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A Call to Action: The 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities (external link)

People with disabilities make up 20% of the population in the US, but only 3% of the workforce. This is just one of striking findings of The 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans With Disabilities that was released in October 2010 for Disability Employment Awareness Month.1 Sponsored by Kessler Foundation and National Organization on Disability (NOD), the survey gathered data on attitudes and practices from more than 400 human resource managers and senior executives. This survey followed the July release of a broader survey, The 2010 Survey of Americans With Disabilities,2 which showed that in comparison with people without disabilities, the single largest gap was still employment. The more recent survey focuses on the factors that contribute to persistently low employment for the largest minority group in the United States. Our next task is to develop strategies aimed at closing the gap.

Center for Parent Information and Resources (external link)   

Are you a young person with a disability considering employment? A parent or transition specialist working with youth to help them plan ahead to adult life, perhaps to get a job or internship now or in the future? Maybe you're an employer yourself and want to hire young people with disabilities? In any and all of these cases, it's important to know more about the kinds of reasonable accommodations that employers can make for workers with disabilities. Find out what you need to know at the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), beginning at this landing page of A to Z on the subject!

DeafVibe (external link) 

We work with deaf clients to help them succeed through two-year Career Colleges, Training Programs, or Certification Programs and on to a rewarding career.  From help making an admissions appointment and securing financial aid on through graduation and eventual job placement, DeafVibe is here to help!

Disability Employment Statistics (external link) 

The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy updates the disability employment data monthly, providing citizens and policymakers with reliable and accurate information on a topic of importance to America's workforce and economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey (CPS) is the U.S. government's source for comprehensive monthly estimates on labor force participation, employment, and unemployment. Employment (external link)  
This section of offers job seekers, employers, and employees practical information about finding a job, recruiting and hiring people with disabilities, and job accommodations. It also offers resources on starting a small business and laws and regulations that protect the employment rights of people with disabilities.

MNCDHH's Minnesota Employment Task Force  
In 2011 Alan Parnes, a former MNCDHH member, proposed that an Employment Task Force be established to address deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals' unmet employment needs. The task force addressed the concerns in the areas of transition from school to work, job-seeking skills and placement services, maintaining employment, advancing in employment, and employment discrimination. The group set goals that were incorporated into the Commission's strategic plan and work plan. Some have been accomplished, we are still working on others. If you have any issues or concerns about our state's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services or communication access to the state's Workforce Centers, please contact Mary Hartnett.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) (external link)  
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development. 
Vocational Rehab Services for People with Disabilities 
Vocational Rehab Services for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Minnesota Employment Center for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (MEC) (external link) 
The mission of the Minnesota Employment Center for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is to provide comprehensive employment services which lead to competitive and supported employment positions consistent with individual career plans and goals. MEC's customized employment and job placement services are offered in collaboration with Lifetrack Resources, Minnesota Rehabilitation Services and Rise, Inc.  

Minnesota Employment Policy Initiative (MEPI) (external link) 
The purpose of the Minnesota Employment Policy Initiative is to develop leadership and dialogue facilitation around disability and employment policy that will result in the increased employment of Minnesotans with disabilities in the competitive labor force. MEPI is working with numerous stakeholder partners to align policies, services and practices to increase competitive employment of people with disabilities and meet Minnesota's workforce needs. In spring 2011, MEPI posted policy briefs on what it will take to double the employment of Minnesotans with disabilities by 2015. 
Policy Brief on Employment of Minnesotans Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (2011) [PDF]
Policy Brief on Employment of Minnesotans Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (2011) [Word]

State of Minnesota: Central Accommodation's Fund (for State employees only) (external link)
The State of Minnesota's Accommodation Fund was established to reimburse money spent by state agencies to make reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. 

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (external link)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. EEOC also provides direct video access (external link) for ASL users.

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