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DC Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota AVE NE, Washington, DC 20019
202-724-7000 (voice)

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.

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

ADDitude Magazine

ADDitude Magazine provides readers with information about:

  • Adult ADHD
  • Parenting ADHD children
  • ADHD treatment
  • School & learning disabilities
  • ADHD symptoms & diagnosis
  • Finding resources

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 the District of Columbia - Beyond High School: Navigating the Future
415 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-636-2950 (voice)

Our project, funded by a 1-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, will serve 30+ transitioning youth and their families during the '10-'11 school year, with hopes of securing funding to continue the project. Together with our partners, DC Public Schools and Developmental Disabilities Services, we will identify students and families who need assistance planning for their futures and navigating government systems and the many services available to them.

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

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.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1825 K St, NW, Suite 1103, Washington, DC 20006
202-454-6400 (voice) | 202-454-6401 (fax)

Helps the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss, enabling them to remain independent, active, and productive. Programs and services include training and consultation in assistive technology, employment marketing skills training, career placement services, comprehensive low-vision care, and a wide range of counseling and rehabilitation services.

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.

Flame Financial Limited

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

  • Business Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Contract Implementation
  • Project Management

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.

JAN E-News

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

The Kingsbury Center
5000 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-722-5555 (voice)

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.

Linden Resources
2013 H ST NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 542-4441 (voice)

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.

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

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..

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.

New View, LLC
966 Hungerford Dr, Suite 7, Rockville, MD 20850
240-535-4036 (voice)

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)

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.


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.

Project Search

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

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.

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.

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

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!

WVSA Arts Connection Washington, DC 20036

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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