Customised employment is a process that starts with an assessment of an individual’s skills, interests and needs. This information is used to create a unique job description that meets the needs of both the employer and the employee.
There are many disability employment services that can help disabled people find and keep a job. These services can provide job placement assistance, vocational rehabilitation and other support. Many employers are required by law to make accommodations for employees with disabilities, so there are often opportunities available.
Start by contacting the state’s employment service office
To contact the state’s employment service office, you can do so by phone, email, fax and mail.
- Call the state’s employment service office by phone. The number is usually found on your local government website or in their area code directory (if it has one). You may also find a link to this page through an online search engine such as Google or Bing.
- Contact them via email at [email protected]. If you have any questions about how to submit an application for disability benefits or general information about applying for disability benefits in general, then they would be able to help! Ensure all details are filled out completely before sending off your request so there will be no confusion later on down the road when it comes time to file documents with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
- Fax them; alternatively, send hardcopy documentation directly to their offices. This option costs less money than calling but requires more effort.
Use the internet to find accessible agencies and organisations
The internet is the best way to find accessible agencies and organisations. You can use the internet to find accessible employment services, career counselling and disability insurance.
- Use the internet to find accessible employment services: A good place to start is with your local Bureau of Labor Statistics website. This site contains links that will take you directly to information about various careers within a given industry or profession (for example, “Career Information”). It also provides access to other resources such as job listings, training classes and other materials related specifically to certain industries or occupations.
- Look online for disability insurance: If your goal is only financial security, then consider purchasing long-term disability coverage from an insurer instead of funding through an employer’s plan. However, this type of coverage does not provide short-term benefits on top of what was already paid out by their employer’s policy. So make sure there isn’t anything else covered under those terms before making any decisions about purchasing additional policies, including short-term ones like those offered by private companies versus public entities/providers like Medicaid, which aren’t eligible for federal tax deductions.
Go to your local social security office to learn about their resources
The first step to finding employment for disabled people is to visit your local social security office. This is a great place to start because they can help you find a job, as well as make sure that it’s accessible and affordable for you.
The social security office has many resources available, including:
- An online portal where you can access information about disability benefits and programs
- A directory of local businesses that hire people with disabilities
- Guides on how to apply for jobs online or in person (e.g., through newspapers)
There are many types of disability employment services, including vocational rehabilitation (VR), Supported Employment (SE) and customised employment.
Vocational rehabilitation programs help people with disabilities identify their strengths and interests, choose a career path and find a job that matches their skills and abilities.