Resource Guide – Employment Issues

by KL on July 23, 2010

How can I get and keep a job?

We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own.

Getting a Job

Q. Where do I go to find a job? Does the county/state have job retraining programs? What do I disclose when applying for or accepting a job? Do I have to fill out a health form before I am hired?

A. The web has a wealth of resources for job seekers, including those who have a disability or a mental condition that might effect their ability to get and hold a job. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offers special protections while employed or looking for a job. The one stop job centers are the best place to start looking for help and information for finding a job or looking for special job training.

Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
This fact sheet addresses common questions about how the ADA and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) protects applicants with disabilities.

Finding a Job That Is Right for You: A Practical Approach to Looking for a Job as a Person with Disability
This Employment Guide from the Job Accommodation Network provides excellent advice for all steps of the job search process. It particularly addresses questions about what you have to disclose when.

California Department of Rehabilitation

Department of Rehabilitation Offices by County
The mission of the California Department of Rehabilitation is to work with individuals, service providers, employers and other stakeholders with the goal of employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

The Job Search Process For People Who Have Experienced or are Experiencing Mental or Emotional Illness
This paper discusses the concerns shared by job seekers who have a mental condition that might impact their job search.


CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy. It offers a wide spectrum of resources for every aspect of the job search.

America’s Service Locator
Enter your zip code to get links to the One Stop career centers in your area with a description of the services offered. Then click through to the specific center you’re interested in to pinpoint the services you want to use.

Connect! Workforce and Business Solutions for Silicon Valley
CONNECT! is a regional collaborative of employment, education, training and business development organizations dedicated to serving the workforce development needs of Silicon Valley. CONNECT! operates under the policy direction of the NOVA Workforce Board.

NOVA is a nonprofit, federally funded employment and training agency that provides customer-focused workforce development services.

NOVA is directed by the NOVA Workforce Board which works on behalf of a seven-city consortium composed of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.

Keeping the Job

Q. If I get ill after I get hired can I have “special accommodation” for my disability? I don’t want anyone to know.

A. There are a variety of opinions on how and when to disclose that you have a mental illness. The best approach is to review the laws that apply to requesting reasonable accommodations. Then you need to decide what are the demands of your job that are difficult to perform because of your mental condition and what accommodations would help alleviate the obstacles to your being able to perform your job.

Living Well with a Psychiatric Disability in Work and School
This is an interactive and informative web site from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University for people with a psychiatric condition. It provides an excellent collection of articles and resources addressing work related issues..

What Are Reasonable Accommodations?
The first step in identifying the accommodations you need is to know the demands of your job or coursework. The second step is to figure out your “functional limitations” — that is, how your disability may make it hard for you to meet those demands.

How does mental illness affect my work performance?

Disclosing Your Disability to an Employer

Frequently Asked Questions From Employers
This selection of Q & A’s shows you the employer’s perspective on disclosure and accommodation.

Employment Issues for People with Mental Illness

Myths and Facts about Mental Illness

Disability-Related Laws and Regulations – US Department of Labor

Government Disability Related Sites

Non-governmental Disability-Related Websites

Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health – Book

Schultz, Izabela Z.; Rogers, E. Sally (Eds.)
1st Edition., 2011, XX, 480 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4419-0427-0
Not yet published. Available: October 28, 2010

Losing the Job

Q. Where do I apply for unemployment benefits?

A. Eligibility for unemployment benefits is regulated by State laws. Use the service locator below to find the procedures for applying for unemployment benefits in your State.

State Unemployment Insurance Benefits
In general, the Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.

You should contact the State Unemployment Insurance agency as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. In some States, you can now file a claim by telephone or over the Internet.

America’s Service Locator
This clickable map takes you to each state’s unemployment application sites.

The California Unemployment Insurance Program
Links to general information about unemployment benefits and how to file your claim by phone or online.

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