Workers with Disabilities

Workers with Disabilities

Are you a jobseeker with a disability interested in training and a career in a growing industry, such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, or IT?

  • Do you want to obtain the skills and credentials necessary to achieve living wage employment?
  • Do you need assistance with paying for the training and credentials required to move up a career ladder?
  • Can you benefit from on-going support and disability services resources including job placement, job retention, benefits counseling (Ticket to Work) and career guidance?

Developing your career shouldn’t be an insurmountable hurdle. If you have a disability, you already face daily challenges.  But while the Americans with Disabilities Act protects you in many circumstances from workplace discrimination, protection doesn’t equal opportunity. And you may well be the first teacher an employer has in understanding how to accommodate a disability.

CDO Workforce Career System can help you. We can:

  • Advise you on what questions a prospective employer can and cannot ask you about your disability.
  • Suggest ways you can help an employer make your work station or situation meet your needs at minimal cost and effort to both of you.
  • Suggest good interview techniques to help make sure your disability isn't an issue.

Please contact your nearest CDO Workforce Center for more information and assistance.

Disability Resource Coordinators (DRC) are available for benefit counseling and additional services.

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Services for Youth with Disabilities

CDO (Chenango-Delaware-Otsego) Youth program provides a comprehensive services that focus on assisting out-of-school youth with disabilities in the CDO area.

We provide services to help youth prepare for postsecondary education and employment opportunities, attain educational and/or skills training credentials, and secure employment with career/promotional opportunities.

To be eligible, out-of-school youth (OSY) must be between the ages of 16 to 24, not attending school, and have a disability OR have one or more barriers to employment.

Our Youth program has an emphasis on providing work experiences and career path exploration. Services include: alternative high school equivalency services; paid and unpaid work experiences, pre-apprenticeship programs, internships and job shadowing, and on-the-job training; occupational skill training; education offered concurrently with workforce preparation and training; leadership development opportunities; supportive services; mentoring; follow-up services; comprehensive guidance and counseling; financial literacy education; services that provide labor market and employment information; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.

To learn more about our youth programs, please visit your nearest CDO Workforce Center or visit:

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

CDO Workforce Work Incentive Practitioner Services 

Work Incentive Practitioners provide confidential services to people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). They educate beneficiaries on how employment will affect their public benefits such as SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps. Learn more about this program and how we can help.


CDO Workforce ADA & Disclosure Workshop

Learn about your employment rights as protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Discussion will include your right to choose if you want to disclose your disability, when to disclose, how to disclose, and how to request an accommodation. Visit our calendar to see when the next class is available and how to register. 

Career Onestop

View the competencies and career pathways that are essential for workplace success.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and industry partners collaborate to develop career pathways and maintain dynamic models of the foundation and technical competencies that are necessary in vital industries of the American economy. The goal of the effort is to promote an understanding of the skill sets and competencies that are essential to educate and train a globally competitive workforce.

The models serve as a resource to:

  • Identify specific employer skill needs
  • Develop competency-based curricula and training models
  • Develop industry-defined performance indicators, skill standards, and certifications
  • Develop resources for career exploration and guidance

If You Need Transportation

A new transportation option is now available; a "Ride Sharing" website that matches drivers and riders with similar work destinations in the area. Now, for the first time ever, 511NYRideshare has information on three south central NY counties: Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango.

Whether you need a ride or are a driver in need of gas money the 511NY Rideshare website can help! Once you register you’ll have access to match with other users as well. Carpooling can be a convenient, money saving travel experience. Check out all that they have to offer for ride matching. Simply Google 511NYRideShare and log in (or register if you are not yet a member) and go to the "Find a Ridematch" page to see who your potential carpool partners are.

ABLE - Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

The ABLE Act recognizes the extra and significant costs of living with a disability. These include costs, related to raising a child with significant disabilities or a working age adult with disabilities, for accessible housing and transportation, personal assistance services, assistive technology and health care not covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

Eligible individuals and their families can establish ABLE savings accounts that will largely not affect their eligibility for SSI, Medicaid and other public benefits. The legislation explains further that an ABLE account will, with private savings, "secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid, SSI, the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

Visit their website:  To Learn more, you can Watch the History of ABLE Accounts here.

Article: ABLE Accounts Shouldn't Impede Access to Housing, Feds say

HUD Guidance on ABLE accounts

United Way 2-1-1 DDinfo

DDinfo is an online database of services for those with developmental or intellectual disabilities, for Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego & Tioga counties in New York State.

US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy Working Works Campaign

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has a new public service announcement on the benefits of work, and the roles different people play in helping individuals who become ill or injured stay in the workforce.

To watch the videos, please click here

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need. To learn more, go to 

NYS Civil Service Seeks Workers with Disabilities Under 55b Program

The New York State's programs to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities consist of two specialized programs. These programs are coordinated efforts to place individuals with disabilities in entry-level State jobs. No initial written or oral examinations are required for appointment. You must however, submit a formal application and a medical evaluation may be necessary for program certification.

Section 55-b of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions normally filled through competitive examination to be filled through the appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. (Section 55-c authorizes the designation of up to 500 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified wartime veterans with disabilities.) In general, an entry-level position that is filled only through an open-competitive examination (one open to the public) may be used for a 55-b or 55-c appointment. Read more:

Discussing Disability with the Potential Employer

The ADA prohibits employers from asking questions that are likely to reveal the existence of a disability before making a job offer (i.e., the pre-offer period). This prohibition covers written questionnaires and inquiries made during interviews, as well as medical examinations. However, such questions and medical examinations are permitted after extending a job offer but before the individual begins work (i.e., the post-offer period). Learn more:

Tactful answers to illegal interview questions

Tips on protecting your right to privacy without jeopardizing a job offer:

NY Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Front Door

The Front Door is the way OPWDD connects people to the services they need and want. Once you enter, a person-centered planning process begins which helps you learn about and access service options taking your needs and desires into consideration. It will also give you the chance to direct your own service plan or help your family member or loved one as they direct theirs.

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Local Front Door Information Sessions

Voters with a Disability Resources

ADA National Network

Information, Guidance and Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Webinar: Wearables as Assistive Technology

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