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What Kind of Jobs Can I Get?

Arizona Employment First believes that people with disabilities should have control over the kinds of work they want to do. There are many different ways to work.

Competitive Integrated Employment

This type of work means:

  • You are hired and paid directly by their employer (not by a job agency or state program)
  • You work in your community
  • You work and interact with people with and without disabilities
  • The amount of time you work each week is based on your choices, wants, and needs
  • You are paid the same and work the same number of hours as workers without disabilities doing the same job.
  • You receive at least minimum wage and have the same access to benefits as workers without disabilities doing the same job
  • If you are self-employed, you make the same amount of money someone without a disability would be making doing the same work.

Work can look different for different people.

You can be:

  • Self-Employed: You have your own business and decide your own hours and job tasks
  • Employed by Others: You work for someone else, and your boss decides your hours and job tasks

You can also decide how much you would like to work.

Options include:

  • Full-time: Working full time means working about 40 hours a week. This usually means working 8 hours per day. These jobs often have benefits and perks that other jobs do not, such as health insurance and paid vacation.
  • Part-time: Working part time means working less than 35 hours per week. These kinds of jobs often do not have as many perks or benefits as full-time jobs.
  • If you are Self-Employed, you can decide how much you work. Working less means you will make less money.

Am I Working or In Training?

Sometimes, people who have disabilities take part in training programs before working. These programs can take place in the community or in segregated centers. They can be paid or unpaid. As a trainee, you learn work-related skills to prepare you for employment. Group-supported employment (enclaves) and centered-based employment (sheltered workshops) are examples of training. Training is not a permanent job. Training exists to help you prepare for work.

Employment is a job in your community. These jobs can be full-time or part-time. People who have disabilities and people who do not have disabilities:

  • Work together,
  • Get paid the same for doing the same job,
  • Get the same benefits.

Note: This information comes from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Overview of the ADA

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This is a guide about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is easy to read. The guide includes information about ADA and employment. This resource was created by TransCen.

ABLE Employer Toolkit

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The ABLE Employer Toolkit includes fact sheets, videos and other resources about tax-advantaged ABLE accounts. Employers and businesses can use these resources to offer information to their employees about how to use ABLE accounts. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act created this option for youth and adults who have disabilities to save money in tax-advantaged accounts. Savings in ABLE
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VIDEO: Tucson Unified School District Community Transition Program

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TUSD’s Community Transition Program (CTP) provides high school students with disabilities, ages 18-22, with a seamless transition from school to life as young productive adults. This video shows an example of one Community Transition Program team.
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Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage

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This research report produced by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Disability:IN, and Accenture gives data showing why employing people with disabilities makes good business sense.
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Arizona Employment Provider Directory

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The Arizona Employment Provider Directory was created to help individuals and families make informed decisions on employment-related services. Providers are sometimes also called vendors and provide services for job seekers and families. It was developed with funding from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Raising Special Kids

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Raising Special Kids is Arizona's Parent Training and Information Center. They serve families of children and young adults who have disabilities from birth to 26. Parents can get support from their Family Support Specialists. Raising Special Kids provides trainings on topics such as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and transition plans. They also provide consultations to help parents

Arizona Center for Disability Law

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Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is a non-profit law firm that works to protect disability rights. ACDL provides free legal services to people who have disabilities. You can visit their website to learn more about the services they provide. On their website, you can also download self-advocacy guides about disability-related legal issues. One program at ACDL is the Client Assistance
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The Power of Disability Employment: The Impact to Arizona’s Economy

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This report by the Institute for Community Inclusion was developed for the Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council in 2019. It provides up-to-date information about employment for Arizonans who have disabilities, the economic value of employing people who have disabilities, and recommendations. You can download the full report or a 4-page summary.

WEBINAR: #EmpoweringALL: Tapping the Talents of Arizonans with Disabilities

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This webinar was presented by AZ APSE Chapter and Magellan Health on October 29, 2018.

Arizona APSE

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The Arizona chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) provides tools, opportunities, and resources needed to take action and build better workplaces through work with policymakers and employers. Visit their website for more information!