Chapter 3: Employment
Section 5: Online Employment Information
Job Resources for Individuals With Disabilities.
An on-line resource for state by state job banks plus additional information jobs and careers.
The site tries to list only the most relevant career, job, job search, career education, self-employment, career services and career reference sites it can find.
The site offers students the opportunity to:
- Research undergraduate or graduate schools of interest;
- Use their Embark.com profile to easily inquire or apply online;
- Organize their college applications online;
- Get advice from admissions experts; and
- Network with other students who are looking at the same schools.
FastWeb, a free Internet scholarship search service that helps students make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college, and finding jobs and internships.
Each FastWeb user answers a detailed questionnaire about themselves. The site then uses this data to generate a personalized suite of information of scholarships, colleges, internships, jobs, and more. At the heart is FastWeb's scholarship database - a comprehensive and accurate compilation of national, community, and college-specific scholarships available anywhere. Updated continuously, FastWeb's database contains over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion.
This website section explains the various hiring options for people with disabilities. Individuals seeking appointments with the federal government must be proactive and begin networking with local agencies, contacting listed resources, and aggressively seeking out all available federal employment opportunities. Agencies have direct hire authority for Schedule A appointments presented in this section.
Online guides to career and labor market resources on the Internet for job seekers.
Links employers and provides technical expertise on job accommodations for employees with disabilities.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, these anti-discrimination laws do not provide funds for assistive technology or accessibility, but they can provide a means for individuals with disabilities to obtain assistive technology or needed accessibility on the job, in the marketplace and in the delivery of government services. Employees with disabilities may ask an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to enable the employee to perform his or her job. Accommodations could include adaptive equipment.
JAN’s free online workplace accommodation toolkit (http://prod.askjan.org/toolkit/#) provides employers with the tools needed to create a more disability-inclusive and compliant workplace.
The website searches the internet to find exactly how, when and where to apply to almost every major U.S. company directly. When they can they provide downloadable job application forms, and when those forms are not available they provide the direct links that job seekers need to apply with each company directly
A site designed by Richard Bolles, renowned author on employment issues.
The purpose of the Job-Hunt.Org Web site is to provide a comprehensive listing of useful Internet-accessible job-search resources and services on the Web, in a format which is most useful to job seekers.
Sponsored by the Daily Oklahoman. The site offers a variety of employment resources including a local and national job listing database, job search news and a resume service.
This site is sponsored by a group of guaranty agencies who participate in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and are committed to providing information about higher education and career opportunities. The site provides guided tours for middle and high school students, college students, student loan borrowers, non-traditional students, and parents. There are exercises in planning a career; selecting a school and paying for school.
This on-line employment bank will help you whether you're thinking about a new job, new career, a new city or a new direction.
National Business and Disability Council maintains a free resume database for college students with disabilities. You can post your resume for perusal by the top fortune 1000 companies, as well as job search with companies that are part of the NBDC network. A resource for corporations that are hiring, working with and marketing to persons with disabilities.
Web site provides current job openings in state government, position descriptions, an online application form which can be printed or filled out on screen and then printed, information on special provisions for persons with severe disabilities and veterans, and other information related to state employment.
Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program Administered by the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management, follow this link, to OPM's webpage.
Tests for all state jobs may be waived for those qualified applicants certified as eligible for this Program through the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Applicants hired through this program are eligible for permanent status in the classified service upon successful completion of a probationary period.
- Obtain a certification letter from the Department of Rehabilitation Services stating that he or she has a severe disability as defined by state law.
- Submit an on-line application for employment, including the required disability certification letter, to The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for each job class you wish to apply for
- OPM will review your qualifications and send you a notice confirming that your name has been placed on the eligible list if you qualify.
- As vacancies occur in the job class, OPM will send your name to all State of Oklahoma agencies who request a referral list for that job class and level for the counties you have indicated that you will work in. Your application is valid for one year. If you are still interested in seeking employment after the one year has elapsed, you must submit a new application for each job class you wish to apply and for which you are qualified for.
IMPORTANT: An applicant can use the standard method of applying for state jobs at the same time he or she uses the Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program method. Under the standard Merit System process, a person fills out a state application, takes a test if required, and if determined qualified, the person's name is placed on a register (list) and sent out to agencies with job openings. Each time an agency requests a register, only the names of people at the top of the register are sent. By using both the competitive Merit System application and the Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program method, applicants can maximize their chances to obtain state jobs. OPM asks that applicants in the Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program who also want to use the standard application process notify OPM in writing at the address listed above.
State Work Incentive Program provides Oklahoma state agencies may hire TANF (welfare) recipients and clients of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) for temporary positions up to 2 years without having to count these positions against their legislatively set limits on positions (FTEs). Work Incentive employees may be eligible for conversion to permanent status after two years. DRS clients were included in the Work Incentive Program by 2000 state legislation that became effective November 1, 2000.
To prepare these students for the fast-changing, global marketplace as well as to ensure all Oklahoma graduates have access to information on Oklahoma jobs, higher education offers a number of special career and employment services. Follow this link, https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Career_Planning/_default.aspx, to the Oklahoma Higher Education's Career Services webpage.
Provides information on limited number of colleges, universities and their programs. This provides information mostly on large universities and colleges. Does provide searches based on major planned.
Quintessential Career and Job-Hunting Resource Guide. A free career service site designed to help college students find internships and employment. The site offers job hunting guides, networking advice, resume and cover letter tutorials and other resources.
About Social Security:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes monthly disability payments under two programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for workers (and their children or surviving spouses) who have Social Security coverage. To find out who is covered, refer to Social Security Disability Benefits at www.ssa.gov/pubs/10029.html.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people who have little income and resources and who have not worked enough to be covered under regular Social Security.
To get SSDI or SSI, adults must have a physical and/or mental impairment that keeps them from working for at least 12 months, or is expected to result in death. Children must have a physical and/or mental problem that prevents them from doing things that children the same age normally do.
Applying for SSDI or SSI:
Call 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-325-0778 TTY to file a claim for benefits, or contact your local Social Security Office. If you want someone to help you, such as a relative or caseworker, that person may contact Social Security for you. Information you will need for your SSDI or SSI application includes:
- Social Security Number,
- Medical records from doctors, therapists, hospitals, agencies, etc.,
- Laboratory and test results,
- Name, address, phone and fax for your doctors, clinics and hospitals,
- W-2 Form or Income Tax Return,
- Names of all medications you are taking, and
- Names of your employers and job duties for the last 15 years.
- If applying for a child, school records relating to disability will be needed.
Important: Don't wait to file a disability claim even if you don't have all this information on hand.
If You Are Denied SSDI or SSI:
You have 65 days from receipt of Social Security's denial letter to file an appeal. Details on the appeals process can be found in The Appeals Process, Publication 05-10041.
Go to this section of the Social Security Administration's website, www.ssa.gov/pubs/, to find published information on Social Security, Disability Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Survivor Benefits and more.
Ticket to Work Program offers SSA disability beneficiaries greater choice in obtaining the services they need to help them go to work and achieve their employment goals. Follow this link, www.ssa.gov/work, to visit the Social Security Administration webpage for Ticket to Work
A Rehabilitation Research and Training Center site focusing on employment resources for people with disabilities. Information on disability management, workforce investment activities, assistive technology, ergonomics, supported employment, job search, self-employment, telecommuting and other employment issues.