United States Department of Labor: Americans with Disabilities Act: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services. As it relates to employment, Title I of the ADA protects the rights of both employees and job seekers. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay servicesTitle IV, which is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), also requires closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements.

IRS: Tax benefits for business who have employees with disabilities

AAPD works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by acting as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter.  2013 H STREET, NW, 5TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON, DC 20006 Phone: (202)521-4316 or (800) 840-8844

Disability Solutions deliver custom solutions in outreach, recruiting, talent management and compliance. Disability Solutions focuses on helping corporations tap new channels for qualified talent, manage culture change, leverage federal and state hiring incentives, respond to a changing regulatory environment, and strengthen their workforce through diversity. Follow them on Twitter or speak with someone directly call (888) 832-8247

Lead Center: The LEAD Center’s work focuses on promoting innovation in policy, employment and economic advancement to advance individual and systems level change for all people with disabilities. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter. National Disability Institute 1667 K Street, NW Suite 640 Washington, DC  20006 Phone: (202) 296-2040 E-mail: info@leadcenter.org

Picasso Einstein wants individuals and families with developmental disabilities to have options when it comes to employment. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter or speak with someone directly call (800) 554-2263 or e-mail: Start@PicassoEinstein.com

Yes! Youth Employment Solutions Center: Their mission is to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter. 1875 Eye Street NW, Suite 582, Washington, D.C. 20006 Phone: (202) 429-2080 E-mail: info@yestoemployment.org

Employment Policy and Measurement: The mission of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) is to support the disability and policy communities as they take on important policy issues.

PEAT: Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology: The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative to foster collaboration and action around accessible technology in the workplace. Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter

Businesses owned and/or run by individuals with additional needs:

Connecticut:

Prospector Theater:  The Prospector Theater, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides meaningful employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater located in the heart of historic downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter 25 Prospect Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 Phone: (203) 438-0136 E-mail: info@prospectortheater.org

New York:

John’s Crazy Socks: They are spreading happiness through socks! Follow them on Facebook & Twitter.  40 Republic Road Melville, NY 11747 Phone: (631) 760-5625 e-mail: Service@JohnsCrazySocks.com

North Carolina:

Reason To Bake: Reason to Bake is an artisan small-batch bakery in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains, specializing in gluten-free, all-natural cookies that are freshly made from scratch and available to ship around the country. Our mission is to provide delicious baked goods for a gluten-free lifestyle, while growing a successful company that hires and trains intellectually disabled adults. We create an environment in which there are no limits to what anyone can learn and accomplish. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter. Phone: (828) 421-9617 198 Cox Road Pisgah Forest, NC. 28768

Texas:

Underdawgs: At age 21 he attended a vocational program at Eastern New Mexico University designed for people with limited abilities. Since Austin had never learned to read, he was not a good candidate for a Chef job, but he quickly learned skills to be an excellent Prep Chef in the University cafeteria. His love of food had him yearning to own his own restaurant. Some 16 years later, Austin is taking his show on the road selling “Underdawg Hot Dogs” in his Traveling Dawgmobile! Follow them on Facebook & Twitter. 2900 Marquita Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76116 Phone: (817) 846-4447

Blake’s Snow Shack: 21-year old Blake Pyron has never been limited. Not by his community, not by his parents, and certainly not by his Down Syndrome. That’s why he rolled up his sleeves, stocked up on syrup and opened Blake’s Snow Shack for business.  Follow them on Facebook & Twitter. Phone: (940) 231-3338  E-mail: MARYANN@BLAKESSNOWSHACK.COM  401 Locust, Sanger, TX 76266

Advocates:

Abigail Adams: She is an actress, model, and advocate for everyone who needs encouragement and inspiration. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.

David Egan: David is the first person with an intellectual disability to be awarded the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship. Follow him on Facebook & Twitter.

Eileen Grubba: She is an advocate for children with disabilities, families with genetic cancers, and fights for the inclusion of performers with disabilities in film and television. Follow her on Twitter.

Elijah Mayfield: Follow him on Twitter.

Empower Us: A project led by self-advocates to help build self-advocacy and inclusion around the world. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter.

Sujeet Desai: He graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High school in Syracuse, New York with (4.3 GPA) honor roll. In May 2003 I graduated from the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, Massachusetts after two-year residential Post-secondary study in Music and Human services. Follow him on Facebook.

Temple Grandin: Dr. Grandin became a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.  Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Follow her on Twitter.