Employment & Independent Living Resources

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Texas Project FIRST (Region 9 ESC) resources related to Employment & Independent Living:


Texas Education Agency resources related to Employment and Independent Living for individuals with disabilities:





AbilityLinks - This is a nationwide, web-based community where qualified job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities. Employers post jobs and search resumes on AbilityLinks to identify qualified job seekers with disabilities. Job seekers with disabilities can apply for jobs and post resumes.

AbilityOne - The AbilityOne Program is a Federal initiative to help people who are blind or have other significant disabilities find employment by working within a national network of over 600 Nonprofit Agencies that sell products and services to the U.S. government. 

Able Force - This is a non-profit AbilityOne provider that promotes, enhances and facilitates the employment of persons with disabilities. Through the recruitment and screening of prospective employees, Able Force offers a nationwide network of workers with a multitude of skills and qualification, capable of meeting a wide range of project requirements.

American Association of Persons with Disabilities - AAPD is a disability rights organization that promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

ARCIL, Inc. - ARCIL, Inc. of Austin, Texas provides independent living services to persons with disabilities, their families and communities throughout Travis and surrounding counties. “Browse ARCIL's website to find out more information about activities, services, mission, locations and other local, state and national resources available for persons with disabilities, family members, professionals or anybody interested in the independent living movement.”

Association of People Supporting Employment First - APSE is a national non-profit membership organization that focuses exclusively on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - Features the Career Gateway, a free nationwide online job posting and college student resume database system.

Career & Technical Special Populations (Texas A&M Agrilife Extension) - CTSP provides access to career and technical education (CTE) and special populations-related multimedia information to teachers, parents, and education professionals throughout Texas.

Center for Parent Information & Resources - See Employment Connections  and Independent Living Connections.


Client Assistance Program (CAP) in Texas - The Client Assistance Program (CAP) has been established by the Rehabilitation Act to provide assistance to people applying for and receiving vocational rehabilitation services or independent living services.

In Texas, CAP is administered by Disability Rights Texas.

Coalition for Barrier Free Living - This is the website for the Coalition for Barrier Free Living, which includes the Houston, Brazoria County and Fort Bend Centers for Independent Living. Their mission is to “promote the full inclusion, equal opportunity and participation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of community life.” See Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) and MyHome MyChoice.

College & Career Readiness & Success Center (American Institutes for Research) - Improving College & Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities (pdf)

Disability.gov - Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. See Disability.gov’s Guide to Employment and Guide to Housing.

DisAbilityOnline - This is the Employment & Training Administration's Disabilities Program home page. It includes information on work and employment incentive grants as well as the Ticket To Work program.


Disability Employment Initiative -  This site provides tools and resources to all key stakeholders to provide effective and meaningful participation of individuals with disabilities within the workforce system.

Disability Employment Publications - The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) offers free disability employment guides for employers and job-seekers. Also available are free PSAs (in DVD format) and four-color posters created as part of the “What Can You Do” Campaign for Disability Employment.


Disability Rights Texas – See their Employment Resources and Community Living Resources.


Easter Seals Central Texas -  Their Community and Housing Services program provides support for people with disabilities and their families, including home purchases, residential accessibility, rental assistance, assistive technology, and advocacy. 


Easter Seals Greater Houston – Through the Home of Your Own Program, Easter Seals helps people with disabilities who are low to moderate income and first-time homebuyers.

Employability Skills 2000 - Critical skills needed in the workplace.

Employment First (Texas Health & Human Services) - Learn how DADS Vocational Services can help you 1) find and apply for a job, 2) retain your job and learn new skills, 3) earn a paycheck and learn money management, and 4) gain independence, social connections and confidence.

Enable America - A nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing employment among the 56 million Americans with disabilities.

Entry Point! - This is the web site for Entry Point!, “a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science.”

GreatSchools.org - Getting a Job, Getting a Life: The Workplace and Young People with LD  http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/health/917-prepare-for-success-in-workplace.gs 

Global Applied Disability and Information Network on Employment and Training - GLADNET “brings together research centers, universities, enterprises, government departments, and other groups together for the promotion of research as well as the collection, analysis and exchange of information concerning people with disabilities and work.”

Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC - Griffin-Hammis is a full-service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The website contains online training resources pertaining to self-employment, customized employment, and social security work incentives.

HCBS Clearinghouse - The Home & Community Based Clearinghouse promotes the development and expansion of home and community-based services with this online library of resources and tools for research, policy making and program development.

ILRU: Independent Living Research Utilization - ILRU is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living sponsored by TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research). The website features publications, training modalities, and other resources, including an international directory of independent living centers.

Incight - Incight’s “Resources for Self-Empowerment” website includes information for job seekers, including job postings and articles for anyone wanting to become a more competitive job applicant. The Incight Education Programs page has links to Incight’s scholarship and education resources.

Independent Living Institute - This is the web site of the ILI, which “offers resources for people with extensive disabilities and develops consumer driven policies for self-determination, self-respect and dignity.” It includes a database of articles and resources; a Personal Assistant Referral Database; and other web links.

Job Accommodation Network - The home page of JAN, a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.

Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center - The KTER Center works to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities by conducting research studies and disseminating information on evidence-based employment practices.


Linking Employment Abilities and Potential (LEAP) – Innovative Independent Living Project manual to guide people to set up independent living solutions.


National Business & Disability Council -  NBDC at The Viscardi Center offers job seekers with disabilities the opportunity to search their database for current job postings.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth - NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils and other workforce development system youth programs. This web site features a large number of resources pertaining to career planning, job skills development and employment for adolescents and young adults with disabilities. See The 411 on Disability Disclosure.

National Council on Independent Living - “As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.” NCIL’s Advocacy Monitor keeps advocates abreast of current news and policy issues that impact the lives of persons with disabilities.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research - The NIDRR’s purpose is to “conduct comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize full inclusion, social integration, employment, and independent living of disabled individuals of all ages.”

Office of Disability Employment Policy - ODEP (a division of the U.S. Dept. of Labor) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities. The website features a scroll-down list which links to a wide range of disability employment policy resources by topic. It also links to ODEP’s four research and technical assistance resources: Job Accommodation Network (JAN)LEAD CenterHealthCare.gov; and Cuidadodesalud.gov.

PACER National Parent Center on Transition and Employment - PACER provides information, resources, and technical assistance to parents of young adults, 14 through 21, with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Their transition and employment website features excellent Independent & Community Living and Employment resources

Person Directed Planning Guidelines (PDF) - This document is a resource from Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services. The document provides direction to individuals, families, professionals, providers, and local authorities in developing a person directed plan with emphasis on self-determination and the achievement of personal outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving community services and supports.

Proyecto Vision - A project of the World Institute on Disability, Proyecto Visión released this in-depth analysis of the challenges Latinos with disabilities face in the U.S. job market: Latinos with Disabilities in the US – English (PDF) / Latinos con Discapacidades en Estados Unidos – Español (PDF).

Research and Training Center on Independent Living (University of Kansas) - The RTC/IL conducts research that can be used to enhance Independent Living (IL) for people with disabilities. The web site provides links IL to resources and highlights RTC/IL projects, which cover a range of issues – including vocational rehab, transportation, housing, emergency preparedness, and access to healthcare – that influence community living for people with disabilities.

Rural Institute of Montana Transition and Employment Projects - This website provides information on customized employment, Social Security work incentive programs, self-employment, and other employment topics. Resources include The Work Experience Guide: How to Create a Work Experience Program at Your School and Emerging Leader Stories about young adults with developmental disabilities living, learning, working and actively participating in their communities.

Social Security Administration - Information on the Ticket to Work program, which helps Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, save more money, and become financially independent, all while they keep their health coverage.

Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living - TACIL is a membership organization committed to promoting dignity, equality, inclusion and independence for all Texans with disabilities. The website includes a directory of Independent Living Centers across the state.


Texas Health & Human Services Independent Living (IL) Services help people with disabilities achieve greater independence in the home and community.  Use the directory on this site to find location and contact information for centers for independent living that provide IL services to eligible Texans with disabilities.


Texas State Independent Living Council - From the SILC home page, you can download a copy of the Texas State Plan for Independent Living.


Texas Workforce Commission - Here you can find information about TWC vocational rehabilitation services for people with physical or cognitive disabilities, which include:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services for adults with disabilities to help prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in employment.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services for youth and students with disabilities to help prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services for people with visual impairments, including the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center.

Click here to find Texas Workforce Solutions offices and services in your area.


Training Resources Network - This is the home page of Training Resources Network, which offers online presentations, web courses, and downloadable materials covering a range of employments issues, including job coaching and workplace supports, supported employment, person-centered planning, and self- determination.

Understood - Leaving High School (transition resources for students with learning and attention issues).

U.S. Department of Labor/ Office of Disability Employment Policy - Disability employment policy resources by topic, including information on the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP), Employment First and Customized Employment.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - The website of the EEOC, which is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (WorkSupport.com) - The RRTC research team is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities. The web site includes an extensive listing of resources related to employment and job retention for individuals with disabilities.

We Connect NOW - Website dedicated to connecting college students with disabilities in access to higher education and employment issues.


Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) - The WINTAC is a national center that is funded to provide training and technical assistance (TA) to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) and related agencies and rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Workforce Recruitment Program - The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. This program is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO).

World Institute on Disability - To address the disproportionate poverty that people with disabilities experience, WID’s Center on Economic Growth is committed to building better economic outcomes through benefits reform, increased employment, and financial planning opportunities.


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