Research on Employment Supports for People with Disabilities: Summary of the Focus Group Findings. Private and Non-Profit Programs


Project ABLE (Able Beneficiaries Link to Employers). Project ABLE is a national resume bank that provides employers an easily accessible applicant pool of qualified job-ready individuals who are interested in working. The resume bank operates through the joint efforts of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), SSA, RSA, the VA, and state VR agencies. The program is designed to provide employers access to quality human resources while providing training and employment services to eligible people with disabilities.91

The Arc of New Jersey. The Arc of New Jersey is a statewide, private nonprofit advocacy organization designed to provide a better quality of life for people with mental retardation and their families. The organization consists of a state office and nineteen local county chapters; it is affiliated with The Arc, a national organization on mental retardation with 1,200 chapters nationwide. The Arc's projects including Project HIRE.

Project HIRE. Project HIRE is an employment placement and training program for adults with developmental disabilities. It takes an innovative approach towards assisting individuals in choosing a job and provides Employment Training Specialists (ETS). An ETS works with the employee at the job site and teaches job skills, assists with independently traveling to and from work, and facilitates socialization with co-workers. Project HIRE also offers Transition Services designed to assist schools in developing and implementing quality transition plans for students in special education programs. These services include community-based vocational assessments; job shadowing and sampling; job placement and coaching; and professional consultation. Additionally, project HIRE provides technical assistance on state-of-the-art supported employment to service provider agencies in New Jersey.

Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). Jewish Vocational Services is a private, non-profit organization that provides VR services for persons with disabilities among its services. The Joseph L. Weinberg Vocational Rehabilitation Center, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, provides comprehensive VR services to individuals with disabilities age 16 and older who, because of their disability, are unable to find or to sustain employment. Services include vocational evaluation, vocational counseling, work adjustment training, specialized skills training programs, office and computer skills training, home health aide training, comprehensive job placement program for integrated employment, and extended employment. Additionally, the School to Work Transition Program provides specialized services for students with disabilities and the Work Center on Aging offers services for older workers with disabilities.92

Easter Seals New Jersey. The Easter Seals New Jersey is a non-profit organization that focuses on eliminating the physical, social and economic barriers so that people with disabilities may participate in their communities with equality, dignity and independence. The organization's programs include the following:

  • The Personal Assistant Services program serves individuals with physical disabilities between the ages of 19 and 65 living in New Jersey. By allowing consumers to function more independently within the community, the program enables individuals to remain in or move to the least restrictive living arrangement possible. The PAS program can provide assistance with household chores, errands, shopping and personal care. Thus, the program enables persons with disabilities to complete their education, to seek and maintain employment, and to conduct household activities.

  • Behavioral Health Services provides quality residential services, intensive case management, supportive services, and intensive family support services. Services focus on teaching life skills and encouraging independent living.

  • Social Services provide assistance to people with economic disadvantages. These services include linkages, a transitional housing service and intensive case management services for homeless families; and parent support services to families who have children residing in out-of-home placement and who have a plan for reunification.

  • The Equipment Loan Services provides medical equipment such as wheel chairs, canes, shower chairs, walkers and hospital beds to people with disabilities.