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Alternative Employment Options

Programs that provide or assist people in obtaining work arrangements that are alternatives to traditional permanent, full-time jobs. Included are positions that involve part time work, contract work, temporary work, day labor, on-call work, seasonal work or jobs that are not expected to last longer than one year.

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New York Arc Chapters

Arc programs continue to be leaders in providing supportive home environments to people with developmental disabilities. Through the Arc, people are able to live in comfortable houses and apartments and are encouraged to become active members of their community. This website provides a directory of all Arc Programs in New York State.

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NYS Career Center Locator

The NYS Department of Labor (DOL) has career centers located throughout New York State. These centers provide convenient no cost job search services to job-seekers. Services include: career counseling; skills assessment; resume development; career workshops (such as job search strategies, networking, interview skills, etc.); computer and internet access; computer workshops; Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language; phones, faxes and copiers; career resource library; job search resources and job placement assistance; vocational classroom training for those that qualify; financial aid for training; online Talent Bank; access to qualified service providers; and referrals to other educational, training and social services. The department's career center website has a career center locator tool that uses zip codes to locate a center closest to where you live.

Many career centers have disability resource coordinators. Contact information for all career centers and disability resource coordinators are available in our mapping tool. 

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NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

The mission of the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) is to enhance employability, to maximize independence, and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind. CBVH provides vocational rehabilitation and other direct services to legally blind New York State residents, including children, adults, and elderly persons.

One of CBVH's primary objectives is to assist consumers in achieving economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society. CBVH offers these services from seven district offices across the state. CBVH works closely with not-for-profit agencies for the blind throughout New York State to provide technical, educational and resource assistance to our consumers.

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NYS Governor's Program to Hire Individuals with Disabilities

This is the application for the NYS Governor's Program to Hire Individuals with Disabilities Under Sections 55-b and 55-c of the Civil Service law.

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Office of Federal Acknowledgement Peer TA - Strengthening Self-sufficiency Pathways

OFA Peer TA facilitates the sharing of information across state and local agencies implementing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The goal of Peer TA is to establish linkages among TANF agencies and their partners serving TANF and low-income families at the state, county, local, and tribal level. The Peer TA website acts as a dissemination and communications vehicle, supporting the Peer TA Network in the provision of technical assistance, facilitating a dialogue among organizations serving TANF and low-income families, and helping organizations learn about innovative programs and the latest research around effective strategies to successfully support TANF and low-income families on a path to self-sufficiency.

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Pure Vision Arts

Pure Vision Arts (PVA) is New York’s first specialized art studio and exhibition space for people with developmental disabilities. PVA is staffed by trained professionals with backgrounds in art education, fine arts, and art therapy who provide mentoring and support to the artists who attend the studio.

Pure Vision Arts is ultimately about facilitating social change by creating opportunities for access and inclusion in the arts for people with neurological challenges. Many PVA artists have led extraordinary lives and the sheer power and uniqueness of their work helps to break down negative public misperceptions and stereotypes about people who have disabilities. In a very short time, PVA has become a vital resource for new and emerging artists of vision who would otherwise remain culturally and socially isolated.

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Skills Gap Roadmap for Case Managers

Navigating Online Career Exploration and Planning Tools: A Skills Gap Roadmap for Case Managers helps case managers guide job-seekers through the career exploration and planning process. Many of these tools could also be used by parents.

The guide covers:
  • Practical tips for how case managers can understand several online career planning tools at their disposal.
  • Eight "At-A-Glance" templates that help case managers determine which electronic tools are most helpful to meet which customers’ needs.
  • "Career Transition Roadmaps" illustrating how case managers provide career exploration in three distinct scenarios.
  • An “E-Learning Resource Chart” that highlights additional resources for case managers who want to learn more.

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Tip Sheets - Employment, Education, Living Skills and More

This web page provides an extensive collection of downloadable tip-sheets, briefs, posters, infographics and videos, many of which were developed and reviewed with input from young adults with serious mental health conditions and given their "stamp of approval."

Education

  • What is a 504 Plan and How Can it Help my Teen?
  • My Mental Health Rights on Campus
  • Teens on IEPs: Making my Transitions Services Work for Me
  • Tools for School: Accommodations for College Students with Mental Health Challenges

Living Skills

  • Telling your Money What to Do: The Young Adults Guide
  • How to Speak up and be Heard: Self Advocacy
  • My Must Have Papers
  • Keeping in Contact with Your Professional
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI), What Happens to your SSI when you Turn 18?

Other

  • Becoming an Adult: Challenges for those with Mental Health Conditions
  • Young Adults Getting Involved: Participatory Action Research & Transition Age Youth
  • Crossing the Divide: Programs that Bridge Child and Adult Mental Health Services
  • Building a Community of Practice to Support Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

 

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Transition Tool Kit

The guiding principle Autism Speaks used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your own unique path to adulthood.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council