Resources & links
General links about disabilities
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Check out the links on the right. At the top, people with disabilities will find links to important forms about your rights and filing grievances. Employers, scroll down to learn how the ADA laws impact you and find resources to keep you informed of changes.
The Arc is a organization that serves and advocates for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Disability Statistics Center
Get the latest statistics on the number of persons with disabilities, types of disabilities, employers who provide accommodations and more. This site is also packed with results of recent studies.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
This organization is run by the Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation and provides detailed reports and information on disabilities and rehabilitation.
The National Organization on Disability
This site offers information to help persons with disabilities navigate the world of work and an overview of legal requirements for accommodating persons with disabilities.
Employment – disabilities, laws and resources
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Outlines your protected rights for hiring, working and more. How to file a grievance against an employer if your rights as a minority, a person with a disability or more are violated.
Job search assistance at local libraries
Goodwill-Easter Seals provides Employment/Support Consultants in several libraries to provide job search resource, assistance and referral. No appointment is necessary. Locations and times are on the library events calendars:
Job Accommodations Network
This U.S. Government-funded website and organization offers no-fee consulting to help employers and persons with disabilities know and navigate the legal requirements for accommodating persons with disabilities. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota does this on a one-on-one basis with each new hire to help both the employer and the person with the disability succeed.
U.S. Employment Labor Exchange and America's Job Bank
U.S. Employment Labor Exchange and America's Job BankAmerica's Job Bank (AJB), an electronic labor exchange service, is designed to help employers and job seekers find each other via the Internet. The site is packed with resources for employers and persons seeking employment. You can upload your resume to this national job search bank.
U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
This U.S. government site outlines the legal requirements and policies governing hiring practices and reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. It also has resources for persons with disabilities.
Hearing impairments, persons who are deaf
National Association of the Deaf
The national advocacy and support organization for persons with hearing impairments. Resources for persons with this disability.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Information for persons with disabilities about access at work, in school and in the business world.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (Minnesota chapter link)
NAMI-Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with mental illness (brain disorders) and their families. NAMI-MN offers programs of education, support and advocacy and supports research efforts.
Military and Veteran support
Easter-Seals Dixon Center
The Easter Seals Dixon Center leverages Easter Seals nationwide network of community-based program locations, including the St. Cloud area Goodwill-Easter Seals programs, while working with private and public sector leaders in communities to create better ways for our veterans and military families to succeed in meaningful employment, education and overall wellness.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website invites you to sign up for updates on policy and relevant announcements for veterans. Veterans benefit from free tax preparation services and better understand health, death and insurance benefits.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. If a phone call is not appropriate, visitors to the site can speak with someone via a chat service.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources.
Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood services. It is a virtual extension to installation services.
New immigrants, refugees and new Americans
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
If you're a new immigrant to the U.S., this site offers information on when and how to apply to be an American Citizen. There are many organizations that charge fees in addition to the U.S. government application and processing fees for this information, but this is the official website and outlines the fees and process clearly.
Duxbury Systems, Inc.
The leading provider of Braille software. The Links page has other links for persons with a sight impairment, such as information about Braille, Braille translation companies, seeing eye dogs and much more.
National Federation of the Blind
This is the advocacy and support organization for persons with sight impairments and offers advocacy and resources for employers, adults and children.