• Do your AJC Business Services teams actively partner with VR and/or other disability partners for a coordinated approach with employers?
  • Are AJC and VR customers with disabilities and/or multiple resource needs regularly referred for OJT, apprenticeships, and other work-based opportunities?
  • Do AJCs host job fairs/recruitment events that they proactively promote to disability partners and people with disabilities?
  • Do AJCs join and collaborate on offering diversity fairs and other job fairs that promote qualified individuals with disabilities?
  • Do WIOA programs seek support and expertise from VR and other disability organizations to share information with employers on their Return on Investment (ROI) and other benefits of hiring people with disabilities?

Actions (to take individually or as a team)

  • Learn if/how your state/local VR and disability partners work with AJC business services staff to identify sector/industry needs, develop jobs, create apprenticeships, provide training and OJT opportunities, and/or support Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work
  • Learn how other regions nationally are successfully joining forces in their work with employers to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Explore real-life examples of how VR and other disability employment partners identify opportunities for the customization of jobs.
  • Research how business needs are assessed with employers and how VR and other disability employment partners may work together to identify opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities.
  • Explore forming cross-agency Business Services teams to increase career opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Research how VR and workforce systems determine if an individual is eligible for an OJT and if they have leveraged resources for people with disabilities to benefit from an OJT.
  • Identify apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning experiences that might be available through AJCs, VR, schools, community colleges, and other institutes of higher education.
  • Research Career Pathways initiatives in your state/region, and explore opportunities for the inclusion of youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Identify opportunities to create or join Reverse Job Fairs and/or Job Fairs that provide outreach to job seekers with disabilities.