End School Zone sign. Employee parking. 'Stacy, who jas a visual impairment, leads tours of the U.S. Capitol Building among her other legislative duties'. Megan's logo for TA Institute. White House.


Services and Resources

Job Openings

  • PWDNET Job Openings
    The Work Ability Utah home page has a link in the left menu for job openings listed as part of PWDNET, hosted by the Department of Workforce Services. The companies that list jobs as part of PWDNET hire people with disabilities.
  • USAJobs
    Official job site of the US Federal Government.
  • AmeriCorps
    Find out about volunteer opportunities with AmeriCorps. Some opportunities pay a stipend; others help with college tuition; others help with preference for federal employment; but it all looks good on a resume and helps local communities.
  • Utah State University Career Services
    Links to information about looking for a job and links to websites posting job openings for Utah State University students and alumni.
  • GettingHired.com
    CSX Corporation is hiring finance and commercial management trainees. Bachelors Degree in business or operations management field and at least one year of related work experience is required. CSX is interested in hiring from the disability community.

Training and Information

  • Before and During High School
    • A Life 4 Me
      From the Partnership for People with Disabilities in Virginia, this cyber community is for middle-school students to help them explore and learn about jobs as they transition to high school.
    • Guideposts for Success: Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning Experiences
      National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD), this page has breif suggestions for work-based learning, opportunities for students to learn through job shadowing, on-the-job training, or other work experiences.
    • Students and Recent Graduates
      From the U.S. Government, this website has information about job openings, creating a resume, internships, volunteering, and more.
    • NCWD-Youth.info
      The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) released an updated version of its content rich website, http://www.ncwd-youth.info/. The updated version of the website offers new content areas focusing on what all youth need with an emphasis on youth with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
  • After High School
    • Employment
      This website, from the State of Utah, offers tips, tools, and job postings to help you learn about finding a job; learn about employment rules; find a youth program; and more.
    • Utah State University Disability Resource Center
      Most colleges and universities will have a Disability Resource Center that offers services to help students with disabilities get access to programs and services in college.
    • Partners in Employment
      This detailed self-study course helps people with disabilities learn about employment issues and understand their strenghts, skills, and interests. The course takes about six hours to complte and there are additional assignments; from the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.
    • Medical Billing and Coding Online
      Commercial site with information about certification, schools, and scholarships that help with jobs in the medical billing and coding field.
  • After College
    • Workforce Recruitment Program
      For college students with disabilities, this program from the federal Department of Labor connects students with employers for summer or permanent jobs.

Tips from Youth and Young Adults

From Careers, Colleges, & Consoles: The brains behind the games.
  • When you think about where you want to work, think about the company.
    • Will the company be there in 5 or 10 years?
    • Do I like the company and their policies (how they treat workers and the public)?
    • Does the company offer benefits like health insurance, sick leave, vacation, retirement, etc.?
    • Visit the company and see if you like being there.  (Some people don’t like being in stores, hospitals, schools, etc. all day long.)
  • Think about what you like to do and what you are good at doing.
  • When you are looking for jobs:
    • check national, state, and local government listings (Sandy City Parks and Recreation);
    • check public job websites (http://oddjobnation.com/);
    • look in newspapers; and
    • visit the company’s website or ask a manager for an application.
  • To get experience, build your resume, or to see if you like a similar job, try volunteering.  Many community organizations, hospitals, and other places have volunteer opportunities.
  • When you can’t find your favorite job, try a different job to get work experience and some money.  Your boss will notice and maybe someone else will too.
    • Show up on time.
    • Work hard.
    • Have a good attitude.
    • Stick with it.
  • Try to stick with your job for a while since “job hopping” doesn’t look good to your next employer.  They will wonder why you can’t keep a job for very long.
  • When you are thinking about college, talk to your case worker and see if they can help you find information about applications, scholarships, or other help.
  • One young adult asked about Rehabilitation jobs. The long-term prospect for jobs in this area is promising due to state and federal funding. For more information, visit https://statejobs.utah.gov/.
  • What was your first job?
    • Working at Chuck E Cheese serving food, washing dishes, cleaning, and entertaining.
    • Working at Hogle Zoo serving fast food.
    • Working as a janitor washing windows and taking out the trash.
    • Working for a catering business cooking, serving, and washing dishes.
    • Working at a used car lot cleaning cars.
    • Being an actress on Touched by an Angel.
    • Working as a teacher at the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Last updated: November 13, 2018.

"This web page was made with government support by a Youth Information, Training, and Resource Center (YITRC) grant, #90DN0232, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD). The goal of the YITRC grants is to support an increasing ability of individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise greater choice, self-determination and to engage in leadership activities in their communities."

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