Here are resources to help you get training for a job and find a job.
Statewide Vocational Rehab
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) – MRC is our state’s vocational rehabilitation agency that directly provides, funds, and contracts for a variety of services focused on employment and independence for people with disabilities.
MRC Available Vocational Services
Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit – Adults on the autism spectrum have strengths and abilities that employers are just beginning to understand. We have created this Employment Tool Kit, written directly to adults with autism, to help them research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed by a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum. Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards adults on the spectrum, we know that families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment will also find this resource helpful!
For Job Training, Job Search, and On-The-Job Supports
- Overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Process
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services Information for Parents
- MRC maintains a listing of job search websites
Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development
Resources for Disabled Workers and Employers
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) – Serves Greater Boston area.
Contact Serves Greater Boston area. Contact: Madeline Wenzel, Program Director at 617-399-3241
Riverside Community Care Employment Services – Regional Employment Collaboratives of provider organizations and state agencies working to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Massachusetts Independent Living Centers – Local centers around the state have expertise and experience with employment related issues such as networking, accessible technology, skills training and transportation. Uses a “peer model” approach.
Jobs Without Limits – Specifically for job seekers with disabilities seeking to work and advance their careers in Massachusetts. The employers that post job opportunities on Jobs Without Limits have job openings in Massachusetts and are interested and committed to hiring individuals with disabilities to work for their companies.
Jobs Without Limits was created by and is managed by Work Without Limits, a program of the Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
333 South Street
phone: 508-856-2774 (voice)
Work Without Limits – Provides resources and information on employment for many audiences, including people with disabilities, family members, employment service providers, and employers. This comprehensive website provides resources that help in the job search process, including information on local service providers, transportation assistance, benefits planning and more. Individuals and families can explore job and career options.
Employers can find information they need to hire, train, manage, accommodate and promote people with disabilities within their workforces.
Massachusetts Veterans’ Services: Employment and Training
Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation Resources
Programs to Help Veterans Find Employment
Local Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers
Each One-Stop Career Center has Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) to assist veterans. Find a Massachusetts Career Center near you.
The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20415
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) – JAN has developed a Searchable Online Accommodation Resource for exploring various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings. JAN has also developed a handy Employers’ Practical Guide.
Ideas for Writing an Accommodation Request Letter – Here is a sample accommodation request letter that can be used to ask for reasonable accommodations from an employer.
Pre-offer Disability Related Questions: Dos and Don’ts (MSWord doc) – Job Accommodation Network has put together a list of allowable and not allowable disability related questions under the ADA. On job applications and during job interviews, employers can not ask questions that are closely related to a disability.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ADA Guidelines – Here are guidelines about pre-employment disability related questions and medical exams.
Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act – Job Accommodation Network has put together some common questions about how the ADA protects applicants with disabilities during the pre-employment process.
Finding a Job That is Right for You – Job Accommodation Network has suggestions for looking for jobs that fit, job search help, job interview and resume tips, and post hiring tips.
Accessible Technology in the Workplace – has a mission to promote full and unrestricted participation in business and society by persons with disabilities through the use of electronic information technology that is universally accessible. Check out their discussions and webinars on why it makes good business sense for firms to hire people with disabilities.
Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace (WPAS) – Workplace Personal Assistance Services (WPAS) include work task-related assistance, such as the use of a reader for business documents not otherwise available electronically, a sign language interpreter for company meetings or trainings, and help lifting or reaching work work-related items. WPAS may include personal care-related assistance such as helping an employee to access the restroom, eat or drink at work, or travel for business purposes.
School Days to Pay Days: An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (pdf)
Collaboratively designed by Institute for Community Inclusion and Department of Developmental Services through the Work Without Limits employment initiative, this booklet helps families get started with the school-to-work transition process. Readers can learn about resources, services, and programs available for young adults with intellectual disabilities in Massachusetts; and find inspiration in the many success stories of young adults who have secured fulfilling employment with appropriate supports.
Additional Information at our Job Support Services / Benefit Programs Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet last updated on: 6/19/2017