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Employment Policy Imperatives for Georgians with Disabilities

To realize the contributions of Georgia citizens with disabilities to the economic life of our state, a coordinated and focused approach to policymaking should be pursued. Click to view steps to take and see where Georgia is at within implementing these important imperatives. 

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Advancing Employment is Georgia’s Technical Assistance Center for Best Practices in Employment Supports. Advancing Employment partners with other TA Centers throughout the nation. Click button to see resources from partners.

Additional resources: employment of persons with disabilities

These resources are of interest to all audiences, including job seekers, their families, employers, and employment providers.


Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant designed to promote physical and programmatic access to job seekers with significant disabilities into Georgia’s workforce system. This grant provides assistance to job seekers that otherwise would have a difficult time accessing WIOA Title I services due to their need for higher level of service, coordination and support.  Learn More


Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity - The Equal Employment Division of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity is committed to eradicating unlawful discrimination in state government through its civil rights law enforcement authority. The Equal Employment Division is also committed to establishing justice and equal opportunity for all persons seeking employment and/or are currently government employees with the State of Georgia. It also provides educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with equal employment laws.  Learn More


Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)  - The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)  operates five integrated and interdependent programs that share a primary goal -- to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.  Learn More


Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - The Job Accommodation Network  (JAN) is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor. JAN is one of several ODEP projects. JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects. JAN's efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities.  Learn More


Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.  Learn More


State of Georgia ADA Coordinator's Office - The State of Georgia ADA Coordinator's Office provides state agencies the technical training and assistance necessary to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) requirements applicable to their public mission. The ADA Coordinator's Office helps state agencies understand requirements and issues concerning program accessibility, communications and employment for people with disabilities.  Learn More


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.  Learn More

American Civil Liberties Union’s Questions and Answers on the Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) developed a resource on the new Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule developed by the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The HCBS Settings Rule applies to all HCBS-funded programs, including non-residential services such as day and employment supports. The rule also requires opportunities for competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. Learn More

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) published its expectations, requirements, and standards for developmental disability providers serving people with disabilities in their communities. Fiscal Year 2019 Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers Learn More

National Organization on Disability 

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80% of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. Learn more

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