Resource List for Adults with LD in the Workplace
Looking for more information? Check out our “Adults with LD” section on LD.org, in addition to videos and podcasts on all aspects of learning disabilities.
Here are some more resources to help find – and find success in – a job you love.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: Published by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD), this comprehensive, interactive workbook helps young adults make an informed decision whether or not to disclose their disability on the job and in other settings.
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD): The American Association of People with Disabilities promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. The Workplace & Employment section of their website contains information about Disability Mentoring Day, which connects thousands job seekers nationwide with employers each October, and AAPD’s paid summer internship program, which places students and recent graduates at government and nonprofit jobs in Washington, DC.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The U.S. Department of Justice’s official website for the Americans with Disabilities Act provides an overview of federal civil rights that protect adults with learning disabilities. Disability.gov: The federal government manages this web portal to efficiently direct people with disabilities to services and organizations that can help them. The Employment section includes job listings broken down by location and type of disability, as well as answers to frequently asked questions by people with disabilities seeking employment.
Disability.gov: The federal government manages this web portal to efficiently direct people with disabilities to services and organizations that can help them. The Employment section includes job listings broken down by location and type of disability, as well as answers to frequently asked questions by people with disabilities seeking employment.
DisaboomJobs: This website bills itself as the leading source of jobs and employment information for people with disabilities. It allows you to fill out an online profile and post your resumé so potential employers can see your credentials. You may also search thousands of listings by type of job and location. The positions are not specifically for people with disabilities but rather are listed by companies and organizations, including government agencies,that actively recruit and hire candidates with disabilities to create a diverse and inclusive workforce.
DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology: DO-IT seeks to increase the success of people with disabilities in challenging academic careers in math and science. It is a collaboration between UW Information Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington, with additional funding from the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Friends of Quinn: Founded by Quinn Bradlee, filmmaker and author of A Different Life, a book about growing up with LDs, this online community offers resources and support for young adults with LD.
GettingHired: This useful and free web portal enables job seekers with disabilities to connect with one another at no charge. It also features employers who are committed to hiring people with disabilities, service providers, and advocacy organizations. There are also up-to-date job listings, searchable by type of employment and location, as well as articles, blogs, and forums on career-related topics. Signing up is free.
Incight: Resources for Self-Empowerment: Incight offers education, employment, independence, and networking programs with the goal of increasing the success of people with disabilities.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN): This service, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a comprehensive job accommodation resource. Their consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the ADA, and self-employment options for people with disabilities.
Meeting the Challenge of Learning Disabilities in Adulthood: This book by Dr. Arlyn Roffman, an LD professional who has written for LD.org, encourages self-awareness and self-acceptance.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD): The NCWD/Youth is an organization that provides employment information for young adults with LD.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Access information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the top fields people are getting jobs in, fields that are expected to grow, and what jobs are available at your level of education and training.
Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making It Happen in College and Beyond: Author Henry B. Reiff reminds readers that the key to success after high school is being your own best advocate.
Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Developed by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, this curriculum, designed for students with disabilities, focuses on developing skills such as communication, enthusiasm, and teamwork.
Transition Coalition: Based at the University of Kansas’s Department of Special Education, Transition Coalition helps youth with disabilities successfully make the transition from school to adult life by providing professional development training modules, networking tools, assessments, and links to other resources.