Entity: Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
YES! helps youth with disabilities develop self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills to support a successful transition to adult life. It consists of a community group and a school program and is a collaboration between the Center for Accessible Living and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This includes vocational guidance and career counseling, assistive technology services, job placement, and transportation.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Louisiana
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This career and technical education program helps prepare students for continuing their education while earning certifications in high-wage career sectors. The program has been expanded to focus on students with disabilities in particular, through the New Skills for Youth grant.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Department of Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides trainings and assistance to help Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities make informed choices about work.
Operating Entity: Louisiana State University, LSU Health Science Center Human Development Center
Entity Type: College / University
These interest-free loans (up to $1,000 per person) support individuals with disabilities in starting small businesses. The program is a collaboration between the Office of Aging and Adult Services and the Arc of Louisiana.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Families Helping Families
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This three-semester program enables students with disabilities to take classes at Delgado Community College related to specific apprenticeship areas, participate in career development activities, learn community and work skills, and gain employment experience through two 10-week paid internships or apprenticeships. It is a collaboration between the Louisiana State University Human Development Center, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Delgado Community College, public school systems, and employers in the New Orleans metro area.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Louisiana
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program the Rehabilitation Counseling program, which prepares graduates to work with individuals with disabilities and their families to achieve personal and vocational goals, and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program, which prepares graduates to work with individuals with disabilities treat and manage mental disorders. In addition, the program has received three long-term training grants from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, to offer specialized course in Independent Living, Supported Employment, and Assistive Technology. Southern University is a Historically Black University.
Operating Entity: Southern University and A&M College
Entity Type: College / University
This program offers technical assistance and advisement of training opportunities to help self-advocates and family members of people with developmental disabilities develop practices to promote self-determination, independence, and integration.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
Entity Type: Other
This training teaches young adults ages 16-26 to be effective self-advocates, including through trainings and peer-to-peer support.
Operating Entity: Families Helping Families
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Board of Regents, Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The STEP Program introduces teenagers who are blind to positive blind role models and provides them with summer work experience. Participants work 15-20 hours a week at a local business earning minimum wage.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Center for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This initiative seeks to develop the capacity of transition specialists, including through a two-day Transition Summit that covers transition policies, legislation, and best practice models. It also includes a three-day Transition Specialist Core Training, to provide practical strategies around site development, student career assessment, jobsite and community instructional support, jobsite analysis, and developing student portfolios and resumes. It is a collaboration between the Louisiana State University Human Development Center and the Jefferson Parish Public School System.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of services to help people with disabilities overcome employment obstacles. It includes job readiness training, job placement, supported employment, job coaching, and Pre-Employment Transition Services.
Operating Entity: UpLIFTD
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This one-stop career program offers individuals with disabilities a range of services to help them develop the skills and attitudes needed to develop a lifetime career. Services include work evaluation and job readiness services; assessment for and provision of assistive technology; job counseling services; and medical and therapeutic services.
Operating Entity: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program offers one grant a year to help Maine students with developmental disabilities pursue a post-secondary education. The money is applied toward the student’s tuition.
Operating Entity: Robbie Foundation
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals with disabilities start or resume driving, as a way to maintain their independence. It evaluates peoples’ visual, physical, and cognitive skills and make recommendations for adaptive driving equipment, further training, and teaching strategies.
Operating Entity: Alpha One
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides low-interest rate loans to individuals with disabilities, which can be used to purchase equipment or technology that improves a person’s independence, safety, and quality of life.
Operating Entity: Alpha One
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides supported employment services to individuals with mental illness who require ongoing supports to maintain successful employment.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging serve as “one-stop-shops” to answer questions from older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their care partners about a range of in-home, community-based, and institutional services. The program can help individuals access employment training, connect to educational opportunities, and receive information and referrals.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Maine Department of Education, Maine CITE (Consumer Information and Technology Training Exchange)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities increase their functional ability, safety, and overall independence through the use of assistive technology. The program helps individuals identify their assistive technology needs and connect with resources for reaching their goals.
Operating Entity: Goodwill Northern New England
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides assessment, consultation, and training to assist individuals with disabilities in accessing learning and employment through the use of technology. The program also enables consumers to purchase donated and refurbished adaptive equipment at a reduced price and/or to borrow adaptive equipment for short-term loans.
Operating Entity: Spurwink ALLTECH
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Maine (DRM)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Four Clubhouses throughout the state offer a variety of services to help individuals with mental illness attain work. Services include in-house prevocational programs, transitional employment, and competitive employment in the community with or without Supported Employment.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Employment Specialists are embedded in behavioral health organizations across the state to assist individuals living with serious mental illness in career exploration and securing employment. The program is a collaboration between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Behavioral Health, the Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and the Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program offers a variety of services for youth who are blind or visually impaired, to help them prepare for the transition from school to work or post-secondary education.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program includes information, referral, and advocacy services for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Late-Deafened citizens of Maine.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened (DDHHLD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works to identify the needs and maximize the potential of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and Speech Impaired individuals throughout the state. Services include civil rights advocacy, a deaf-blind equipment distribution program, a peer support group, and more.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Maine (DRM)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides work-based learning experiences to high school students with disabilities to help them attain competitive integrated post-secondary employment and education. Services are provided at five high schools in the Bangor area.
Operating Entity: Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs provide services to help people with the most severe disabilities maintain jobs in community-based supported employment settings. Programs include a Basic Extended Support Program and a Brain Injury Extended Support Program.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: Alpha One
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides independent living supports and trainings to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including personal management skills training (for example, around managing money) and mobility instruction.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers adults with disabilities or deafness the opportunity to live and work as independently as possible in their communities. Services include skills training in independent living, work readiness, relationship building, self-advocacy, and health.
Operating Entity: Goodwill Northern New England
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program trains and engages middle and high school students with disabilities from coastal Hancock County school districts in intertidal census work. Students are offered paid internships; receive training in the identification of invasive species, data collection, data management, and scientific protocol; are supervised by onsite mentors; and gain a variety of hands-on worksite skills. The program is a collaboration between the University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and the Community Environmental Health Laboratory (CEHL) at MDI Biological Laboratory.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides parent advocacy training emphasizing Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and advocacy within the K-12 system for Somali parents of children on the autism spectrum. It is a collaboration between the University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI).
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Maine Parent Federation
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a $2,000 scholarship to 3 selected individuals with disabilities to pursue post-secondary education, at either an undergraduate or graduate level.
Operating Entity: Alpha One
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides professional development for employment support providers, including certification opportunities, monthly webinars, and advanced topical training on topics of interest to the field. The program is a collaboration between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Behavioral Health and Office of Aging and Disability Services), the Maine Department of Labor (Bureau of Rehabilitation Services), and the non-profit Syntiro.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Maine (DRM)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides information, training and technical assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families, including transition services to help youth and their families navigate multiple programs and service systems; actively participate in the development of plans for independence; and collaborate with transition professionals. It is a collaborative effort between Parent Centers in nine northeastern states.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
STRIVE U is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: Southern Maine Community College
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to have more control of their lives and speak up on issues that are important to them. Activities include encouraging and providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities to actively seek competitive employment. SUFU collaborates and receives support from the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council.
Operating Entity: Speaking Up for Us (SUFU) of Maine
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a home setting and services for individuals with an acquired brain injury, an intellectual disability, or other barrier to independence. Services include vocational training, job placement, and transportation assistance, and are offered at 23 residences throughout central and southern Maine.
Operating Entity: Goodwill Northern New England
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
NE-PACT provides technical assistance to Parent Centers across 14 states, districts and territories (including Maine). Services include strategies for reaching underserved families, on-site training and support, an annual conference, program evaluation, and consulting around the nonprofit management process.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence-Parent Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a curriculum to help students with disabilities discover employment possibilities in an interactive team environment. Topics include disability disclosure; requesting accommodations; learning styles at work; work values, abilities and aptitudes; interest inventories, self-management skills, occupational exploration; and more. The curriculum can be facilitated independently or in conjunction with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Maine’s Employment First Team includes a Transition Workgroup, which focuses on identifying and addressing challenges that students with disabilities face in their transitions out of high school.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Wabanaki Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: Other
This program helps individuals with visual impairment get, retain, or return to work. Services include individual counseling and guidance, vocational assessments, orientation and mobility instruction, and job placement and follow-up services.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides services to help individuals with disabilities find or keep a job. The program offers career exploration activities; information about skills and training; assistance acquiring tools, uniforms or basic equipment needed to start a job; and job coaching.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program utilizes a customized employment planning approach to assist job seekers in exploring their unique needs, abilities and interests. Services include career counseling, career exploration, “soft” skills development, resume preparation, Work Trial Assessments, job shadows, job development and job search assistance, job coaching, and long term supports.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Maine
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Maine Medical Center, Department of Vocational Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps prepare high school youth with disabilities for adulthood through community access/integration and employment and job training services.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Maine
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists youth with disabilities in exploring career opportunities, locating training programs, and acquiring resources needed for a job (including assistive technology, vehicle modifications, and medical devices). It also includes job coaching services and a Progressive Employment component, where youth engage in hands-on work-based activities in the community, including job tours, interviews, job shadowing, work experiences, and on-the-job training.
Operating Entity: State of Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This 12-week course provides leadership development to youth with developmental disabilities from Ethiopian communities in Montgomery County and the surrounding metropolitan area. The 300 Leaders curriculum will help youth develop the social and leadership skills needed for increased community engagement and future employment.
Operating Entity: Tisnat Institute
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Disabilities, Maryland Technology Assistance Program
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These programs help individuals with disabilities develop the entry-level skills they need for jobs in a range of fields, and include supports, accommodations, and individualized instruction. There are career training programs in the automotive, childcare, retail, pharmacy, food service, animal, and warehouse industries, among others.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance, training, and other services to help improve outcomes for children who are deaf-blind in Maryland and DC. This includes working with state and local educational agencies to ensure that students graduate from high school ready for college and a career. It is a collaboration between the Maryland State Department of Education and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides information and assistance to individuals with disabilities as they navigate the human services system so they can advocate for themselves. The program provides information around mental health, the ADA, employment, and more.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Disabilities
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a variety of services to graduates of Workforce and Technology Center training programs and other individuals with disabilities. Services include job search assistance, cover letter and resume development, interviewing skills preparation, career search skills, business etiquette training, networking and job development, and education on how to disclose disabilities and request accommodations. ​
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program funds supported employment and other day services for eligible graduating students who otherwise may not have received Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) services. This program earmarks funds in the DDA budget for eligible students leaving school, regardless of the severity of their situation and their relative need for immediate services.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
IATC is a partnership of state and local government agencies, educators, family members and advocates that work together to improve policies and practices that affect Maryland students with disabilities preparing to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, and independent living. It meets at least four times a year and regularly creates and reviews an Interagency State Plan for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps develop leadership skills among parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. It includes workshops, webinars, experiential learning, coaching, mentoring, and independent study. It is designed to help parents broaden their role within their communities as a resource, support group leader, trainer, advocate, and more.
Operating Entity: The Parents’ Place of Maryland
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Sumday Administration, LLC
Entity Type: Other
This program helps individuals with disabilities and their families access assistive technology (AT) devices and services. This includes AT demonstrations, consultations, short-term device loans, a high-tech AT Reuse Center, trainings, webinars, a low-interest financial loan program, and one-on-one information and referral.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Disabilities
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
MD-YLF is a week-long leadership program open to students with disabilities entering their final two years of high school. Activities take place on a college campus and help students gain leadership skills, plan for their careers, and learn about assistive technology and community supports.
Operating Entity: Independence Now
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: The Parents’ Place of Maryland
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers parent to parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health concern. Through a one-to-one “match,” experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources.
Operating Entity: The Arc Maryland
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
POG is a group of advocates that educate people with developmental disabilities through leadership trainings and mentoring opportunities. POG also provides support and training to local self-advocacy groups. It is a partnership between the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Maryland
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps students with disabilities prepare for the future, including by helping students identify their skills and abilities; coordinating Pre-Employment Transition Services, including summer employment and internships; referring students to programs at the Workforce & Technology Center; supporting college or technical school training; and helping students find a job that matches their strengths and interests.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with mental health conditions maintain work, by providing on-going support after they begin working (such as training, supervision, and help with adjustment to the work environment). It includes Evidence-Based Supported Employment, which is rooted in research, and Traditional Supported Employment.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This Parent Technical Assistance Center serves Maryland’s federally-funded Parent Centers to enhance their capacity to provide effective services for families of children with special needs, including navigate the special education system and provide you with the information and tools you need to be an informed and active participant in your child’s education
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Independence Now, Maryland Work Incentives Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This two-part program helps individuals with disabilities who have little or no work experience, or who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time, develop skills needed to be successful in the workplace. The first six-week course helps individuals prepare for employment through videos, lectures, worksite tours, and job shadowing experiences, while the second program includes real-world work experience at community worksites.
Operating Entity: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides adaptive devices and technical consulting to individuals who are blind and employers to help in the workplace, classroom, or the management of a consumer’s home.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), MCB Support Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), MassMATCH
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides personalized college support for students with learning and social challenges. This includes providing high school students with an introduction to college, and college students with ongoing support. The program consists of an Individualized College Plan, peer mentorship, pre-employment training, self-advocacy training, and more. It is a collaboration between College Steps, high schools, colleges, families, and agencies.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program acts as the initial information resource for the public related to issues of deafness and hearing loss, including around sign language and speech reading classes, assistive technology, programs and support services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and schools and summer camps. The program also provides technical assistance around assistive technology to individuals and organizations.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides services to consumers who are deafblind and/or legally blind with cognitive issues. Services include vocational, prevocational, and social day programs, as well as assistance accessing adaptive equipment, low vision aides, flex funding, and more.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), Deaf Blind Extended Supports (DBES) Unit
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Massachusetts Office on Disability answers questions about disability rights, reasonable accommodations, and issues related to equal access and opportunity.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Employment Specialists provide individuals with visual impairments assistance in the job search process. Direct services to a job seeker include resume development, cover letter and business correspondence creation, mock interviewing, and employment networking strategies.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides classes for people with disabilities to learn skills that will assist them in pursuing independence. Topics include self-advocacy, choice and control, your rights 101, awareness and action, and voting. Participants will also have the opportunity to become actively involved in a project of their choice.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC)
Entity Type: Other
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program assists individuals with disabilities in seeking, securing, and maintaining employment. Services include career planning, resume development, training, and more.
Operating Entity: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)
Entity Type: College / University
Participants who complete Berkshire Hills’ Two-Year Transition Program may matriculate into the LIVE Program which expands on the skills developed in the two-year transition program and provides a more personalized approach aimed at achieving the individual’s specific goals. Services include vocational preparation and placement, supplemented by independent living classes and music enrichment activities.
Operating Entity: Berkshire Hills Music Academy
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This group mentoring program enables youth with disabilities to engage in self-advocacy and social skills trainings, interactive discussions, role-playing, guest speaker presentations, games, and adaptive recreational activities.
Operating Entity: Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program funds partnerships between local school districts and two- and four-year public colleges and universities in Massachusetts, to enable students to enroll in college while also receiving special education services through the school district. Program participants develop their capacities in career-planning, employment, and self-advocacy, including by engaging in paid work and internships.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Federation for Children with Special Needs
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project IMPACT provides personal benefit counseling to people that get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and are employed or looking for a job. This can help individuals with disabilities understand what may happen when they go to work or increase earnings.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity:
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides information, training and technical assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families, including transition services to help youth and their families navigate multiple programs and service systems; actively participate in the development of plans for independence; and collaborate with transition professionals. It is a collaborative effort between Parent Centers in nine northeastern states.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
STEPS is a resource center where young adults (ages 18-25) can receive mental health support. The program promotes self-advocacy, and offers opportunities for vocational, educational and social development.
Operating Entity: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This 10-week series helps people with developmental disabilities improve their skills in the areas of decision-making and leadership. It also provides opportunities for people to connect with self-advocacy networks and expand their social networks.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC)
Entity Type: Other
This program works with individuals who are blind or visually impaired to help them navigate their environments and use technology to improve their independence. Services include help with assistive devices, vision evaluations, rehabilitation teaching to help consumers learn new way of doing daily activities, and more.
Operating Entity: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
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