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General Resources

Maryland

Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network (ESBLN)
An Arm of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, the ESBLN is available to the community and employers to answer employment questions related to disability.

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) 
DBED’s mission is to create, attract, and retain jobs while promoting Maryland’s vibrant cultural economics. 

Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD)
MDOD works to remove barriers for individuals with disabilities in the areas of education, employment, housing, and transportation.

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
DORS supports the employment and economic independence of individuals with disabilities.

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) 

DLLR protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net, and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the needs of Maryland’s dynamic economy.

Nationally

EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network)Works
A Service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, EARNWorks provides employers with free consulting services and resources to support the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 
A service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, JAN facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members, and other interested parties with information on job accommodations and other subjects.

National Center on Workforce and Disability Read about the recruitment and retention of older workers: application to people with disabilities. 

National Resource Directory Find resources for employers on recruiting and employing Veterans, where to find job candidates and workplace accommodations and supports.

Think Beyond the Label (TBTL)
TBTL is a national partnership of health and human services and employment agencies, coming together to build a uniform national infrastructure and approach that connects businesses to qualified candidates with disabilities. 

U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
USBLN uses a “business to business” strategy to promote the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace, and supplier chain.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 
ODEP provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.
 

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Resources to Support the Business Case

Maryland

Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network (ESBLN) 
The ESBLN highlights several success stories of employees and employers on the Eastern Shore, including businesses in manufacturing, customer service and distribution.

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)  
DORS helps Maryland businesses recruit and retain qualified individuals with disabilities through matching qualified applicants with job openings, funding for on-the-job training, providing worksite consultations, identifying technology that increases workplace productivity and success, coordinating services for workplace disability issues, and providing employment consultations. Connect to several employee-employers successes.
  

National

Disability Funders Network (DFN) 
DFN highlights several disability-related statistics and facts regarding the employment, education and training of individuals with disabilities.

EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network) Works 

EARNWorks created a Business Case about the value of employees with disabilities.

Walgreens 
Through intentionally incorporating universal design concepts when engineering new machines, systems, and processes, Walgreens has created employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities that make their company more efficient.

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Resources to Innovate

Maryland

Maryland Customized Employment Partnership: Montgomery Works (MCEP)
MCEP is a five-year national demonstration model development project that provides incentive for planning and implementing provisions for people with disabilities to obtain universal access to workforce development services.

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED)
Partnership for Workforce Quality 
DBED provides matching skill upgrade training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies. 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR)
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning (Maryland Business Works)
DLLR funds employer-based training projects responsive to business needs and targeted at businesses invested in Maryland.

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Maryland Workforce Technology Center (Customized Training Program)
DORS assists with partnerships between an employer and the Workforce Technology Center where the employer identifies specific employment openings and training is designed to fit the needs of the employer. 
 

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
MHEC is responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland is public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. Several of the higher education institutions in Maryland provide customized training programs to businesses.  Connect with the institution in your local area and ask for their Workforce Training Department. 

Nationally

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Project Search provides employment and education opportunities to individuals with disabilities and is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community, and workplace.

Telework Exchange
Telework Exchange demonstrates the tangible value of telework with 
case studies and has specific information and resources about telework and employment for individuals with disabilities. 

U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 
ODEP provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

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Resources to Replicate

Maryland

Acadia Windows and Doors 
In 2008, Acadia won the “Looking Beyond Barriers and Hiring Smart” award for modifying its workplace to meet the needs of employees with physical disabilities.

Maryland Mentoring Partnership (MMP) 
MMP is an advocate, clearinghouse, and expert resource for the advancement of youth mentoring statewide.

Maryland Department of Transportation  (MDOT)
Telework Partnership with Employers
MDOT’s partnership provides free professional telework consulting services for Maryland employers.

The Shriver Center 
The Shriver Center places over 1,300 UMBC students in internship, cooperative education, and research experiences every year and has produced a tip sheet for hosting an intern, co-op, or research student.

Nationally

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital 
Project Search provides information on replication and dissemination of their program that provides employment and education opportunities to individuals with disabilities and is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community, and workplace.

Telework Exchange 
Telework Exchange provides case studies of businesses successfully incorporating telework practices.

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Resources to Educate

Maryland

Governor’s Quest Internship Program for Persons with Disabilities This program is designed to attract State agencies to sponsor or mentor interns who are clients of the Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Nationally

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)
DMD is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities by matching them with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests.

Emerging Leaders 

Emerging Leaders is a highly competitive program that places undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities.

Entry Point!

Entry Point! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) 

The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. Private sector employers may access the database through 
Employer Assistance and Resource Network.
 

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Resources to Hire 

Maryland

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
DORS matches pre-screened, job-ready individuals to job openings in Maryland’s businesses. Post a free job ad with DORS here:

Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE) 
MWE allows you to specify in the job order or with a Business Services Specialist that you are interested in recruiting job seekers with disabilities.

National

AbilityJobs.com
This site posts jobs and search resumes of qualified job seekers with disabilities.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) 
 
COSD works to identify innovative methods of recruiting and hiring college graduates with disabilities, including creation of internship opportunities.

Disaboom
Disaboom is an online resource for jobs for people with disabilities.

Getting Hired 
Getting Hired strives to create sustainable employment growth and opportunity for people with disabilities.

Hire Disability Solutions
Hire Disability Solutions partners with Monster.com as a national leader in recruiting the best and brightest candidates with disabilities for visionary companies.

National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) 
 
NBDC assists corporations in integrating people with disabilities into the workplace and marketplace with access to a national resume database and ability to post jobs.
 

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