UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Vocational (Job) Resources

Employment after Spinal Cord Injury
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care. These concise 4-6 page fact sheets are written for consumers.

Employment and Aging Adults with Disability
Fact Sheet developed by Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC), which does research and training activities to better understand the challenges faced by people aging with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, and spinal cord injury.

What Can You Do?
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

Getting your life back after spinal cord injury: Finding meaning through volunteering, school and work.
This is a five-part forum: a panel discussion of individuals with SCI talking about their experiences getting back to school or work after their spinal cord injuries, plus presentations by four different speakers. This is an educational video program of a forum for persons with SCI and their friends, family members and caregivers. Forums are offered by the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS). Presented on February 12, 2008.

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers
Provides training, information and assistance to families of children with all disabilities ages birth to 26 years and the professionals who work with them.

Disability Resources
This is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
A council composed of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the States, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Our mission is to maintain and enhance a strong, effective and efficient national program of public vocational rehabilitation services that empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into our communities.

Vocational Services
A chapter from the Spinal Cord Injury Patient – Family Teaching Manual published by the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley (RSCICDV) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Spanish

Job Accommodation Network
JAN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. Find a list of vocational rehabilitation offices by state.

National Council on Independent Living
The longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including Centers for Independent Living (CILs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention
Conducts research to find what is most effective for assisting individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. The primary stakeholders for this project are persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on those who are unemployed, underemployed or at risk of losing employment.

America's Heroes at Work (AHAW)
AHAW is a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment challenges of returning Service Members and Veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Designed for employers and the workforce development system, this website is your link to information and tools to help returning Service Members and Veterans living with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace - particularly Service Members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN)
EARN is a free service that connects employers looking for quality employees with skilled job candidates. In addition, EARN assists employers in understanding the practical business reasons for, as well as the practices that facilitate the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. EARN also offers assistance to employment service providers and jobseekers with disabilities. This includes providing jobseekers and service providers with job leads from employers specifically interested in including jobseekers with disabilities in their recruiting efforts. There is a special section for hiring veterans. EARN is an initiative funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) under the Department of Labor (DOL).

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. With the ultimate goal of increasing the number of people with disabilities who work, either as employees or entrepreneurs, ODEP provides policy analysis, technical assistance, development of innovative practices and strategies, and education and outreach to employers, employees and the disability community. Related to these efforts, ODEP also conducts a variety of employment-related programs and initiatives.

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC)
EEOC enforces federal civil rights laws regarding job discrimination. EEOC also provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies. In addition to litigation, the EEOC provides public education on diversity and job discrimination; publications for employers, employees, and agencies; and offers research and statistics in employment and enforcement of nondiscrimination policies.

O*Net
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.