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Building a stronger and more inclusive workforce.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?"

To help strengthen the workforce, many organizations offer resources for jobseekers with disabilities, including the following:

* Disability.gov, the federal government's Web portal for disability programs and services, has employment resources for jobseekers and workers. Jobseekers can use a search engine to find resources by location and click other links on the webpage to access information about job accommodations, government grants, and more. For more information, visit www.disability.gov/employment.

* Ticket to Work, a career development program within the Social Security Administration, partners Social Security recipients ages 18 to 64 with an employment network for career counseling, job placement, and support services. For more information, visit www.choosework.net or call toll free, 1 (866) 968-7842 or 1 (866) 833-2967 (TTY/ TDD).

* Advocacy organization Autism Speaks provides 1-year internships for high school students with autism through Project SEARCH. Interns work in businesses to gain independence and marketable job skills. For more information about Project SEARCH and other employment resources, visit www.projectsearch.us.

* The Arc, an advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has many employment services. For example, the organization's School-to-Community Transition Initiative helps students move from high school to postsecondary education, employment, or independent living. For more information or to contact one of its 700 state or local chapters, visit www.thearc.org.

Additional information and resources about National Disability Employment Awareness Month are available from the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. Visit www.dol.gov/odep.

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Publication:Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2012
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