Thursday, April 15, 2010

Government Websites: Information & Resources about Disability Issues

Continuing our series about online resources for issues related to disabilities, we profile three government sites that provide valuable information for employers and for job seekers.

Ability One: The AbilityOne Program's mission is to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities in the manufacture and delivery of products and services to the federal government. The program coordinates its activities with nonprofit organizations across the country to employ these individuals and provide goods and services to the federal government at a fair price. AtWork! is an Ability One contracted agency. We hold contracts with the Federal Government to do landscaping and grounds maintenance at the Ft. Lawton Cemetery and at the VA Hospital, both in Seattle, under the Ability One program. We also qualify under the Ability One program to provide document management services.
Disability Gov is a website set up by the Federal Government to connect the disability community to information and opportunities. The site is organized by topic: benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation. The Employment section offers job seekers, employers, and employees practical information about finding a job, recruiting and hiring people with disabilities, and job accommodations. It also offers resources on starting a small business and laws and regulations that protect the employment rights of people with disabilities. And family members and teenagers with disabilities can find information on mentoring programs and job training services.
King County Developmental Disabilities Division: The division provides a full range of services and supports that enhance the lives of King County citizens with developmental disabilities and their families. “We help individuals and families with infants and toddlers who have a developmental disability lead full, active, integrated, and productive lives in their communities.” This includes help with early childhood development, school readiness, access to community activities, employment, retirement, housing, and advocacy. The website is a gold mine of resources for families, providers and others who work with individuals with disabilities in King County, Washington.

Read our April 20th blog for some fun Twitter accounts to follow.

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