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North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

Current Priorities & Resources: Agency Priorities: Employment

By 2010 it is estimated that there will be ten million more jobs than workers. While our country is looking at a labor shortage, there continues to be a gap in U.S. employment rates. Nationally, approximately 37.7% of working-age individuals (ages 21-64) who report having a disability are employed in comparison to 79.7% of working-age individuals who report no disability and are employed. North Dakota rates better than the national average however, there remains a disparity between working-age individuals who report having a disability and those who report no disability. For more information, go to Cornell University/Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics.

SSA, as authorized by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, awarded Work Incentives Assistance Program grants to the designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system in each of the fifty States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the P&A system for Native Americans. SSA's P&A Program, known as Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), was created to serve Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who want to work despite their continuing disabilities. The goal of this program is to:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes what is called The Redbook. This is a general reference tool which provides information about SSA work incentives.

Resources

Client Assistance Program
Assists clients and client applicants of North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation services, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, or independent living services.

Employment Support for People with Disabilities
SSA's website with information about benefits and work incentives.

Independent Living Services
The purpose of independent living services is to eliminate barriers and provide assistance to individuals with disabilities so they can live and work more independently in their homes and communities. This site provides links to the Centers for Independent Living in North Dakota.

Individuals with Disabilities/Employment Rights
The Rocky Mountain Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Job Accommodation Network
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities.

National Disabilities Rights Network
NDRN issue page related to vocational rehabilitation, employment discrimination, and the employment of individuals with disabilities.

North Dakota Department of Labor
The State agency responsible for enforcing North Dakota labor and human rights laws and for educating the public about these laws.

Rehab Services, Inc.
A grant project funded by SSA to provide benefit planning assistance and outreach services to individuals in North Dakota receiving SSI and SSDI.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State of ND
The North Dakota division of the Department of Human Services that provides training and employment services to individuals with disabilities.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination are:

Work Incentives Support Center/Policy and Practice Briefs
A series of briefs published by Cornell University on vocational related issues.

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