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Diversifying Your Workforce: A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities (2009)
To meet the need for a comprehensive, portable, and easy to understand guide for employers who want to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities, the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released its new guide, covering topics such as Incentives & Return on Investment (ROI), Recruiting, Interviewing & Hiring, Achieving Workplace Success, Retaining Valued Employees, and more. It also provides links and lists other resources. The on-line version of “Diversifying Your Workforce: A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring & Retaining Employees with Disabilities” is available in pdf (11 pages, 901 KB).

Employer’s Guide to Hidden Disabilities (2003)
This guide provides information on hidden disabilities, the hiring process, management and supervision, accommodations, real-life stories, and helpful resources.

High School/High Tech Program Manual (2007)
This manual provides a basis for building collaborations that assist young people preparing for jobs in technology-related occupations.

U.S. Business Leadership Network Toolkits on Engagement of Students with Disabilities (2011)
Through its TOWER initiative, the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) has published three toolkits to assist BLN affiliates and employer members to engage students with disabilities. These toolkits are designed to expand mentoring and internship opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. Each toolkit provides different avenues for engaging with students with disabilities through internship and mentoring programs, as well as student advisory councils. The toolkits are: “Guide to Business-Branded Internships,” “Guide to Business-Branded Mentoring,” and “Guide to Creating Student Advisory Councils.”

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CareerOneStop is a publicly funded resource for jobseekers and businesses. This site offers job seekers access to job opportunities and employers access to skilled job seekers. The site also provides information about local public workforce services, alternative career paths, comparative salary data for different occupations, career growth opportunities, resume writing tips, and job interview strategies, among other career related topics.

Jobs for the Future
A national non-profit organization that conducts research, provides technical assistance, and proposes policy innovation on interrelated work and learning.

National Association of Workforce Boards
A national association that represents business-led workforce boards that plan and oversee state and local workforce development and job training.

National Chamber of Commerce
This site offers workforce information in communities across the country.

TransCen, Inc.
TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Our work is driven by the belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, or other barriers to employment, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance. Our associates develop, implement, and research innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.


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