Your Path to Work: Phase 3
Phase 3: Getting a Job takes you step by step through the process of getting ready to enter the workforce, finding and applying for jobs, and being prepared for interviews. Whether you are just considering working, ready to find a service provider to help you, are looking for a job, or already working and want to keep on the road to financial independence, explore the Path to Work to learn more at every part of your journey. Select the phase that best describes where you are on your journey at the top and then use the blue buttons to navigate to each article.
Visit Popular Job Boards: https://choosework.ssa.gov/find-a-job/
If you have a question about workplace accommodations, disclosing your disability, or the ADA, visit Job Accommodation Network
Job Opportunities with the Federal Government and Federal Contractors
The Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws, like Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, are meant to encourage and foster practices that benefit individuals with disabilities and to permit an employment preference for qualified individuals with disabilities (whether those disabilities are obvious or voluntarily disclosed). Ticket to Work service providers can help you explore these two types of opportunities available to people with disabilities looking to work:
Federal Employment – Schedule A
Schedule A gives the federal government permission to hire people with significant disabilities for jobs within the federal government without requiring them to compete against non-disabled jobseekers for those positions. Federal agencies hire Schedule A employees on a probationary basis. This means that Schedule A employees work on trial basis and, at the end of the probationary period, if they have earned positive reviews for their job performance, they may be eligible for conversion to a career-conditional appointment within competitive service.
Employment with Federal Contractors – Section 503
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 has supported individuals with disabilities for more than 40 years by prohibiting the Federal government and businesses that do work with the government from discriminating on the basis of disability.
Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which was revised in 2014, prohibits businesses that do work with the government from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take positive steps to recruit, hire train, promote and retain people with disabilities.
Your Ticket to Work service provider can help connect you with these opportunities in your area.