Resources

ARCA – rcaweb.org

The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association is an organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators, and students who are concerned with improving the lives of people with disabilities.

AREA – a-r-e-a.org

The American Rehabilitation Economics Association (AREA) is an association of vocational, economic and life care planning experts who evaluate the impact of injury for the purposes of trial. The association consists of experienced forensic specialists located throughout the United States, Canada and The Virgin Islands.

AWCCA – awcca.org

The purpose and objective of the AWCCA is to promote the welfare of its members by developing close relationships among those engaged in the handling of workers’ compensation claims, to promote cooperation by mutual exchange of experiences and discussions, and to educate its members.

CORE – core-rehab.org

The Council on Rehabilitation Education accredits over 100 graduate programs in Rehabilitation Counselor Education (RCE) and promotes, through accreditation, the effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities by promoting and fostering continuing review and improvement of master’s degree level RCE programs.

CRCC – crccertification.com

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services through its internationally recognized certification program.

CSAVR – rehabnetwork.org

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation serves as an advisory body to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and other federal agencies in the development of policies and administration of programs affecting the lives of persons with disabilities and impacting the national public program of vocational rehabilitation services.

IARP – rehabpro.org

The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals serves a diverse membership practicing in the fields of long-term disability management consulting, case management and managed care, forensics and expert testimony, life care planning, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consulting.

NRA – nationalrehab.org

The National Rehabilitation Association seeks to be the premier organization nationwide connecting thousands of professionals in the area of vocational rehab. They serve their members and provide them with up to date information on advocacy, issues, and networking opportunities.

AccessibleTech.org – accesibletech.org/index.php

Accessible Technology for All: Our mission is to promote full and unrestricted participation in business and society by persons with disabilities through the use of electronic information technology that is universally accessible. Great resources for job seekers and employers.

Advocacy, Inc. – advocacyinc.org/index.cfm

Advocates for people with disabilities to protect and advance the legal, human and service rights of people with disabilities and to inform all individuals of the rights of people with disabilities and to inform and refer individuals to programs and services.

Americans with Disabilities Act – U.S. Department of Justice – ada.gov

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, going to the movies, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the health club, or having the car serviced at a local garage.

Bender Consulting Services – benderconsult.com

The Bender Consulting Services is an agency that contract out with governmental agencies and they recruit and hire people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors of the government, such as USAJOBS.gov or OPM.gov.

BLS – bls.gov

The Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers and provides data on employment, unemployment, pay and benefits, workplace injuries, inflation and prices, regional resources, and more.

The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities – cotwd.org/about_us.html

Through governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting. The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities ensures that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice.

CDC – cdc.gov

The Centers for Disease Control provide information regarding diseases and conditions, healthy living, environmental health, workplace safety and health, life expectancy, injury, violence and safety, and more.

DBTAC Southwest ADA Center – dlrp.org/

The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center is the Southwest’s leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws. The Center is one of the DBTAC National Network of Centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Department of Education. The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center serves a wide range of audiences who are interested in or impacted by these laws, including employers, businesses, government agencies, schools and people with disabilities. Expert staff members are available to provide training and publications and to respond to your inquiries.

Disability.gov – disability.gov

Provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.

DOL – dol.gov

The US Department of Labor oversees career development, training, and labor force participation issues for persons with disabilities.

DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy (Department of Labor) – dol.gov/odep/categories/workforce

A comprehensive strategy of public education, outreach and evidence-based policy research and demonstrations to reach employers, business, and the disability community concerning the most effective ways to tap the underutilized talents of workers with disabilities.

EEOC – eeoc.gov

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces laws prohibiting job discrimination and provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) – askjan.org

The 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.

JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families.

ODEP – dol.gov/odep/

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

OPM – opm.gov

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides Work/Life leadership to the Federal Government by partnering with Federal agencies to help them develop and manage excellent Work/Life programs that meet the needs of the Federal workforce; and providing the policies, guidance, and research tools that form the foundation of these programs. Also, The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. They offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Additionally, hiring people with disabilities into Federal jobs is fast and easy. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process.

OWCP – dol.gov/esa/owcp

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs administers four major disability compensation programs which provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits to certain workers or their dependents who experience work-related injury or occupational disease.

RSA – ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa

The Rehabilitation Services Administration oversees grant programs that help disabled persons obtain employment and live more independently through supports such as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training, and other individualized services.

SSA – ssa.gov

The Social Security Administration’s website provides information regarding disability-related federal benefits programs, including the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI).

TICKET-TO-WORK – yourtickettowork.ssa.gov

The Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency program (Ticket program) was created in 1999 to provide Social Security disability beneficiaries the choices, opportunities, and support needed to become and stay employed, increase their earnings, and eventually leave and remain off benefits by being fully self-supportive. Organizations selected to participate in the Ticket program are required to provide employment support services that afford Ticket Holders the opportunity and support to prepare for, obtain, and retain career ladder jobs that will enable them to leave and remain off of cash benefits.

WorkInTexas.com – workintexas.com

WorkInTexas.com is an organization that assist individuals in the Texas area to locate employment, which is also funded by the State of Texas.

AFFORDABLE COLLEGES – affordablecolleges.com

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in “2011, 11% of all students enrolled in higher education reported having a disability, and this growing number indicates that more students with disabilities are enrolling than ever before. While this is cause for celebration, these students face additional financial challenges in achieving their educational goals.” This website is a really good source for individuals with disabilities to utilize, if interested in returning to higher education.

B.E.S.T. COLLEGE – bestcolleges.com

This organization helps college students find online universities that best meet their needs. The organization focus on distance education because it’s a flexible alternative for parents, low income students, and those working full-time.

DRUGWATCH – drugwatch.com

Drugwatch website provides an overview of health information for individuals to improve their quality of life by learning the “constant new information about research breakthroughs, clinical trials, recalls and warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which consist of making you aware of the risk of certain medications and medical devices, per their website as a reliable source.”

DRUGWATCH – drugwatch.com/drugs-and-devices

This Drugwatch website provides a list of the different drugs, devices or manufacturer’s that maybe on the market but not tested, which most consumers assume that drugs and medical devices are tested before hitting the market, but not always the case, per their website as a reliable source.

HEALTHLINE – healthline.com

Healthline’s website provides a comprehensive overview of health conditions for individuals which are reviewed by trained medical personnel for medical accuracy.

MESOTHELIOMA CANCER HELP – mesotheliomafund.com

The mesothelioma cancer website provides free help to patients and their family members concerning medical treatments, finding the best doctor, travel costs, and understanding their diagnosis. In additional, the website and other printed materials are available, which is what they do best is to provide up to date cutting edge information through their team of experienced patient advocates.

NARIC – naric.com

National Rehabilitation Information Center’s website provides disability and rehabilitation-oriented information through online publications, searchable databases, and timely reference and referral data.

WEBMD – webmd.com

This is an excellent website for information on health, medical conditions, and related health and medical research.