Career, Employment and Training Resources

LEARN - NYS Workers with Disabilities Program (55-b): Section 55-b of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions normally filled through competitive examination to be filled through the appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. 

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities: The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage. 

Monitor the progress of the Employment First Commission through Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC) meetings.

Governor’s Employment First Commission Report (recommendations for improving the employment of New Yorkers with disabilities)

Independent Living Centers (ILCs) provide benefits advisement which is often crucial during the many stages of employability. ILCs assist with all aspects of living, learning and earning.  They identify and facilitate removal of architectural, communication and attitudinal barriers to full participation in local communities. 

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR):  ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment & support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. 

NYS Commission for the Blind: The mission of the New York State Commission for the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind. 

Our Ability Connect: Our Ability simplifies the complex task of identifying talented people with disabilities through direct access to our exclusive nationwide employment networks. 

Employment for Jobseekers and Employees with Disabilities - explains the rights of individuals with disabilities at every stage of the employment process, and offers services to help job seekers find work.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)– offers free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

TAX CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:

Work Opportunity Tax Credit:  This federal tax credit benefits businesses that hire and retain workers with various barriers to employment.

NYS Workers Employment Tax Credit (WETC): Businesses that employ people with disabilities who currently receive vocational rehabilitation services may earn $2,100 more in state tax credits.

NYS Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit (WDTC): For-profit businesses and organizations that hire individuals with developmental disabilities may earn up to $5,000 for full-time employment and up to $2,500 for part-time employment in state tax credit.

Disabled Access Tax Credit: Businesses with fewer than 30 employees and no more than $1 million in gross receipts in the preceding year can receive a tax credit of up to 50% of “eligible access expenditures.”

Barrier Removal Tax Deduction: Businesses of any size can take an annual deduction of up to $15,000 for expenses related to removing physical, structural and transportation barriers for people with disabilities. 

ACT – Find Employment

Find NYS job openings, continuous recruitment exams, and other opportunities in New York State and Local Government at theNYS Civil Service Website.

Search for work within the New York State Unified Court System.

Post your resume at the NYS Department of Labor job bank.

Attend New York’s Career Center classes, workshops, job fairs, job clubs, and informational sessions (including virtual) on a variety of topics.

Explore careers and internships with the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate.

New York City Region: Find a job in NYC government – includes internship and fellowship opportunities.

Federal Opportunities: Find a job with the Federal Government or search specifically for federal employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities.