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EMPLOYMENT

Assistive Technology for Employers and Businesses Web Portal Released by RESNA Catalyst Project

The Assistive Technology for Employers and Businesses Web Portal features information on AT solutions in the workplace, finding help to access AT through the AT Act Entities, a consultant data base directory of RESNA Professionals and the services and expertise each offers to: employers, publications on AT and Employment, various resources for employers to explore, and the partners who have worked with the RESNA Catalyst Project to create the Portal. The partners include the United States Business Leadership Network, Job Accommodation Network, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Southeast TACE, and the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.

 

Disaboom Jobs 

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.

 

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.

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 Health-For Teens Section

The teen health section of Kids Health.org provides information on health related issues for teens and young adults. 

 

Microsoft HealthVault  

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. 

 

 

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

 

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

College Navigator is a free information tool on nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States. 

 

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. 

 

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

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. 

 

 

RECREATION

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. 

 

Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE)

MACE assists individuals with Spinal cord injuries (SCI) reach their maximum level of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual function through fitness and sports. 

 

 

SERVICE

AmeriCorps

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.

 

Volunteer Mississippi

Volunteer Mississippi 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.

 

 

 

TRANSITION

e-Buddies

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.

 

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

Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for individuals with disabilities. 

 

Youthhood

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.  

 

 

BULLYING

Stop Bullying

This website defines bullying, the role kids plays in bullying, and ways to prevent bullying. It also offers risk factors and ways to respond to bullying.

 

Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs

This site provides a detailed description of why children with disabilities have a higher risk of getting bullied. It provides ways to create a safe environment for those with disabilities and special health needs, while explaining the federal civil rights laws for the victim.

 

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities 

The Top 10 facts parents, educators and students need to know about bullying are presented at this site.

 

Federal Laws

At present, no federal law directly addresses bullying. In some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment which is covered under federal civil rights laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). No matter what label is used (e.g., bullying, hazing, teasing), schools are obligated by these laws to address certain conduct.

 

Stories

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center lists stories from individuals about bullying. You can submit a video, story, poem, artwork, or audio clip expressing how you feel about bullying, how you think it affects students and schools, what you have done to prevent bullying, or what others can do to prevent bullying.

 

Teaching Kids About Bullying

Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around, still, bullying rarely takes place without an audience - kids are around to see bullying 85 percent of the time. Most kids don’t want to watch bullying, and don’t want it to happen at all. But many kids don’t know how to do this and worry that by stepping in they might become the next victim. These worries, and witnessing verbal and physical abuse, take a toll on bystanders. The website has information and lesson plans adults can use to teach kids about bullying.

 

Stop Bullying—Resources

Get tips, facts, toolkits, training materials, and more by entering a topic related to bullying. This inventory includes federal and non-federal training materials, evidence-based program directories, articles, and other resources that you may find helpful in addressing the problem of bullying. Inclusion of non-federal resources in this directory does not imply any endorsement or promotion of the materials.

 

The Bully Project

The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film BULLY. Their goal is to reach 10 million kids or more, causing a tipping point that ends bullying in America. They provide free resources for educators, parents, and students. You can also find resources for how to host a screening of the film in your school or community.

 

NO BULL Challenge

NO BULL's annual campaign, national education conference, video-rich education resources, global video contest, and awards show impacts millions of teens every year by spreading awareness about anti-bullying and digital responsibility through the creation of short film and public service announcements as a platform for change.

 

Not In Our Town / School

On NIOT.org, you will find over 100+ short films to view and discuss with your community, more than 50 school films with accompanying lesson plans and activity guides, and sample materials from towns who have stood up-and worked to prevent hate and intolerance. Special collections include what to do when a hate group comes to town, how to address hate on your campus, and how to start an anti-bullying campaign.