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Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national awareness campaign that takes place each October. The 2015 theme is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” NDEAM history traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the observation to a month and changed it to its current name.


Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) provides quality individualized services to enhance and support people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or retain employment. The individual will work closely with a VR Counselor throughout the process. Through active participation in their rehabilitation, people with disabilities achieve greater level of independence in their work place and living environments. VS is a program of the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) within the Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA). Click here to learn more about programs and services provided through VR.

WorkOne Assistance for Hoosiers with Disabilities

WorkOne welcomes all Hoosiers and provides reasonable accommodations to ensure that its buildings, programs, and services are accessible.

Employment Assistance: WorkOne provides services in both individual and group settings. Some locations may require you to attend an orientation session to identify the services you are eligible for or fit your individual needs. Visit your local WorkOne to find out how to get started.

Reasonable Accommodations: Materials in alternate formats and reasonable accommodations are provided to job seekers upon request. Depending on the specific request, advance notice may be required. Visit your local WorkOne office to inquire about reasonable accommodations and/or receive information on services offered. Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

  • Materials in alternate formats;
  • An individual meeting rather than group orientation; and
  • Assistance with filling out forms.

Assistive Technology: WorkOne locations are equipped with a variety of accessible equipment. Please note that WorkOne locations differ in the types of equipment offered. Contact or visit your local WorkOne office to inquire about the availability of equipment. Examples of assistive technology include:

  • Screen reader and magnification software
  • Braille translator
  • Text to speech software
  • Adjustable desks
  • Text Telephone / Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TTY / TDD)
  • Alternate access/input devices (i.e. one-handed keyboards, trackball mice, on-screen keyboards)
  • Large monitors
  • Headsets

Click here to view WorkOne locations.

Disability Resources

Indiana's Disability Employment Initiative

In 2012, Indiana was one of seven states to receive grant funding to implement the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). The initiative is jointly funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy.

DEI aims to improve education, training, and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities (ages 18-64) who are:

  • Unemployed
  • Underemployed
  • and/or Receiving Social Security disability benefits.

DEI is administered in specific locations; click here for a list of counties. To learn more about DEI, viewers can access

Ticket to Work
Individuals participating in the Ticket to Work (TtW) Program can connect with Certified Benefits Counselors to discuss how returning to work impacts Social Security benefits. Not sure if you are part of Ticket to Work? Click here for more information.

Request for Application
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) to solicit state contracted Community Mental Health Centers who provide case management and supportive services to individuals with moderate to severe mental illnesses. Applicants shall focus their work on innovative approaches to improve access to services, education and training, and employment for members of this population group.