Employment and Job Skills

  • Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) – Virginia’s vocational rehabilitation agencies offer individuals with disabilities a new way to navigate their careers. CPID encourages people to attain marketable career credentials, qualify for skilled jobs and earn a livable wage. Academies are held each year.
  • Employment and Job Retention Resources – Employment resources from VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.
  • Employment Rights – The webpage by the disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dCLV) contains tons of information on the employment rights of Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Getting the Most from the Public Vocational Rehabilitation System – The document provides very helpful information on how to get the most from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) like DARS in Virginia. It answers frequently asked questions and includes examples and tips. While this document is from an organization based in Massachusetts, the information about utilizing VR services is applicable for everyone.
  • More Than Just a Job: Person-Centered Career Planning
  • Skills to Pay the Bills – This workbook was designed with youth service professionals in mind, specifically those who work with transition-age youth on workforce readiness skills.
  • The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) – JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available. Free personalized technical assistance is available to both employers and individuals with disabilities.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services Toolkit – This guide is for families, guardians, and those working with students to help facilitate the partnership between Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (DARS in VA) and the process of special education transition.
  • Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth – Virginia’s Workplace Readiness Skills lists 21 workplace skills identified by Virginia employers as being vital and widely valued.
  • Workplace Readiness Skills Home Toolkit – Center on Transition Innovation (CTI) – developed a toolkit to assist educators and families with the tools needed to reinforce workplace readiness skills in the home. You can download the toolkit in its entirety or the individual activity sheets.
  • Virtual IEP Meeting Checklist – This OSEP resource was developed in response to requests from state and local educational agencies and parents about how to hold and participate in virtual individualized education program (IEP) meetings. While intended to meet a need during the current COVID-19 pandemic, it also has great information for the IEP team at any time.

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