Real wages for real work in the real world 
Just about says it all….


Visit the Association of Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) for great information about supported employment, benefit information and guides, and training opportunities.

Employment Support Institute

A Virginia-based supported employment web site.  Great information about all kinds of things, including where you can get WorkWorld software for providers who want to track employment outcomes.

ICON Community Services

One of Virginia's best providers of supported employment services and other supports, ICON publishes data on a regular basis about its outcome performance.  Consider this: most providers in Virginia don't (most provide process data which tells you how busy they have been, but little about the results of the effort).

The Initiative

Very few people in the country have more to offer in the way of employment for people with disabilities than the good folks at The Initiative.  Check out their great site.

Making the Road by Taking It  - Publication by The Rural Institute

Cary Griffin, of the Rural Institute, has compiled a helpful booklet for anyone who experiences disabilities and wants to start their own business.  You can read about it by clicking above, or order a copy by sending $10 to The Rural Institute, 52 Corbin Hall, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812.  Ask for their full list of resources on self-employment.

Marc Gold and Associates

Marc Gold & Associates consists of a network of consultants that provide training and technical assistance to systems, agencies, and families interested in ensuring the complete community participation of people with significant disabilities.

National Center on Workforce and Disability

The National Center is based on the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Funded by the US Departmenht of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, this site contains helpful information for people who experience psychiatric disabilities and are seeking work.

PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)

The mission of the PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.  A great source of information about topics ranging from parent advocacy to employment strategies.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

The RRTC's "Project Techlink" links educators, consumers and parents to transition best practices through computer technology.  Visit the Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC site.  It's a great site with helpful resources about a variety of employment related issues.

Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

Check out this web site from the folks at the Rural Institute for some great ideas about self-employment and some great tools for making your dream a reality.

Self-Employment Project of the University of Alaska

If you're interested in self-employment, check out this great web site from the Center for Human Development at the University of Alaska.

Social Security--Working And Benefits

"If you are receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, but still want to work, this on-line booklet provides information to help you treat your disability as a "bridge," not the end of the road…"  Check out this web site for helpful information from the Social Security Administration.  Maintaining benefits should not  prevent anyone from seeking real work for real wages in the real world.

Training Resource Network, Inc.

Check out TRN's resource catalogue for topics ranging from self-determination, supported employment and person-centered planning.

Transition to Adult Life Resources

Links to a variety of sites and resources focusing on the area of transition to adult life.

Work Support

Information on everything from the ADA to social security.  Also a great source of help regarding various workplace accommodations that will truly make a difference.


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