TRIAD Americorps Resources
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The Accessible Employment website provides job searches, resume postings, information on disability awareness, and more.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)
COSD’s mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities on a national basis. The COSD website provides background information on COSD and the work of COSD in assisting college students and recent graduates with disabilities in career development and attaining a career of their choice. Other sections describe the products and services COSD offers to higher education institutions, employers and, college students and recent graduates with disabilities.
This site provides a job search for people with disabilities as well as other career resources. Individuals can register their resume and profile and search jobs by type and location.
Job Accommodation Network
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.
Take a Q: Employer Interview Tips
When interviewing a candidate with a disability, some employers find themselves nervous about how to appropriately interact or uncertain about what they can and cannot ask. AskEARN now provides guidance on navigating the interview process with candidates with disabilities.
The National Business and Disability Council (NBDC)
The NBDC is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace. Specifically, information is offered regarding resumes, jobs, career events, and internships.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Integrated Employment Toolkit
ODEP has developed this Integrated Employment Toolkit to provide information as individuals, community employment agencies, policymakers, and others pursue integrated employment as the desired employment goal for youth and adults with disabilities. The Toolkit includes practical and, in some cases, adaptable information and documents to facilitate the movement of states, organizations, and youth and adults to integrated employment as their primary option for employment.
U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recognizes the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce. It provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
This site helps individuals with or without disabilities better understand how to hire and retain people with disabilities. Specifically, it helps users understand federal disability hiring programs, learn about gaining access to reasonable accommodation in the Federal work place when appropriate, and various other resources related to the employment of people with disabilities.
Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Centers
WIN Job Centers in Mississippi assist people of all ages in locating and preparing for employment opportunities.
HEALTH AND HEALTHY LIVING
Being a Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for your Health and Health Care
This free resource provides an overview of health and health advocacy. It includes topics such as communicating, asking questions, and making healthy lifestyle choices, as well as learning activities for the reader. The booklet can be downloaded from the website.
Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE)
CAPE explores fundamental issues of abuse, best-practices training approaches, and stories of people with disabilities confronting and resisting abuse. It also provides learning tools including stories, movies, comic book scenes, quizzes, and games.
Does it Run In the Family
This advocacy health tool helps create personalized booklets to start conversations about family health history. Through these customized booklets, information is provided about individual’s risks’ for specific diseases, as well as information to help healthcare providers diagnose conditions.
Healthcare Transition Training
This site provides health-related training, resources, and information for those who are transitioning to various life stages such as from high school to college and/or work.
Kids as Self Advocates (KASA)
KASA models leadership and the power of self-advocacy. They are active in schools, communities, families, and places of employment. On their website, they provide real life stories told by youth and young adults with disabilities, as well as links to other organizations and agencies that can provide information about health. Stories include surviving a doctor’s appointment, keeping a health diary, switching to an adult doctor, and more.
Kids Health-For Teens Section
The teen health section of Kids Health.org provides information on health related issues for teens and young adults.
HealthVault is a trusted place for people to organize, store, and share health information online. It allows individuals to access important health information about their family, track prescriptions, manage chronic conditions and lab tests, as well as the option to connect with a health provider. Individuals can decide what information goes into their vault and can control who is able to see and use that information.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability provides information and resources to assist individuals with and without disabilities in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Students Living with a Genetic Condition: A Guide for Parents (2010) (Parent Guide) Developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), this guide provides information that may be helpful when writing a letter to or preparing to meet with a student’s teacher, school nurse, and physical education teacher or coach. It may also be a useful resource for bus drivers, babysitters, church leaders, or any other potential caregiver of a child with a disability.
Academics, Campus life, Community involvement, Employment opportunities, Socialization, Self-Awareness (ACCESS) at Mississippi State University (MSU)
The MSU ACCESS program is an inclusive and comprehensive plan to promote the successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities into higher education. The MSU ACCESS program serves students by providing individual support and services for the academic and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the institution of higher education’s regular postsecondary programming. It is the first postsecondary program in the state of Mississippi for students with intellectual disabilities.
College Goal Sunday
College Goal Sunday is a statewide volunteer program that provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for post secondary education. College Goal Sunday brings together financial aid professionals from colleges and universities along with other volunteers to help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Additional information on specific dates, times, and locations can be found on the website.
College Navigator is a free information tool on nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States.
Going to College
Going-to-College contains information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
NCSET, located at University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities. A variety of resources are available to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
Q and A: Questions and Answers on Secondary Transition
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has issued this new document which includes updated guidance on identifying postsecondary goals in training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living.
Rise Up: Mississippi Postsecondary Website
Rise Up has tips and tools needed to prepare and plan for college. The website helps users research public university, private college and community college options in Mississippi and choose the one that is right for them. It also provides information on financial aid, scholarships, and careers.
Think college.net has information and links for youth with disabilities interested in learning more about attending college.
Think College Island
Think College Island is a place for middle school students to start thinking about and planning for college. The site offers interactive resources where students can learn time management skills, improve study skills and organization, and find out their learning type.
TurboTax Recent College Guides TurboTax provide several resources for student entering higher education. Information is available on deductions, tax credits, the IRS Tuition Statement and how to claim Pell Grant on your taxes.
We Connect Now
This website was created to serve college students with disabilities. It was developed in an effort to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues. It has been used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges, universities, and groups serving people with disabilities in 50 states and at least nine foreign countries.
Technology Learning Center (TLC)
The TLC through the University of Southern Mississippi includes a range of programs that include evaluation, consultation and training in use of assistive technology to enhance education and participation. TLC’s programs are designed to improve learning and living for people with disabilities of all ages. Improved quality of life is the fundamental goal of all programs at TLC and the Institute for Disability Studies. TLC offers various adapted recreational programs and equipment lending for fishing, tennis, golf, bowling, basketball, pottery, kayaking, table tennis, and swimming.
The Family Village
The Family Village connects to a global community of disability-related resources including an extensive listing of recreational and leisure resources.
The National Arts and Disability Center
The National Arts and Disability Center assists youth and others with disabilities interested in the arts find information on how to connect with the larger art community. Information is aimed at artists with disabilities, arts organizations, museums, arts administrators, disability organizations and agencies, performing arts organizations, art centers, universities, arts educators, and students.
The official website of AmeriCorps provides information on volunteering with communities across the country while receiving benefits such as money for college.
The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that was formed to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet community needs. Each year, more than 1.5 million individuals help meet local needs through a wide array of service opportunities. These include projects in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other critical areas through the Corporation’s programs.
The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) seeks to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. MCVS coordinates Learn & Serve America programs with the Mississippi Department of Education and coordinates VISTA and National Senior Service Corps programs with the Mississippi Office of the Corporation for National Service. Disability inclusion information is available for all national service programs.
The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP)
The National Service Inclusion Project works to ensure meaningful service experiences for people with disabilities who are interested in volunteering with various programs. Additionally, training and technical assistance on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as active participants in national service programs is also provided.
e-Buddies is an email friendship program for people with and without cognitive disabilities (age 12 & up). e-Buddies is an e-mail pen pal program that pairs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one e-mail friendships with peer volunteers who do not have intellectual or developmental disabilities. People are matched on age, gender, and common interests. The site is free for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and anyone under the age of 18.
Guideposts for Success for Youth
Guideposts for Success assists youth with disabilities in developing individualized plans for education and employment and service strategies as required by the Workforce Investment Act.
National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
NYLN is a youth-led organization. They work to build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16- 28 years old. The NYLN promotes youth leadership development, values inclusion, interdependent support systems, and disability pride, works to create access to the resources youth need to be leaders, supports work being done by youth activists with disabilities on the local level, trains youth with disabilities, and connects youth leaders with opportunities to serve and be active members of their communities.
Software Resources and Advice
This web page is designed to be a resource listing of free or inexpensive assistive technology resources.
STEP UP to Leadership Notes
STEP UP notes is an e-newsletter for youth and young adults with disabilities. It includes information on leadership, self-advocacy, transition, healthcare, education, career and job opportunities, and recreational activities.
The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping young people become ready by age 21 for college, work, and life. This organization provides youth with information, technical assistance, training, network support, and partnership opportunities needed to increase the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement.
Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for individuals with disabilities.
Youth Transition Toolkit: A Guide for Young People with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood
Developed in partnership with young people, the toolkit is designed as a how-to guide for young people with disabilities on preparing for transition to adulthood and making choices about their own health care, education, employment, finances, independent living, and social and recreational activities.
Youthhood assists youth as they explore their community and build a future. Resources and information are provided to help plan for college, work, and future aspirations.