According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005 only 37 percent of people with disabilities were in the Massachusetts labor force. Showing no recent historic change, this percentage matches that of a 1994 survey of sixteen thousand people with disabilities.
This section of our Web site contains information and resources meant to help people with disabilities become gainfully employed.
The primary resource for employment services is the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. For people with mental- and/or physical disabilities, the MRC provides related counseling, evaluation, skills training, job placement and other services.
Other Important Resources:
Benefit Programs / Employment Support Services for Massachusetts Residents with Disabilities (MNIP Newsletter of January 8, 2009)
One Stop Career System
37 One-Stop Career Centers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts form the foundation of the state's delivery system for employment and training services for job seekers, employers, and their workers.
http://www.mass.gov/Elwd/docs/dcs/2066a_508.pdf (Career Center Listing)
Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
Job Search Services include vocational evaluation, resume and interview preparation, career exploration, job search assistance, job development, job placement, assistance requesting accommodations and job coaching.
Serves Greater Boston area.
Contact: Rebecca Pyle, email@example.com
Community Work Services
CWS helps people who face barriers to work obtain employment and achieve greater self sufficiency through innovative job training, placement and support services.
Serves Boston area.
(617) 720-2233 x223
Contact: Eugene Gloss, firstname.lastname@example.org
The statewide system of Independent Living Centers. Staffed by people with disabilities, ILCs have expertise and experience with employment related issues such as networking, accessible technology, skills training and transportation.