Federal Hiring Programs for Persons with Disabilities
If you are seeking assistance in finding work and are disabled, there are several Federal organizations which provide access to information, services and other resources related to equal opportunity employment for individuals with disabilities.
Disability.gov is the Federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies, including resources on employment.
Administered by the Social Security Administration, the Ticket to Work Program helps disabled Americans explore work options, including work-related services, vocational rehabilitation and more, without immediately losing their benefits while looking for or securing work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries receive a "Ticket" to obtain these services.
If you are a Veteran, the Department of Veterans Affair's Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service is a good resource to access. This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and maintain suitable employment.
The NCD is an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies of the policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD provides guidance to all areas that impact equal opportunity employment for disabled Americans.
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 and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO), the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource for Federal agencies and private businesses nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of fields.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities. If you are seeking more information on the laws governing employment for those with disabilities, visit here.
The Disability Resource Center supports the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in the employment, advancement, and retention of people with disabilities. Information on employment and other job-related resources are availed for those working in or seeing employment with the DOT.