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For Employers

ABLEDATA: Provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.


ADA: The Americans with Disabilities Act, US Department of Justice, all the information and technical assistance you could want.

American Red Cross: Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable, an excellent Business & Industry Guide to preparation for workplace disasters. http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_606_,00.html#fema

Department of Human Services – Michigan Rehabilitation Services: Employment services and resources for persons with disabilities seeking employment.

EEOC: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For laws and regulations prohibiting job discrimination of all types.

EARN: Employer Assistance & Recruiting network Is a nationwide cost-free referral and technical assistance service for employers. EARN connects employers who have job vacancies to employment service providers who have direct access to job-ready individuals with disabilities. STEP is a member of EARN.


Earnworks: The Business Case – Hear what businesses have to say about the value of employees with disabilities!


Emergency Preparedness Planning: A US Department of Labor article addressihg the needs of employees with disabilities.


Enabling Technologies Lab, Wayne State University: Designing products and services for the workplace that improve everyone’s performance including the development of technologies for individuals with disabilities.

Federal Employment of Persons with Disabilities: To better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities.

GettingHired.com: Provides employers with access to a searchable resume database of job seekers living with disabilities who are qualified and seeking employment.A national network of services providers supplies significant value to employers who are in need of assistance in providing workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities. RightMatch technology searches the entire GettingHired.com database and sends resumes of only those candidates who match the employer’s job requirements.


Hire Disability Solutions: Promotes the employment of people with disabilities by providing information to both them and prospective employers. Is teamed with Monster for job searches.


JAN: the Job Accommodation Network. a free consulting service that
provides information about job accommodations, the ADA,
and the employability of people with disabilities.

Michigan Business Leadership Network: A business-led organization that serves as a resource center for employers who seek to understand, utilize, and benefit from the valuable resources that people with disabilities represent in both the consumer and labor markets.


Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth – Michigan Rehabilitation Services: For assistance with worksite services and hiring persons with disabilities.

National Business and Disability Council: A national corporate, membership resource for hiring, working with, and marketing to people with disabilities.

US Business Leadership Network: An employer-based focus which recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities.

US Department of Labor Compliance Assistance: Helping Workers and Employers Understand Federal Employment Laws and Regulations. A variety of free DOL compliance tools are available to help America’s workers and employers access clear and accurate information — when and where they need it, and in the format that suits them best.


US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy: National leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. Supports the creation of expanded work options and meaningful employment, promotes economic opportunities and independence, encourage self-determination, and supports inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.. Excellent <Business Focus> and <Publications> sections for employers.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): The U.S. Department of Labor provides comprehensive information on the WOTC, including the necessary forms. An employer’s federal income tax liability may be reduced by hiring persons who qualify under the program guidelines.


For Consumers and Care Providers:

ACCESS: A human services organization committed to the development of the Arab American community in all aspects of its economic and cultural life.  ACCESS provides a wide range of social, mental health, educational, artistic, employment, legal and medical services.


ACT: Advocating Change Together: A grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT’s mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles.


ADA – Americans With Disabilities Act :Information and Technical Assistance: Law & Regulations; Design Standards; Technical Assistance Materials; Enforcement


Administration on Developmental Disabilities: The Federal agency responsible for the implementation and administration of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) and the disability provisions of the Help America Vote Act. The ADD ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent services, supports, and other assistance and opportunities that promotes independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion into the community.


Arab American National Museum:The first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. The Museum brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.


TheArcLink: Provides customized, specific information on the various sources of assistance available to individuals with disabilities and their families on a state-by-state basis as well as information on almost 30,000 providers. Michigan not available but other good advocate information is available.

The Arc Michigan:


The Arc of The United States:

The Arc of Western Wayne County:

Autism Society of Michigan: Empowering individuals with autism and their families by offering educational resources and materials, workshops, seminars and other services to assure full participation and self determination in every aspect of life for each individual.


The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: To protect and advance the rights of adults and children with mental disabilities to exercise meaningful life choices and to enjoy the social, recreational, educational, economic, political and cultural benefits of community living.

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons: Provides opportunities with visual disabilites to achieve employability and/or function independently in society.

Center for Self Determination: An interactive working collaboration of individuals and organizations committed to the principles of self-determination to help all persons create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities and pursuing long term relationships and economic futures.

City of Dearborn, Commission on Disability Concerns:

Community Living Services: CLS is a private, not for profit organization that promotes inclusion, full citizenship and a self-determined life for people with developmental disabilities.

ConsumerLink: One of the three Michigan Comprehensive Provider Networks (MCPNs), which provide funding for services for persons with developmental disabilities in Wayne County, Michigan under the direction of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency. Find them and CareLink, a Network for persons with mental illness, at Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.

Department of Human Services: Formerly the Family Independence Agency or FIA. The state’s website for individual and family services, state assistance programs, local office listings, and much more about the Department and its affairs.


Department of Human Services – Michigan Rehabilitation Services: Employment services and resources for persons with disabilities seeking employment.

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority:

Disability Benefits Calculator

How will the earnings from your job affect your benefits? This online benefits planning calculator will help you to know. Also learn how benefits rules might apply to you.


Disability Network/Michigan: Composed of member CILs that are consumer driven, community based, and cross disability organizations that promote independence and self determination for people with disabilities.http://www.dnmichigan.org/default.aspx

Disability Scoop: Source for developmental disability news. Coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, a comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community.


The DRM Regional Resource Directory – Michigan

Tons of links to disability organizations and agencies.

Dream Tours: A guided tour organization which makes vacation opportunities available or people who are developmentally disabled.


EEOC: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Disability Discrimination,For laws and regulations prohibiting job discrimination of all types.

Employment Support for People with Disabilities: The Work Site, Social Security OnLine. Click on <Beneficiaries>

Gateway Community Health: Provides comprehensive, culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to children, adults, seniors and their families that will support recovery, independence, collaboration and empowerment within the home and community.


GettingHired.com: Offers advanced technology infrastructure enabling first-time social networking access to millions of users who are visually, hearing or cognitively impaired.  They are fully able to connect with potential peers and mentors, employers, advocates and service providers who offer niche resources for career advancement and social development. In addition to RightMatch™, where employers and job seekers are paired based on job role requirements and job seeker’s experience and skills, it provides candidates with disabilities unique career-building opportunities.  Internships, tools and services prepare job seekers for the workplace and enable them to effectively present their individual skills and talents to potential employers.  Free tools include a cover letter and resume builder, video interview training, peer mentoring, career compatibility assessment and reporting.


Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC: A full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation. GHA specializes in community rehabilitation improvement, job creation and job site training, employer development, Social Security benefits analysis and work incentives, self-employment feasibility and refinement, management-leadership mentoring, and civic entrepreneurship.


The Guidance Center: Providing a broad range of services that help children, adults and families unlock potential and build better lives. Services spanning treatment, prevention, and growth and prevention are delivered with excellence and professionalism in an atmosphere of caring, hpoe, and respect.


Income Links, LLC: It’s not about jobs, it’s about income….. and self determination. The dynamic duo of Doreen and Darcy travel the country promoting microenterprise with a primary focus on the production of income for those who are very impoverished, including people with disabilities.

Institute for Community Inclusion: Supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community. Committed to developing resources and supports for people with disabilities and their families, fostering interdependence, productivity, and inclusion in school and community settings.

JAN, the Job Accommodation Network: a free consulting service that
provides information about job accommodations, the ADA,
and the employability of people with disabilities.

Jobs.Answers: This is a great guide for all of us looking for job-related tips from choosing the right career to job opportunities to interviewing skills.


Medicaid in Michigan: Michigan Department of Community Health.

Meetup: Helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face. The world will be a better place when everyone has access to a people-powered local Meetup Group. A source of local information for people with disabilities and their families for using natural supports and generic services in their communities, and connecting with others based on shared interests.


Michigan Consumer Evaluation Team (MCET): A state-wide non-profit organization that provides technical and substantive services to support the formal and meaningful involvement of consumers in the evaluation and continuous quality improvement of the management and delivery of supports and services for individuals with disabilities– consumers. “Involvement” of consumers includes compensation for their efforts.


Michigan Department of Community Health: Click on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities – information includes updates on thee Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council. Or click on Recipient Rights, Booklet: Your Rights When Receiving Mental Health Services in Michigan.

Michigan Disability Resources: Devoted to the interests, concerns, and needs of Michigan residents with disabilities. One of every five Michigan residents, about 1.9 million, have a disability. Locate services and programs for people with disabilities offered by the State as well as other sites of interest. Assistance in finding a job, the latest assistive technology, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and more.


The Michigan Loan Funds: Offers loans to persons with disabilities to purchase assistive technology devices and services and to purchase equipment to work from home.


Michigan Partners for Freedom: Provides members with access to the most current information on self-determination and links the partners to information to support the implementation of self-determination in their life or community.


Michigan Protection and Advocacy: Promotes, expands and protects the human and legal rights of people by providing them with information and advocacy.


A guide for persons with disabilities who are in need of useful information and assistance in buying a home. It’s also useful if you have a family-member, friend or other relation with a disability and want to learn more about homeownership.


National Council for Support of Disability Issues: Helping to advance public attitudes, awareness, respect, consideration and the success of people with all types of disabilities.


National Empowerment Center: News and practical information that will help you recover if you have been labeled with a mental illness


Network For Good: Connecting people to charities via the Internet – using the virtual world to deliver real resources to nonprofits and communities. It is an e-philanthropy site where individuals can donate, volunteer and get involved with the issues they care about.

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority: The manager of public mental health and supports in Oakland County. http://www.occmha.org/

Partners In Employment: A self-study course designed to help people with developmental disabilities find meaningful jobs and jumpstart their careers http://mn.gov/web/prod/static/mnddc/live/pipm/employment-ez/


Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC): Enhancong the lives of individuals with disabilities by using cycling for transportation, integrated recreation, fitness, and therapy. PEAC helps individuals with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities reach their cycling goals.


Quality Mall: A place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities.

Real People, Real Jobs: This site highlights the employment successes of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities. http://www.realworkstories.org/

The Red Book: 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.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. Supports promising new ideas that address health and health care problems that intersect with social factors—housing, poverty and inadequate education—and affect society’s most vulnerable people, including low-income children and their families, frail older adults, adults with disabilities, the homeless, those with HIV/AIDS, immigrants and refugees, and those with severe mental illness.


Social Security Online: It’s all here.


Specialized Home Design: Will assist you in any universal and accessible home design situation. We find comprehensive, cost-effective solutions to difficult problems. Located in Sparta, Michigan.


Start-Up USA: Provides technical assistance and disseminates resources nationally to individuals with disabilities interested in pursuing self-employment.


Susan’s Sex Support Site: All things sexual. Information and support for all persons especially those with disabilities.

Synergy Partners, LLC: Synergy Partners is one of three Managed Care Provider Networks for persons with Developmental Disabilities in Wayne County.


Tardive Dyskinesia: All you want to know about Tardive Dyskinesia and more. Comprehensive information about the condtion, treatment, and legal options.


Ticket To Work: Maximus, everything you want to know about the Ticket.

USAJOBS:The Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. Also see Federal Job Net.


For Practitioners

AbilityLinks: AbilityLinks is a consortium of businesses and service providers, primarily in Illinois, committed to increasing employment of people with disabilities by matching qualified individuals with job opportunities and employment programs online. AbilityLinks also organizes educational and awareness events for its members and job seekers.


The American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services (ACCSES): Is a national, nonprofit organization of vocational rehabilitation service and community supports committed to maximizing employment opportunities and independent living for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

CARF: The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The Center for An Accessible Society: A national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through NIDRR-funded research to promote independent living. Keep current with breaking news about disability issues.

The Cerebral Palsy Group:

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities: A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.


Council for Disability Awareness: A non-profit group formed to help the American workforce become aware of the growing instances of disability and its financial consequences. The CDA engages in communications, research and education to provide information and helpful resources to wage earners, their families, the media, employers and others who are concerned about disability and the impact it can have on wage earners and their families.


Diversity World: Great information on disability and employment, job development, self employment, advice for job seekers. Denise Bissonnette. On line newsletter available.

Employment Support for People with Disabilities: The Work Site, Social Security OnLine. Click on <Service Providers>

Enabling Technologies Lab: At Wayne State University. Dedicated to creating, designing, and implementing technologies that will enable people of all capabilities to enhance their innate abilities, both physical and mental with a special emphasis on the development of technologies for individuals with disabilities.,ETL aims to promote independence among those who, without the technology, would be unable to participate in certain activities.


The Gilbert Center: An incubator, research institute, consulting firm, and publishing house working to support and empower the people and organizations who are changing the world for the better. The expertise of the founder, Michael Gilbert, and company lie primarily in the area of communication, whether for internal organizational health and renewal, for successful outreach to members, funders or the public, or for the dramatic opportunities presented by online communication.


Also the source of the Nonprofit Online News. Free weekly edition by email at


Great Lakes ADA and IT Center: Provides technical assistance and training to businesses and people with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). National toll free information line.

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community: Fosters communities that welcome, value, and support the participation and contributions of people of all ages and abilities through research, education, and service.

The Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities: A voluntary association of organizations in the state of Illinois supporting services to persons with developmental disabilities. The Institute seeks to influence public policy development which supports these services and to engage in activities which will improve the quality of programs and services.


MARO: Employment & Training Association. STEP is member organization.

Mental Health Wellness Information Network MH_WIN

Access to this site is limited to authorized staff of Detroit – Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency and authorized providers.


The Michigan ADA Steering Committee: Loads of current information about accessibility, related news, and links. Online newsletter.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services On Line Learning Center: On line learning for the rehabilitation community.

Michigan Relay Center: Offers telephone communication assistance to persons with speech and/or hearing disabilities and those communicating with them.


And helpful tips form the Michigan Community Service Commission on the use of TTYs.


Michigan State University, Office of Rehabilitation & Disability Studies: Preparing professionals to work in partnership with individuals who have disabilities and with employer organizations toward individuals and societal goals.

National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult: Provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system.


National Clearinghouse of Rehabiliation Training Materials (NCRTM): A centralized resource for the development, collection, dissemination, and utilization of training materials for the vocational Rehabiliation profession; a forum for advancing knowledge through applied research and open dialog; and a marketplace for career and staff development.


National Information Center for Independence (NARIC): Provides direct, personal, and high-quality information services to anyone interested in disability and rehabilitation issues,consumers, researchers, family members, health professionals, educators, counselors, students, librarians, and administrators throughout the country.

NISH: A national nonprofit agency whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing Federal contracts through the AbilityOne Program {formerly Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Program} for its network of community-based, nonprofit agencies.


N-TEN Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network: Works to support the diverse people and organizations who help nonprofits understand and employ technology effectively.


SEED, Supported Employment Education Designs: California based Mindy Oppenheim provides top notch instructional design, training and staff development. Mindy provided STEP with training in September 2004 which is still talked about!


Virginia Commonwealth University: Partnerships for People with Disabilities: A university center for excellence in developmental disabilities, explores a wide spectrum of professional services and community interests as it seeks to expand opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

Waisman Center: Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. The center is one of nine national facilities that includes a Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities Research Center and a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Wayne County Probate Court:  Find information about an individual’s guardianship status. Click the Public Access lin and, enter the individual’s guardianship record number.


Wayne RESA: A regional educational service agency that provides a broad spectrum of services and support to Wayne County’s 34 school districts aimed at improving student achievement and maximizing economies of scale in staff development, purchasing, and administrative services.


YAI, National Institute for People.with Disabiities Network: The provision of services, education and training in the field of developmental and learning disabilities.

Other Organizations:

Adult Well Being Services: Through services, family support and advocacy, Adult Well-Being Services promotes the well-being and independence of adults in Southeastern Michigan as they age.


COPE, Ltd. (Community Opportunities for Participation in Enterprise): Located in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, COPE is a social enterprise company that supports adults with disabilities to fulfil their expressed need to participate in productive businesses.


Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit:

Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC: Proponents of self employment. Also home to the SSI Manager, an online tool to manage information about benefits and earnings.

JARC: A Michigan nonprofit, nonsectarian organization serving people with developmental disabilities and their families. Primarily in Oakland County.

Jewish Vocational Services:

UCP: The leading source of information on cerebral palsy. Their mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Thank you to contributors to our Links Page!

Karl Kostrzewa

Services To Enhance Potential is funded in part by the