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.117

The Arc of Washington State. Since 1936, The Arc of Washington State has been a leader in the development of services and programs for people with developmental disabilities, such as, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy and related neurological disorders which occur before age 18. The Arc of Washington State, a non-profit organization, is affiliated with the Arc of the United States and eleven local ARC chapters throughout the state. The mission of The Arc of Washington State is to promote the education, health, self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, inclusion and choices of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Easter Seals Washington.118 The Easter Seals Washington is a direct service organization that is committed to providing high quality programs and services to enable people with disabilities and their families to live with equality, dignity and independence. The organization has a statewide network of services and facilities governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, professional staff and volunteers. The organization's services include the following services:

  • Assistive Technology. This program utilizes an Eastern Washington demonstration referral, education and training center, in collaboration with the Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATA) (See Public In-Kind Supports). Services are provided to all persons with disabilities, community service providers, teachers and trainers.

  • Housing Assistance Program. This program identifies accessible housing and refers housing to persons who are living with a permanent mobility or sensory limitation and are residing in housing that does not meet their access needs. The program promotes increased independence, community integration and health and safety for persons with disabilities. The goal of the program is to promote self-sufficiency and to ensure personal dignity.

  • Child Development Centers. The Easter Seals approach to childcare is based on a mission to support childhood care and education to children of all levels of ability. Easter Seals promotes the young child's development in all areas with positive, supportive and individualized relationships with professional, attentive, caring adults, as well as meaningful peer interactions. Easter Seals provides an environment where activities are based on developmentally appropriate practices and an applied anti-bias curriculum. The curriculum values and solicits diversity of ability and culture in its families and staff.