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.

To download our flyer, please click here

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

Resources

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. 

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.

https://511nyrideshare.org/web/south-central-ny

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."

http://www.ablenrc.org/

To Learn more, you can view/download the ABLE information sheet here

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.

http://www.helpme211.org/ddinfo

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