Workers with Disabilities

As a worker with a disability – be it blindness, deafness, a physical disability, a mental disability, or a combination – it can feel like you are struggling against the entire world.

You’re not the first one.

There are many resources to equip you and your employers so that you can thrive in the workplace.

Under the “Skills Identification/Development” and “Get a Job” pages on this site, we have even more resources — but these are targeted specifically at workers with disabilities.

Under the “Assistance” page, we have non-job related resources for disabled workers.

Contact

Workers with disabilities — including physical, mental, and learning — have a specialized career contact at our Workforce Centers. Please contact her for specific employment program services, known as Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). The program cannot place you at a job, but they will equip you for the workforce. There are VRS centers in Marshall, Worthington, and Willmar.

Mimi Schafer, Rehabilitation Area Manager
320-587-5070
mimi.schafer@state.mn.us

Workers that are blind have a seperate program called State Services for the Blind (SSB).

State Services for the Blind
Lyon County Courthouse
607 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258-3009
1-800-366-4813
507-537-7114 (Voice)
507-537-6061 (TTY)

General

Information

  • The Disability Blog is an inspiring resource of the latest success stories of disabled workers.

Resources

  • The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities.
  • The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim a deduction of up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses
  • The Work Opportunity Credit (WOC) provides eligible employers with a tax credit up to 40 percent of the first $6,000 of first-year wages of a new, legally disabled employee. For disabled veterans, it is up to 40% of the first $12,000.
  • Ticket to Work assists people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on disability obtain. Individuals who are 18 to 64 years old and receiving SSDI or SSI cash benefits based on disability are eligible to receive a Ticket. Some restrictions apply. If you have not received a Ticket in the mail but feel you are eligible, you can contact the program through the website above. Find a service provider here.
  • Accessible Employment is a job board specifically for disabled workers

Physical Disability

Resources

  • AgrAbility is offered by the University of Minnesota to help disabled farmers adapt their property and equipment to the disability.

Veterans:

Serious Mental Illness

Information

Resources

The state of Minnesota offers extended employment opportunities for workers with a serious mental illness. Please contact Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) above for more information.

Blind

For employment services, please contact State Services for the Blind (SSB) above.

Information

Resources

Deaf

Youth

Information

Resources

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselors come to your school, or at least one close by. Click here to find the nearest one.
  • Entry Point! is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and helps connect students with disabilities with internships in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. Past partners have included IBM, Google, NASA, and Lockheed Martin.

FOR PERSONALIZED HELP OR ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER, PLEASE STOP IN TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE AT YOUR LOCAL WORKFORCE CENTER.

SEE THE CONTACT US TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION.