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Resources For Job Seekers

If you’re seeking a job through EmployMeFirst, the resources listed on this page will offer you information that you’re sure to find useful. We encourage you to research the opportunities for assistance we’ve provided below.

ADVOCACY

Disability Employment Policy
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities. If you are seeking more information on the laws governing employment for those with disabilities, visit here.

Disability Rights Florida
Disability Rights Florida, formerly the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., is a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. Their mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida is a statewide alliance of individuals with disabilities, special needs, or at-risk and their families. Our mission is to provide family-driven support, education, information, and advocacy.

Florida Commission on Community Service
The mission of our organization is to strengthen communities through volunteer service. In carrying out our mission we partner with community based organizations, Non profits, businesses, communities of faith, government entities, and colleges and universities.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. 
The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.

FloridaLawHelp.org
This Web site is a guide to free legal information and legal services in Florida, administered by Florida Legal Services, Inc. It provides access to dozens of organizations offering information about the courts, community resources and free and low-cost legal aid programs.

National Council on Disability (NCD)
The NCD is an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies of the policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD provides guidance to all areas that impact equal opportunity employment for disabled Americans.

EDUCATION

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC)
The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) at the University of South Florida was established in October 2005 through a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service grant award from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Through leadership in research and evaluation, theory, policy, capacity building, and practice, the FCIC is committed to developing a range of supports and services in the areas of Community Supports, Early Childhood, Transition, Education, Employment, Health, Interdisciplinary Training, Public Policy, and Cultural Competence.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, “The Changing Face of Benefits” free, self-paced webcourse, from the National Disability Institute (NDI) and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC). This webcourse is to educate you on the impact of earnings on public benefits and the opportunities available within your community to increase one’s income and assets through financial stability programs so that you can make informed decisions about the job you want, how much you will earn and how you will invest towards your financial future.

Workforce3One
Workforce3One offers e-learning, knowledge sharing, resource information, and tools for workforce professionals and other to build the capacity of the workforce investment system to successfully meet the employment needs of America’s workforce and employers. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Workforce3One offers extensive training, resource, and toolkits on a wide variety of workforce topics, at no cost to the user.

EMPLOYMENT

Career Source Northeast Florida
Career Source Northeast Florida has excellent tools for job seeker success.

Chamber of Commerce for Persons with Disabilities
To promote the business interests of businesses run by persons with disabilities and/or their direct caregivers (“Disability Businesses”) and to place businesses run by persons with disabilities on a level playing field with businesses run by others.

Division of Vocational RehabilitationThe Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Etiquette for the Interview
Society for Human Resource Management has an excellent article on “Etiquette for the Interview.”

How to Write A Powerful Resume
Society for Human Resource Management has an excellent article on “How to Write a Powerful Resume.”

Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition
Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition has an excellent resource available on the City of Jacksonville’s website. This lists companies that are interested in hiring veterans.

Ticket to Work Program
Administered by the Social Security Administration, the Ticket to Work Program helps disabled Americans explore work options, including work-related services, vocational rehabilitation and more, without immediately losing their benefits while looking for or securing work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries receive a “Ticket” to obtain these services.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
If you are a Veteran, the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service is a good resource to access. This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and maintain suitable employment.

Workforce3One
Workforce3One offers e-learning, knowledge sharing, resource information, and tools for workforce professionals and other to build the capacity of the workforce investment system to successfully meet the employment needs of America’s workforce and employers. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Workforce3One offers extensive training, resource, and toolkits on a wide variety of workforce topics, at no cost to the user.

Workforce Recruitment Program
Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO), the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource for Federal agencies and private businesses nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of fields.

GRANTS

Able Trust
The Able Trust believes that when people with disabilities want to work, they should. The Trust supports individuals, non-profit organizations and vocational rehabilitation programs throughout Florida with fund-raising, grant making and public awareness of disability issues. Able Trust offers grants to individuals in a variety of areas including equipment needed for employment and employment assistance that could not be provided by an agency of the State of Florida or in emergency situations. Individual grants for on-the-job accommodation average $2,000-$3,000.

MEDICAL

Waiver Provider
WaiverProvider.com is not only a directory of Medicaid providers. It provides detailed information about each medicaid waiver provider listed to include services provided, area covered, etc.

RESOURCE

The Developmental Disabilities Database (DDD)
The Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, and provides this web site as a resource for parents, families, and consumers. It includes documents, website links, and videos originally developed by the Mailman Center for online training of health care professionals*. The categories offered include: assistive technology, early care & education/child care, early intervention, education-school age, employment, services & supports, health care, and adults with developmental disabilities. We also provide a “Further Assistance Contact Form” where a consumer can ask for help in finding additional information (in English and Spanish).

Disability Resource Provider Guide – City of Jacksonville
City of Jacksonville’s disability resource provider guide.

Disability Resource Provider Guide – Florida APD Cares
Florida APD Cares, disability resource provider guide.

Federal Government Disability Website
Disability.gov is the Federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies, including resources on employment.

Florida Independent Living Council
The Florida Independent Living Council is a statewide council established by federal mandate and Florida Statute.

The Florida Office on Disability and Health
The Florida Office on Disability and Health (FODH) was created in 2007 through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The mission of FODH is to maximize the health, well-being, participation, & quality of life, throughout the lifespan of all Floridians & their families living with disability.

TECHNOLOGY

Assistive Technology Educational Network of Florida (ATEN)
The center allows participants to explore educational solutions and technology options through hands-on use of equipment in an enriched environment. In addition, training on equipment or vendor presentations will be scheduled as new technology becomes available.

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
FAAST envisions a seamless supportive partnership between Florida business and government to provide assistive technology products and services which will enable persons with disabilities to participate in independent living, education, work and recreation from birth to death.

Florida Provider Network
Florida Provider Network in Supported Employment is designed to provide technical assistance to community stakeholders to consolidate current initiatives that encourage and assist supported employment efforts and build an infrastructure which will sustain a high level of training and technical assistance on an ongoing basis.

Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI)
Provides free specialized telecommunications to Floridians who are deaf or hard of hearing, speech impaired, and blind or visually impaired.

TRANSPORTATION

Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
Welcome to the home page for the State of Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD). We are an independent commission housed administratively within the Florida Department of Transportation. Please check out our various site areas, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Our Mission – To insure the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons.

Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center supports the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in the employment, advancement, and retention of people with disabilities. Information on employment and other job-related resources are availed for those working in or seeking employment with the DOT.