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DC Department on Disability Services
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
202-730-1700 (voice) | (202) 730-1843 (fax) | (202) 730-1516 (TTY)
dds@dc.gov

The DC Department on Disability Services (DDS) provides the residents of DC with information, oversight, and coordination of services for people with disabilities and those who support them, such as service providers and employers. DDS has two Administrations ( Rehabilitation Services Administration & Developmental Disabilities Administration ) that oversee and coordinate services for residents with disabilities through a network of private and non-profit providers.

REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (RSA) - focuses on employment, ensuring that persons with disabilities achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and sustaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence. RSA’s program is designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, in order to prepare for and engage in gainful employment 34 C.F.R. § 361.1

  • The RSA Youth in Transition Services Units provide transition services, as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 amended, to coordinate a set of activities for students designed around an outcome-oriented process that supports their movement from school to post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, and independent living. Vocational rehabilitation transition services link students with disabilities, while still in school, with the vocational rehabilitation program to create a continuum of services leading to long-term employment outcomes for eligible students.
  • To learn more about RSA’s vocational rehabilitation process for youth with disabilities, refer to the RSA Youth in Transition Toolkit: “Explore the World of Work, Discover Your Career”. It provides the specific steps and activities that youth, schools, and parents need to understand to apply for services and work through the RSA process to receive services and find employment.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADMINISTRATION (DDA) - public agency responsible for the oversight and coordination of all services and supports provided to qualified persons with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia.

  • DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

DC Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota AVE NE, Washington, DC 20019
202-724-7000 (voice)
does@dc.gov

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides a wide variety of services to job seekers through its One-Stop Career Centers. A vocational rehabilitation counselor who works for the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is also available at the One-Stop Career Centers. Please note that in order to receive services from an Employment Specialist at the One-Stop Career Center, job seekers must complete an assessment that includes a reading test. Residents who test below an eighth grade reading level will be referred to other agencies for assistance.

Capitol Hill Supportive Services Program
700 Constitution Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC 20002
202-675-0510 (voice) | 202-547-7030 (fax)

The Capitol Hill Supportive Services Program (CHSSP) helps individuals with disabilities in the following areas:

  • Employment
  • Independent Living
  • Intake and Assessment

10 Things You Want to Know about Federal Government Employment

This Disability Connection Newsletter article addresses the following topics:
  • The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for People with Disabilities
  • Getting Your Foot in the Door at a Federal Agency
  • Where Do I Apply?
  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Federal General Schedule and Pay Grades
  • Schedule A
  • Hiring America’s Heroes
  • Job Accommodations
  • Other resources
  • Disability as Part of Diversity

ACP AdvisorNet
info@acp-advisornet.org.

ACP AdvisorNet is an online community assisting Veterans in developing and achieving their professional goals by connecting them with business leaders from companies nationwide. Through our Q&A forum, Veterans can ask questions about career development, employment, and small business.

Current and former service members, and their immediate family members, are eligible to join the site to receive career advice. Business professionals join as Advisors to answer questions posted by Veterans.

All users are able to see the professional and/or military backgrounds of other users, promoting an environment of accountability and trust. ACP AdvisorNet is a nonprofit venture from American Corporate Partners.

American Job Center
4058 Minnesota AVE NE, Washington, DC 20019

As the cornerstone of the American Job Center Network this site provides a single access point - open 24-7 - to key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and gain skills in growing industries. Connecting Americans to online resources from across the federal government, nearly 3,000 brick-and-mortar American Job Centers, and hundreds of local training programs and job resources funded through federal grants, the proud partners of the American Job Center Network provide an easily-identifiable source for the help and services individuals and businesses need. No matter what state you're in, whether you're online or visiting in person, when you see American Job Center Network, take comfort knowing you're in the right place to jump start your job search, explore new career options, or tap into the most talented and dedicated workforce in the world.

The Arc of Southern Maryland
ntaylor@arcsomd365.org|

Promotes community involvement, independence, and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Maryland.

The Arc of the District of Columbia - Employment Program
415 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-636-2950 (voice)
arcdc@arcdc.net

Our professional placement staff work with employers in all phases of the employment process, from matching the employee with the job, hiring decisions, job coaching, and follow-along. Individuals are placed in a variety of positions to suit their skills and interests.

Art Enables
2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-554-9455 (voice) | 202-554-9456 (fax)

Art Enables is an arts-and-enterprise program for teens and young adults with developmental and/or mental disabilities from throughout DC. If you become an Art Enables participant: You come to the studio on scheduled days to create and market your own art under the guidance of professional artist-instructors. Your artwork is exhibited and sold in shows at the studio via retailers around the city and at galleries, markets, and special events throughout the region.

Best Buddies Maryland
3500 Boston Street, MS-47 Suite 210, Baltimore, MD 21224
410-327-9812 (voice) | 410- 327-9816 (fax)

Best Buddies Maryland offers a variety of Best Buddies International programs that create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

These programs include:

  • Best Buddies Middle Schools - Best Buddies Middle Schools fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without IDD. Students with IDD are often isolated and left out of social activities. Best Buddies Middle Schools helps to create an inclusive school climate for students early on in their educational development.
  • Best Buddies High Schools - Best Buddies High Schools fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without IDD. The high school years are a time of heightened social and emotional development and can be difficult even for those without IDD. Best Buddies High Schools helps break through social barriers at an important time in a young person's life.
  • Best Buddies Colleges - Best Buddies Colleges fosters one-to-one friendships between college students and adults with IDD and college students without IDD. Historically, adults with IDD have been isolated in home or work environments. Best Buddies Colleges is changing this by providing the opportunity for people with IDD to be involved in campus and community life.
  • Best Buddies Citizens - Best Buddies Citizens fosters one-to-one friendships between adults with and without IDD in corporate and civic communities. This program helps people with IDD become part of mainstream society and creates an inclusive and diverse community for all.
  • e-Buddies - e-Buddies provides a safe online forum to develop one-to-one friendships between people with and without IDD. Technology is an integral part of society and by participating in e-Buddies, participants can develop the skills necessary to be able to communicate using a variety of sources.
  • Best Buddies Jobs - Best Buddies Jobs is a supported employment program that secures competitive paying jobs for people with IDD, therefore enabling them to work as respected individuals. The program develops partnerships with employers, assists with the hiring process, and provides ongoing support to the employee and employer.

BroadFutures
3751 Northampton Street, Suite 300, Washington , DC 20015
(202) 521-4304 (voice)
info@broadfutures.org

BroadFutures provides holistic training and meaningful transitional work experiences for young adults with learning disabilities to empower their potential for positive and successful futures. BroadFutures’ holistic approach incorporates a unique focus on stress tolerance, flexibility and social supports.

Business Opportunity Workforce Development Center
2311 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20020
202-645-8620  (voice) | 202-645-0366 (fax)

Through the financial support of the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, DDOT administers two federal programs aimed to fulfill its mission to help small business entrepreneurs successfully compete for procurement contracts in transportation construction. 

DC Metro Business Leadership Network (DC Metro BLN)
PO Box 441, Garrett Park , DC 20896
202-630-9226 (voice)

The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit that uses a business-to business model offering education, training programs and resources to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity meeting diversity and compliance goals. Our mission is to engage, educate and inform.

DCPS Choose Your Future Website

DCPS’ transition planning website to help you find your best path, customized to what you want. Please explore the information on these pages and talk to your Placement Specialist to start making initial plans, or just to sit down and talk. Your Placement Specialist is available to answer questions, provide more information, and help you figure out how you want your future to look.

DCPS Competitive Employment Opportunities Program Washington, DC
202-577-6892 (voice)
raymond.hutchison@dc.gov

Are you a professional working in the District of Columbia who is interested in becoming a youth mentor? Are you a student looking to apply as a participant? Are you just curious as to what the CEO Program is all about? Great, we are happy you stopped by. Use the tabs to find useful resources and answers to your questions. If you would rather just interact with a human being, we’ve got you covered. Please email raymond.hutchison@dc.gov or call 202-577-6892 to get the information you need. If no one is home, leave a message and we will get back to you ASAP.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov connects people with disabilities, their families, and the organizations that support them to important information about:
  • Disability benefits (guides, programs, applications, etc.)
  • Civil rights (ADA information, accessibility guidelines, employment rights, complaint procedures, etc.)
  • Community life (history of the independent living movement, personal care assistance services, sports and leisure activities, etc.)
  • Education (IDEA and IEP information, teaching materials and strategies, classroom supports, college prep, etc.)
  • Emergency preparedness (inclusive emergency planning, disaster recovery assistance, emergency service accessibility, etc.)
  • Employment (career planning, workforce development, internship programs, hiring and recruiting information, etc.)
  • Health care (disability and condition information, services and providers, caregiving options, financial assistance, etc.)
  • Housing (housing laws, home buying guides, supportive housing options, home modification, etc.)
  • Technology (accessible technology guidelines and standards, assistive information technology, assistive educational technology, financial assistance, etc.)
  • Transportation (laws, travel guides, providers, vehicle modification, safety and complaint procedures, etc.)

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

  • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
  • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
  • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
  • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.
  • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.

e-Trac Vocational Training Curriculum
Midwest Special Services: 3400 Granada Ave. North, Suite 190, Oakdale, MN 55128
(651) 238-1994 (voice)
jfranzen@mwsservices.org

This innovative online curriculum is designed to teach job search skills to people struggling to overcome barriers to employment, such as disabilities, gaps in employment history or mental health challenges.

This comprehensive curriculum contains six separate courses – the first five focus on a specific phase of the job search process while the sixth focuses on how to successfully keep a job. Each course is fully animated and all information is presented in accessible, easy-to-understand language. Content is reinforced through fun, engaging videos, simulations, interactive exercises, quizzes, exams and a variety of practical opportunities to apply what is learned. All courses are fully narrated.

Email Etiquette 101

This informative PDF lists 11 essential tips for writing professional email messages.

Employees' Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Employees' Practical Guide to Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act is a summary of some of the most frequent issues that employees have regarding accommodations and the ADA and Job Accommodation Network's (JAN's) practical ideas for resolving them. As new information is available or new issues develop, the Guide will be updated to reflect the changes.

Entering the World of Work: A Guide to Employment Programs for Adults with Disabilities in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax & Falls Church

This guide, written by the Arc of Northern Virginia, covers the following key issues:

  • When to start preparing for entry into the workforce.
  • What you need to know to prepare for and stay on the job.
  • Whether working will affect your child’s benefits.
  • Which steps to take now to protect your loved one’s financial future.
  • How he or she will get around.

Finding Success in the Workplace: Career Assistance for People with Autism (Guide)

Many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) look forward to the satisfaction and independence that come with being employed. Unfortunately, the majority of people with ASD struggle to get hired. One reason is that employers aren’t educated about the abilities and skills autistic job seekers possess. Another is that successfully navigating the job search process can be challenging for someone with ASD if they don’t have the right guidance and assistance.

If you’re a job seeker with autism or their caregiver, take advantage of the resources, advice, articles, and other information provided in this guide.

Flame Financial Limited
info@flame-financial.com

Flame Financial Limited specializes in financial consulting and support. The company offers a variety of services including:

  • Business Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Contract Implementation
  • Project Management

Full Circle Employment Solutions
P.O. Box 7030 , Hyattsville, MD 20787
1-888-466-2942.     (voice)

Our Vision: At Full Circle, our vision is to educate and promote greater economic self-sufficiency around the country. Our hope is that we will encourage people to live full, meaningful lives while d

GettingHired, Inc.
7301 Parkway Drive, Hanover, MD 21076
1.866.352.7481 (voice)

GettingHired launched in 2008 with the sole purpose of helping people with disabilities find gainful employment.

We strive to empower an underserved workforce of professional job seekers with disabilities and create sustainable employment growth through a variety of opportunities.

GettingHired understands the frustration of being a job seeker and is constantly evolving to suit the needs of its users, through accessible systems, easy-to-use job search, professional development, industry information, employer training and our custom social community.

Providing a safe and secure environment is top of mind and our employer partners have a vested interest in hiring the most talented individuals for their companies. We seek to work with companies who are making a concerted effort to hire people with disabilities and are constantly looking to improve their program through best hiring training programs for a variety of teams.

Goodwill of Greater Washington (GGW)
2200 S. Dakota Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20018
(202) 715-2658 (voice)

Goodwill assists teens and young adults with disabilities to: identify their experiences and dreams, develop individual career plans, conduct job searches, write resumes, and practice interviewing skills. After you find employment, GGW staff regularly consults with you to assess your progress and determine the need for additional services.

Guide for Employees with Disabilities and Their Employers

There are some basic legal requirements and many considerations to take into account when working as a disabled person or employing people with disabilities. The Pingboard Guide for Employees with Disabilities and Their Employers addresses the misconceptions about relations and expectations between employers and employees with disabilities along with the rights, safety precautions, and resources that enable everyone to efficiently do their jobs.

HEATH Resource Center
2134 G Street, N.W., Suite 306 , Washington , DC 20052
AskHEATH@gwu.edu

The HEATH Resource Center gathers and provides information about national, post-secondary education supports for individuals with disabilities. The Center:

  • Participates in national conferences, trainings, and workshops
  • Develops training modules
  • Publishes resource papers, factsheets, guides, directories, and website information on accessibility, accommodations, financial aid, career development, independent living, and rehabilitation
  • Fosters a network of disability professionals

The HEATH Resource Center is managed by George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development in partnership with the HSC Foundation and the National Youth Transitions Center.

Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce program that provides military veterans and their spouses with:

  • Information about local hiring fairs
  • Access to employment workshops, resume building, job search, and survey tools
  • Personal and/or professional networking opportunities

Prospective employers may also:

  • Commit to hire heroes
  • Post jobs
  • Search resumes
  • Mentor job seekers
  • Volunteer at workshops
  • Sign up for hiring fairs

The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center Family-Centered Search Tool

The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center hosts and links to numerous resources relevant to families across the country at its website. The family-centered search feature allows users to filter resources by topic, format, audience, and grade.

Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20008
202-822-8405 (voice) | 202-872-4050 (fax)
iel@iel.org

IEL builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, systems and communities to work together to prepare all children and youth for post-secondary education, careers, and citizenship.

JAN E-News
subscribe@askjan.org

JAN E-News is the quarterly newsletter of the Job Accommodation Network. JAN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. This newsletter will help keep you informed of new work site accommodation tools and techniques, changes at JAN, and other issues important to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
(800) 526-7234 (voice) | (877) 781-9403 (TTY)

AskJAN.org is an online resource center designed to provide employers, people with disabilities, their family members, service providers, educators, and others with technical assistance on job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The site offers a number of ways to find this information, including:

  • Search
  • Information by Disability
  • Information by Topic
  • Site Map

Job Corps
200 Constitution Ave, NW, Suite N4463, Washington, DC 20210
202-693-3000 (voice) | 877-889-JOBS (TTY)
national_office@jobcorps.gov

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

Kennedy Center Accessibility Office
2700 F St, NW, Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8727 (voice) | (202) 416-4840 (fax) | (202) 416-8728 (TTY)
access@kennedy-center.org

Partnership: Sponsorship of internships for youth with diabilities within a cultural organizations in the Washington metropolitan area.

The Kingsbury Center
5000 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-722-5555 (voice)
jlux@kingsbury.org

Kingsbury Day School is an independent K-12 full-time special education school serving the needs of learning disabled students with average to above average cognitive abilities. KDS is an accredited school serving both publicly and privately funded students, and students who graduate earn a high school diploma.

Latin American Youth Center
1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington , DC 20009
202.319.2225 (voice) | 202.462.5696 (fax)

LAYC provides multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs in the following areas:

  • Educational Enhancement
  • Social Services
  • Workforce Investment
  • Community Wellness
  • Art + Media
  • Advocacy

Linden Resources
2013 H ST NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 542-4441 (voice)
info@linden.org

Linden provides rehabilitative services to people with disabilities that help them get and keep community jobs with a wide variety of small, medium and large businesses, government agencies and within Linden’s own commercial printing and warehousing businesses.

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute
801 Buchanan St, NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-529-7600 (voice) | 202-529-2028 (fax)

The Kennedy Institute works with teens and young adults with developmental disabilities to provide a broad array of education, therapeutic, employment, and community living programs.

M&L Special Needs Resources Webpage
5603 Potomac Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
855.344.9771 (voice) | 855.344.9771
info@specialneedsplanning.net

At M&L Special Needs Planning, we feel that access to the right information is the key to planning a successful future. In keeping with our goal to keep you informed, and to provide you with the tools to enable you to plan a happy and successful future for your family, we have compiled a list of special needs resources.

Marriott Foundation - Bridges From School to Work
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 904 , Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-562-9146 (voice) | 301-562-9149 (fax)
shelby.hill@marriott.com

Develops and supports mutually beneficial job placements to meet the workforce needs of local employers and the vocational goal of young people. The Foundation was established to enhance employment opportunities for young people with disabilities. Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP Awards program.

The Mason LIFE Program

The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is a dual purpose. The first is to provide a supportive academic environment for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The second is to supply an apprenticeship for George Mason University students..

Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute
DC Department of Employment Services Office of Youth Programs, 609 H St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-698-3991  (voice)

The Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute (MYLI) was founded in 1979 as a year-round program to train DC youth in the concepts of leadership and self-development. The MYLI training model emphasizes practical, hands-on experience and a holistic approach to developing leaders for the 21st century. Each year, 250 young people participate in the year-round program and 500 youth participate in the Summer Training Program. Thousands of DC youth have received leadership training to date.

MDRC
16 East 34 Street, New York , 10016
(212) 532-3200 (voice) | (212) 684-0832 (fax)
information@mdrc.org

MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children.

Melwood
5606 Dower House Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-599-8000   (voice)

Offers services that enable people with developmental disabilities to take part in normal community life. Career and job training programs provide work options and career goals. Melwood contract sites with the federal government provide good wages and benefits.

Montgomery Works
11002 Veirs Mill Rd, South Office Bldg, 1st Floor, Wheaton, MD 20902
301-946-1806 (voice) | 301-933-4427 (fax) | 301-962-4083 (TTY)

Offers a variety of job-search tools and services: resource room, workshops, trained staff, information about jobs in demand , access to job openings through Maryland Workforce Exchange, an internet-based program and other job databases.

National Children's Center
6200 Second St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-722-2300 (voice) | 202-722-2383 (fax)

Provides comprehensive and innovative services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in DColumbia and Maryland, including early intervention, schools, employment, adult day and residential programs.

National Children's Center SE Campus
3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20032
202-279-4945 (voice)

Provides comprehensive and innovative services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in DColumbia and Maryland, including early intervention, schools, employment, adult day and residential programs.

National Disability Institute (NDI)
1667 K Street, NW Suite 640, Washington, DC 20006
202.296.2040 (voice)

National Disability Institute is most recognized for harnessing the power of collaboration with government, financial institutions, the business community, community nonprofits, and institutions of higher education to advance new opportunities for work, income production, savings, and asset building for people with disabilities.

What We Do
NDI's tools for change include public education, policy development, training and technical assistance activities, and innovation pilots and demonstrations.

Our Core Competencies

  • Tax Preparation
  • Financial Education
  • Asset Development
  • Employment
  • Public Benefits Planning
  • Public Policy

Our Priorities

  • Improve collaboration across federal agencies to advance a better economic future for individuals with disabilities.
  • Align public policy to promote work, saving and asset accumulation.
  • Develop and document pathways to improved economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Inform, educate and improve financial capability of youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Build and grow the Real Economic Impact Network through marketing and outreach activities and innovative projects.

National Veterans Center (NVC)
2013 H Street NW, Suite 200, Washington , DC 20006
202-652-4742 (voice)
info@nationalveteranscenter.org

Powered by Student Veterans of America and in conjunction with The HSC Foundation, the National Veterans Center’s (NVC) mission is to empower military veterans to reach their full potential. This partnership between non-profit organizations accomplishes its mission by acting as a central conduit that pairs service providers from the public and private sector with veterans and military families seeking resources. The NVC serves as America’s laboratory for developing, testing, and digitally delivering new solutions to veterans in order to assist them with overcoming disability, completing their education, finding meaningful employment, and thriving in their communities.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
PO Box 5908 , Bethesda , MD 20824
1-301-915-0353 (voice)

The NYLN:

  • Promotes youth leadership development.
  • Values inclusion, interdependent support systems, and disability pride.
  • Works to create access to the resources youth need to be leaders.
  • Supports work being done by youth activists with disabilities on the local level.
  • Trains youth with disabilities.
  • Connects youth leaders with opportunities to serve and be active members of their communities.

National Youth Transitions Conference Support Fund

The National Youth Transitions Conference Support Fund is jointly will be used to support youth participation and/or programming at conferences and seminars related to the transition of youth with disabilities from school to work and independent living.

Requests for Support will be received, reviewed, and approved jointly by the staff of HSCF and MEAF. Support is restricted to members of the Youth Transitions Collaborative and priority given to those members that are engaged and active participants of the Collaborative. Organizations that are approved for support agree to acknowledge the funding in all written materials including websites and social mediums by stating, "Jointly funded by The HSC Foundation and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation through the Youth Transitions Collaborative".

To apply, please submit requests in writing by email to Son Park McBride or Kevin Webb

Indicate in your request:

  • How the funds for the conference/seminar will help young people and young veterans successfully transition to work and independent living,
  • How many people will be impacted by your event, and
  • What recognition HSCF & MEAF will receive.

Requests up to $5,000 in support will be considered, but we encourage you to indicate different levels of support that are available for your event. The National Youth Transitions Conference Support Fund is limited to a total of $20,000 for the 2014 calendar year. Once these funds are expended, HSCF and MEAF will notify Collaborative members that no more requests will be considered.

New Futures Career Navigator
careernavigator@newfuturesdc.org

Users of the online, interactive Career Navigator tool can take a career assessment to determine career paths that best fit them. They learn about each career including job outlook, pay potential, and the amount of education or training required. The Career Navigator connects students to local educational institutions where they can obtain the related post-secondary education. Additional resources are provided to further empower youth and young adults to make informed decisions about their careers. Real-life success stories of New Futures Alumni are also shared.

New View, LLC
966 Hungerford Dr, Suite 7, Rockville, MD 20850
240-535-4036 (voice)
contact@newviewot.com

New View, LLC establishes relationships with children, young adults, adults, and their families and/or educational support team to determine relevant, individualized, and client-centered recommendations related to education, work, self-care, and leisure. We provide quality therapeutic services across the lifespan to create meaningful life experiences that help to improve independence and confidence in education, work, self-care, and leisure activities. We provide occupational therapy treatment and evaluation in addition to vocational, career guidance, and assessment.

New Vision Photography Program, Inc.
680 Rhode Island Ave, NE, Suite H4, Washington, DC 20002
202-269-6723 (voice) | 202-269-6724 (fax)
newvisionphoto@aol.com

Supported employment and long-term follow-along services in the photography industry and community inclusion for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, introducing them to a creative world of digital photography, entrepreneurship programs, and One-Hour Photo Mini Lab training and employment.

ODEP Mental Health Topic Page

Nearly one in five Americans may experience some form of mental illness each year. For many of these individuals (and many without mental health conditions as well), work is key to their health, contributing to a sense of purpose and well-being. Thus, it’s important that employers understand how to foster a mental health-friendly work culture.

The Outcomes Service (The Treatment and Learning Centers, Inc.)
2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
301.294.9205 (voice)
dezrin@ttlc.org

Provides services that enable adults with brain injury, cognitive impairments, neurological and developmental disabilities to reach the highest levels of productivity, independence and inclusion in the community.

Paralegal Institute of Washington, DC
5101 Wisconsin Ave, NW Suite 210, Washington, DC 20016
202-955-4562 (voice)

Welcome to the Paralegal Institute of Washington, DC (PIW). PIW is a licensed higher-education learning center, committed to training paralegals.

PEATworks.org

PEATworks.org is the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology's central hub for accessible technology-related resources and collaborative activities. Our content focuses primarily on tools and information to help employers and the technology industry adopt and promote accessible technology as part of everyday business practices, for the benefit of all businesses and workers.

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Project SEARCH is dedicated to providing education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an innovative workforce and career development model that benefits the individual, workplace, and community. Our primary goal is to secure competitive employment outcomes for each of our student graduates

Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for CILs and AJCs

The Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for CILs and AJCs is a collection of resources for Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and American Job Centers (AJC) to deepen their understanding of each other’s services and structure to improve the lives of job seekers with disabilities through employment. The checklists, guides, and fact sheets in the toolkit leverage CILs’ knowledge and skills on disability issues and community resources and AJCs’ training and employment services to maximize the talents and skills of both partners and create a win-win-win for CILs, AJCs, and for job seekers with disabilities.

RCM of Washington
900 2nd Street, NE, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20002
202-789-1930 (voice)
info@rcmwashington.com

We strive to support each person in a positive and nurturing environment, which integrates all aspects of living, working, and learning, and acknowledges their place as a valued and viable member of the community. RCM has developed an innovative and creative approach to working with people with Intellectual Disabilities through self-determined choices and experiences tailored to individual dreams, desires, and needs. We promote opportunities for building relationships and  integrating into the community.

Saint John's Community Services
2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite C-120, Washington, DC 20007
202-274-3460 (voice) | 202-337-5459 (fax)
aginsberg@sjcs.org

The mission of SJCS-DC is "Advancing community supports and opportunities for people living with disabilities". SJCS-DC is predicated on the tenets that all individuals have the inalienable rights and abilities to be viable, participating, economically and socially empowered members of society. To this end the services and operations of SJCS-DC are designed to promote the full community inclusion of individuals with disabilities through a process that is person centered and demonstrates the utmost respect, dignity and value for individuals with disabilities and their families. SJCS-DC seeks to empower individuals with disabilities and their families through the provision of training, information, experiences, and support that further their capabilities and independence. To this end SJCS-DC stresses choices and meaningful decision making by individuals with disabilities throughout service delivery planning and implementation.

Securing a Future for Your Child with a Disability: A Parents Guide to Adult Services in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church

This guide, written by the Arc of Northern Virginia, will help you answer the following questions:

  • Who’s in charge of key life decisions.
  • Whether your adult child is eligible for government support.
  • What kind of jobs and day support programs are available.
  • Which recreational activities are best.
  • How he or she will get around.
  • Where they’ll live.

Seeds of Tomorrow
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Suite M1, Washington, DC 20020
202-747-7530 (voice) | 1-866-338-1588 (fax)

A transitional school that offers academic remediation, life skills classes, and a summer program. . Job coaches, therapists, and teachers are available to work on social skills in the workplace and to supervise job experiences for resume building.

Serve DC
2000 14th ST NW Suite 101, Washington, DC 20009
202-727-7925 (voice) | 202-727-9198 (fax)
serve@dc.gov

Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism encourages people with disabilities to participate as National Service members in the District of Columbia. A priority of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Serve DC is the full and proactive inclusion of individuals with disabilities in service. Under federal law, National Service program sites that include AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve, and Senior Corps are required to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In addition, National Service program sites must make reasonable accommodations to enable a qualified applicant or National Service participant with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential service functions. Serve DC currently has funding available for any National Service program site operating in the District of Columbia to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who are applicants or current National Service members. National Service program sites must apply for the funding.

ServiceSource
6295 Edsall Rd, Suite 175 , Alexandria, VA 22312
703-461-6000 (voice)

ServiceSource is a leading nonprofit disability resource organization with regional offices and programs located in nine states and the District of Columbia. We serve more than 15,700 individuals with disabilities annually through a range of innovative and valued employment, training, rehabilitation, housing and other support services. ServiceSource directly employs more than 1,500 individuals on government and commercial affirmative employment contracts, making us one of the largest employers of people with disabilities nationwide.

Whether you are an individual with a disability, a government contracting officer or a local business owner, ServiceSource is committed to meeting or exceeding your needs and expectations.

Smithsonian Accessibility Program
Information Center: 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-2921 (voice)
access@si.edu

The Accessibility Program supports the Smithsonian in making all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s programs, collections and facilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Advising on and implementing policy, practices, and procedures related to access for people with disabilities;
  • Reviewing facility and exhibition designs;
  • Providing technical assistance;
  • Conducting outreach to the disability community and other cultural arts organizations;
  • Providing staff education on disability topics; and
  • Working with Smithsonian museums and offices to provide direct visitor services, including sign language interpretation, real time captioning, and alternate formats of publications.

Programs include:

  • All Access Camp A two-week, multi-media summer camp for twenty Washington, D.C.-area High School students with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.
  • Access to Opportunities Smithsonian Internship for People with Disabilities
  • Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival Morning at the Museum A project of the Smithsonian Institution's Accessibility Program and the Smithsonian Museums. Guided by a Community Advisory Committee comprised of museum educators, exhibit designers, professionals who work with children on the Autism Spectrum, parents, and self-advocates, the Smithsonian has developed a series of pre-visit materials designed to help children on the spectrum and their families enjoy a visit to the Smithsonian Museums.
  • Access American Stories Mobile App
  • Access American Stories is a bilingual (Spanish/English) “crowdsourced” audio experience and companion to the American Stories exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Designed to increase accessibility for visitors with low vision, the app offers everyone new ways of seeing 100 of America’s most evocative historical objects through the eyes of both visitors and museum staff.
  • Introductory Training: Children on the Autism Spectrum and Museums This training covers the basics of autism spectrum disorders and how museums can better engage families with children on the Autism spectrum.

  • The Social Security Administration
    1-800-772-1213 (voice)

    The Social Security Administration is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits or money based on disability: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    The Social Security Administration, Anacostia
    2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Suite 130, Washington, DC 20020
    202-755-0672 (voice) | 202-673-5168 (fax)

    The Social Security Administration is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits or money based on disability: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    The Social Security Administration, M Street Office
    2100 M St, NW, Washington, DC 20037
    202-653-5040 (voice) | 202-233-2012 (fax)

    The Social Security Administration is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits or money based on disability: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    The Social Security Administration, Postal Plaza (Brentwood)
    1905-B 9th St, NE, Washington, DC 20018
    202-376-5049 (voice) | 202-755-0630 (fax)

    The Social Security Administration is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits or money based on disability: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    The Social Security Administration, Shepard Park
    7820 Eastern Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20012
    202-673-5159 (voice)

    The Social Security Administration is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits or money based on disability: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    St. Luke’s House, Inc.
    6040 Southport Drive, N. Bethesda, MD 20814
    301-493-4200 (voice)
    info@stlukeshouse.com

    Provides comprehensive mental health services. Programs range from the psychiatric rehabilitation program, including supported living, life skills training, and vocational rehabilitation, to the mental health clinic, 24-hour crisis care, and services for youth with serious emotional disabilities.

    Student Veterans of America
    1625 K Street NW, Suite 320 , Washington , DC 20006
    (202) 223-4710 (voice)

    Student Veterans of America envisions a nation where all student veterans succeed in post-secondary programs and contribute to civilian society in meaningful ways. SVA provides the resources and support to do so through five major initiatives. We maintain a commitment to Support Chapters through leadership training, grants, and networking opportunities that facilitate the development of successful student-run organizations. An essential component of chapter work is advocating for supportive campus services and programs. At the national level, SVA’s Advocacy efforts ensure policies are not only supportive for veterans in their transition to school and employment, but also for the entire military community. To best serve this large community, SVA Develops Partnerships with other organizations to provide scholarships, mentorships, employment, and benefits counseling. Yet, our support doesn’t end at graduation. Student Veterans of America is developing a networking program that will Connect Alumni veterans with even more professional opportunities. These initiatives are designed to bring veterans closer to their degrees, yet little data exists on student veterans' academic performance. By Investing in Research, SVA hopes to fill that void and showcase student veteran success.

    Summer Youth Employment Program
    4058 Minnesota AVE NE, Washington, DC 20019
    (202) 724-7000 (voice)

    Provides an array of summer enrichment experiences in a range of industries. This short-term employment and training program provides thousands of District youth, ages 14-21, with an opportunity to gain practical experience and be compensated. Youth participants are paid the federal minimum wage.

    Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts Training Program
    8507 Ziggy Lane , Gaithersburg , MD 20877
    (240) 361-3698 (voice)
    sara@sunflowerbakery.org

    The Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts Training Program provides some 400 hours of bakery training and employee development, as well as a supervised internship, to adults with developmental or other cognitive disabilities, preparing them for employment.

    The training includes the following:

    • 250 pastry instruction hours learning an extensive, customized curriculum in an inclusive commercial kitchen
    • 65+ employee development training hours, including ServSafe Certification training
    • 90-100 in-house, on-the-job training hours ( 2 days/week for 5 hours each day)
    • an internship in a local business, acquired and monitored with the assistance of Sunflower’s Employment Specialist and/or an already-committed service provider, for three to six months

    Sunflower offers an extensive, in-depth skilled pastry training program. Pace and curriculum are customized to the individual under the tutelage of professional pastry chefs. In area businesses, students as interns hone their skills en route to employment while receiving a work stipend. Sunflower’s Employer Partners provide job readiness assistance, including mock interviews, internships or job trials.

    Technical Learning Centers
    1720 I ST NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006
    202-223-3500 (voice)

    TLC offers its services by utilizing professional staff who are experienced in their field of expertise. We work with our clients to help them achieve their objectives with the application of new and proven technologies. Our philosophy is to offer our customers the best service possible with highest quality and lowest cost of ownership, on time and on budget.

    Telecommunicating and Accessibility Issues for the Deaf

    This webpage offers a series of educative articles, compiled by Five 9 Call Center Software, on hearing impairment and accessibility issues. These articles provide specific information about:

    • The history of telecommunications devices
    • Telephone relay services
    • Using a TTY system
    • Accessing 9-1-1 emergency services
    • Ongoing efforts to improve telecommunication
    • Overcoming isolation through social media
    • Making distance learning courses more inclusive
    • The challenges of communicating in the workplace
    • Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act

    This webpage also offers informative resources related to hearing impairment. These resources include:

    • Webpages devoted to deaf culture
    • Reviews of assistive technology products
    • A database of closed-captioned, educational DVDs

    TransCen, Inc.
    401 N. Washington Street, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850
    301-424-2002 (voice) | 301-251-3762 (fax) | 301-217-0124 (TTY)
    inquiries@transcen.org

    Organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities by developing, implementing, and researching innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.

    The Transition to Employment: What Parents Can Do Now

    The PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment created a handout that shares four steps parents can take to support their youth’s development of employment skills and to investigate employment options in the home and community.

    U.S. Business Leadership Network
    john.kemp@ppsv.com

    Recognizes and supports best practices in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities, the preparedness for work of youth and students with disabilities, marketing to consumers with disabilities, and contracting with vendors with disabilities through the development and certification of disability-owned businesses. Created four toolkits and associated dissemination, training, and technical assistance to USBLN affiliates to create a strong Youth Programs arm and increase affiliates’ capacity to work with students with disabilities.

    United Cerebral Palsy of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia
    3135 8th St, NE, Washington, DC 20017
    202-269-1500 (voice)

    United Cerebral Palsy of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia operates a prevocational day treatment program for young adults with developmental disabilities.

    VCare, LLC
    8112 Eastern Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20012
    (202) 779-5440 (voice)
    vcareakiridena@gmail.com

    VCare, LLC provides professional and in-home developmental disability training and consulting services in the following areas:

    • Special Education
    • Nursing
    • Transitional Living
    • Employment
    • Recreation

    Webinar Series on Integrated Employment

    Great resources and a picture of the policy around integrated employment are provided through this webinar series. The webinar titles and topics are included below.

    Get the Picture

    • What is life after HS like for students with significant disabilities
    • How many young adults have few options beyond sheltered work?
    • What is sheltered work?
    • What is integrated work?
    • What stands in the way of more integrated settings
    • What do transition personnel need to know about post school environments?

    Get in the Picture

    • Who is working on these issues?
    • What do you need to know about the current and emerging work?

    Change the Picture

    • Where have transition personnel addressed these issues?
    • What have they done?
    • What resources are available?

    What can YOU do?

    The What can YOU do? Campaign for Disability Employment encourages employers to recognize the workplace potential of people with disabilities. The outreach initiative connects people with disabilities, employers, family and educators with resources such as:

    • Downloadable discussion guides
    • Links to job accommodation information
    • Links to job/career training opportunities
    • Links to work experience/leadership programs
    • And much more!

    A Wider Circle
    9159 Brookville Road , Silver Spring, MD 20910
    301-608-3504 (voice) | 301-608-3508 (fax)
    contact@awidercircle.org

    A Wider Circle assists individuals and families in transition by providing:

    • Free enrollment in intensive, multi-session job preparedness, financial planning, stress management, nutrition, and parenting
    • Homegoods to formerly homeless families and veterans
    • Emergency response for new mothers, victims of fires or crime
    • Shelter enhancements (e.g., painting and landscaping)
    • Holiday food baskets and toys

    WorkforceGPS

    WorkforceGPS is designed to address the new demands of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including an increased focus on partnership and cross-agency collaboration, and is designed to make the user experience easy and uncomplicated for the community of public workforce system stakeholders.

    Registered users, including those who provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment, can join Communities of Practice designed for peer-to-peer interaction related to a topic or target population, or Collections that group resources by topic or target population.

    WVSA Arts Connection Washington, DC 20036
    msellers@sjcs.org.

    ART Options is an arts-infused program designed to support the development of vocational, social and life management skills for people with disabilities ages 16 and older in Washington, DC. Consistent with other St. John’s Community Services’ programs, ART Options operates in community settings in which participants enhance their personal and professional skills and prepare for and attain careers in the art field. ART Options focuses on applied, fine arts and digital design instruction, internships and jobs, public programming, museum and gallery visits, and the development of salesmanship and communications skills guided by the participant’s goals. 

    ART Options utilizes the resources of the vast Washington, DC arts community including the Smithsonian Institute, National Gallery of Art, fine and contemporary art studios, and DC Public Libraries. This enables artists with and without disabilities to develop relationships and collaborate on projects in an array of creative and inclusive  environments. Supported by highly trained staff, artists with disabilities will hone their artistic talents, attain marketable skills, strengthen their  self-esteem and prepare for opportunities in the arts community. 


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