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The Behavioral Activation Training Toolkit
The Behavioral Activation Training Toolkit (BA-TT) is a web-based, modular, and interactive training program designed to teach employment counselors techniques to help them help their consumers overcome depression-related obstacles to seeking, obtaining, and maintaining employment.
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Employment Stories: Meet Jim and Lee Roy
Part of our video stories library. Meet Lee Roy and Jim...two very different people who share their experiences about finding employment and having a disability.
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Living My Dream
Student, Family, and Teacher Resource for Transition, Publicly Funded Long Term Care, Integrated Employment and Achieving Personal Goals after High School. This manual uses Milwaukee County Wisconsin as an example but many of the ideas and concepts can apply to anyone looking for transition resources.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support Overview
Get a general introduction to Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) - a process that offers strategies for individuals with disabilities to explore their options for employment.
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Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists (CPS)
Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) are persons who have not only lived the experience of mental illness but also have had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health supports for adults
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2008 Virginia Commonwealth University Webcast Series on Employment
Led by professionals in the field, a series of six webcasts explore various challenges to, and approaches for the successful employment of individuals with disabilities.
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Alaska Works Initiative Microenterprise Resource Guide
The Alaska Works Initiative Microenterprise Resource Guide website will assist individuals and agencies interested in starting a Micro Business.
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AllBusiness.com's Bookkeeping Basics
AllBusiness.com is the world's largest online resource for small businesses, providing essential tools and resources to start, grow, and manage your business.
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Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment
If you are seeking a job or are new to the workforce, you should become familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
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Benefits Planning Tool
The State of California had developed a "disability benefit calculators". This calculator can examine different work scenarios and assess potential impact on benefits. A word of caution in using such calculator: they provide basic information and may miss nuances of a particular individual´s situation. They may be helpful in presenting basic information to a member to demonstrates that benefits may not be lost while working.
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Business Owner's Toolkit
A website that provides total know-how for prospective and current small business owners.
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Center for Self-Determination
Primary clearinghouse, training and technical assistance source on Self-Determination in the United States and other countries.
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Chrysalis
Chrysalis provides individualized vocational and work-related services to persons in Dane county who have mental illnesses.
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Cornell University's ILR Employment and Disability Istitute Resource Page
Cornell University's ILR Employment and Disability Institute Resource Page provides a listing of numerous resources for assistive technology, and other disability related issues.
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Customized Employment Frequenty Asked Questions
This resource addresses frequently asked questions about Customized Employment.
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DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center
Provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
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Employer Guide for Successfully Hiring and Supporting Certified Peer Specialists
How to successfully hire and support Certified Peer Specialists.
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Finding a Workplace Personal Assistant (A Fact Sheet by Ed Turner)
A Fact Sheet from Virginia Commonwealth University's Rehabilitation Research Training Center, which provides information on the use of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in the workplace as a reasonable job accommodation.
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Finding the Passion: Person-Centered Approaches in Small Business for Individuals with Significant Disabilities (An Article by Cary Griffin & Dave Hammis)
This article discusses the use of the Person-Centered approach, as well as, knowledge of the current financial market to create small business opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
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Freedom Scientific
Freedom Scientific strives to develop, manufacture, and market technology-based products that provide equal access to information and computing for those with vision impairments or learning disabilities.
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Frequently Asked Questions About One-Stop Career Centers
This resource answers frequently asked questions about one-stop career centers.
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Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC: Self-Employment Services and Resources
Griffin-Hammis Associates offers a significant array of Self-Employment training topics, as well as individualized technical consultation.
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Have a Disability? Want to Work? A Work Incentives Benefits Specialist Can Help
Do you have a disability or know someone with a disability? When a person with a disability is working or thinking about going to work, a Work Incentives Benefits Specialist can help. Work Incentive Benefits Specialists provide benefits advice to help an individual understand the relationship between working and benefits.
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Ideas for Writing an Accommodation Request Letter
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides information on requesting an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and provides a sample accommodation request letter.
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In Control Wisconsin
In Control Wisconsin is working for changes in our state so that citizens with disabilities, of any age or need for support, can self-direct their support.
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Individual Placement and Support FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a supported employment model (developed by Robert Drake and Deborah Becker from Dartmouth College) that gives people with mental illness the help needed to work successfully at competitive jobs. IPS has been extensively researched and is a federally recognized Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) for Persons with Mental Illness. Here are some the frequently asked questions about this employment model.
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Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.
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Job Accomodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
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Job Development FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Job development is identifying, recruiting and maintaining relationships with businesses and other organizations that results in integrated employment for people with disabilities. It is a balancing act that must satisfy the wants and needs of both the employer and job seeker.
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Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc
Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc develops assistive reading technologies for individuals with learning and visual disabilities.
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Lifeline and Link-Up Programs
Lifeline and Link-Up are two Wisconsin Universal Service Fund programs that make essential telecommunications more affordable for low-income households.
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On The Job: Stories From Youth with Disabilities
These six stories feature six amazing youth/adults with significant disabilities who began working in competitive-wage, community-based jobs between the ages of 16 and 18.
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Opening Doors to Employment, Planning For Life After High School
This guide is designed to help students with disabilities take another step in preparing for “life after high school” - employment.
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Research and Training Center (RTC) on Disability in Rural Communities
RTC Rural explores solutions to assist people with disabilities and rural rehabilitation service providers to achieve and maintain employment.
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Seamless Collaboration With and For Students with Disabilities Transitioning to Employment and Adult Life
This guide suggests best practices to assist key stakeholders (students, parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, case managers, etc.) in how to work together in a student’s transition from school to employment and adult life.
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Self-Directed Supports (SDS) Resource eLibrary
An online library of topics and resources related to self-directed supports.
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Self-Employment Business Startup Toolkit
Assisting DVR Consumers to Pursue their Goal of Starting a Business
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Self-Employment Handbook: Options for People with Disabilities
The North Dakota Center for Person's with Disabilities created this handbook in order to support people with disabilities in securing and sustaining competitive employment.
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Self-Employment: FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Get answers for some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about self-employment for people with disabilities.
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Social Security Administration
Government agency responsible for oversight of retirement, survivors, and disability benefits programs.
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Social Security Administration: The Red Book - A Guide to Work Incentives
The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.
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Social Security Administration: The Work Site
Social Security Administration Ticket to Work program and other employment and disability related information and resources.
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Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, & Training (START-UP / USA)
Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, & Training (START-UP / USA) provides technical assistance and disseminates resources nationally to individuals interested in pursuing self-employment.
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Steve's Story: Job Development Services
Meet Steve, a 37 year old single man who worked for many years in construction before experiencing a traumatic brain injury. Learn more about Steve's experience in working with a job developer to reconsider his career options and pursue meaningful employment.
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Steve's Story: Job Search Challenges and Success
Find out about Steve's experience in finding a job while facing challenges with mental illness.
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Supported Employment Frequently Asked Questions
This resource answers frequently asked questions about supported employment.
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Supported Self-Employment Development Workbook 1: Facilitated Exploration
This workbook is the first of two self-employment planning workbooks designed for people with significant disabilities and their planning teams.
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Supported Self-Employment Development Workbook 2: Business Planning
This workbook is the second installment of two self-employment planning workbooks designed for people with significant disabilities and their planning teams.
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Training and Technical Assistance For Providers (T-TAP) Fact Sheet: Assistive Technology as a Workplace Support
A question and answer fact sheet that provides information on the use of assistive technology as a workplace support for individuals with disabilities.
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Training and Technical Assistance For Providers (T-TAP) Fact Sheet: Self-Employment as a Customized Employment Outcome
A question and answer fact sheet that covers issues related to supporting individuals with significant disabilities through the process of starting their own business.
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The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure.
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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB): Assistive Technology Resources
The American Foundation for the Blind website lists assistive technology and accommodation resources for individuals with vision impairment.
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The Career Key
A test that asks you to evaluate value statements and yields 6 basic personality tests. A list of jobs is then matches your assessed personality type.
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Ticket to Work Program
Under the Ticket to Work Program, the Social Security Administration provides disability beneficiaries with a Ticket they may use to obtain the services and jobs they need from organizations called Employment Networks (ENs).
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Transitions from School FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Find out about freqently asked questions about the process of transition from school for students with disabilities.
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United States Equal Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 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.
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U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. SBA is an independent agency of the federal government, created to counsel, aid, assist, and protect the interests of small businesses.
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University of Waterloo Career Placement Manual
A comprehensive series of forms to organize interests, values, skills. Downloadable tools to print out.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Frequently Asked Questions
A related resource addressing frequently asked questions about Vocational Futures Planning.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Flow Chart
Download a flow chart explaining the phases of the VFPS process
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Vocational Futures Planning & Support: Making Employment Happen for People with Disabilities
Hear stories of people with disabilities who explored employment options and achieved results by using the Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) process.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Myths and Misconceptions
Vocational Futures Planning and Support or VFPS offers a framework for planning employment developed for people with significant physical disabilities. Find out some common myths and misconceptions about the VFPS process and working with a disability.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Participant Guide
Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) Participant Guide - a resource for individuals participanting in the VFPS process.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Service Providers
Find a Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) service provider. VFPS is a comprehensive, team-based, participant-directed employment strategy for individuals with physical disabilities.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support Stories: Where Are They Now?
Read about stories of individuals who have participated in the Vocational Futures Planning and Support or VFPS process.
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Vocational Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions
A related resource addressing frequently asked questions about Vocational Rehabilitation.
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The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Resource Center (WIATRC)
The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Resource Center (WIATRC) website provides lots of information on equipment, vendors, and other resources.
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Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.
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Wisconsin CAP Services Virtual Business Incubator
A website designed to help grow the future of small businesses.
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Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.
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Wisconsin Disability Benefits Specialists
Disability benefit specialists (DBS) help answer questions and solve problems related to Social Security, Medicare, health insurance and other public and private benefits for people with disabilities.
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Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
The Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a federal/state program designed to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain, maintain, or improve employment. DVR is Wisconsin's primary provider of employment services to people with disabilities. DVR aims to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, inclusion and integration into society through work.
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Wisconsin Elderly Benefits Specialists
An elderly benefit specialist is a person trained to help older persons who are having a problem with their private or government benefits. They receive ongoing training and are monitored by attorneys knowledgeable in elder law. The attorneys are also available to assist older persons in need of legal representation on benefit matters.
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Wisconsin IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct)
IRIS is a Wisconsin program where you self-direct your publicly funded, community-based, long-term care supports and services. IRIS can help you get the life you want with the support you need. In IRIS you use your own natural supports and creativity with your budget to achieve your hopes and dreams.
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Wisconsin Lions Foundation Hearing Aid Project
The Wisconsin Lions Foundation Hearing Aid Project is dedicated to providing help to the residents of Wisconsin that have impaired hearing, but cannot afford to purchase hearing aids.
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Wisconsin Technical Colleges Disability Resources
Excellent list of resources and information for individuals entering Wisconsin's Technical College system or seeking post-secondary education information.
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Wisconsin Telework Loan Program
The Wisconsin Telework Loan Program is a statewide, alternative loan program that allows Wisconsin residents with disabilities to purchase computers and other equipment needed to work from home or from other remote sites away from the office, such as work on the road or at a telework center.
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Wisconsin Work Incentives Benefits Specialists
A Work Incentives Benefits Specialist provides information needed for making informed decisions about work.
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Wisconsin's Family Care Program
Family Care is a comprehensive and flexible long-term care service system, which strives to foster people's independence and quality of life, while recognizing the need for interdependence and support.
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Wisconsin's Self-Employment Network
Wisconsin’s Network on Business Ownership for People with Disabilities
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Wisconsin's WORKnet Business Tools
Wisconsin's WORKnet Business Tools provides information on how to start, expand, relocate, or close a business in Wisconsin.
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The WisLoan Program
The WisLoan program offers loans for assistive technology. The loans help people buy equipment such as hearing aids, modified vehicles, wheelchairs and ramps.
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Wisconsin's Assistive Technology Program (WisTech)
WisTech is Wisconsin's assistive technology program funded under the AT Act of 1998. WisTech provides information on selecting, funding, installing and using assistive technology.
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Work Incentives Benefits Counseling Frequently Asked Questions
A related resource addressing frequently asked questions about work incentives benefits counseling.
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Work Preference Inventory
Work Preference Inventory: A 24 item inventory that helps users identify their preferred work style. The inventory is scored and printed.
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Workplace Supports and Job Retention
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention: A guide to Personal Assistance in the Workplace.
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