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Professional resources

Explore guides, trainings and other resources to help people engage, plan, find and keep employment.


  • LEAD Center
    The LEAD Center is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations dedicated to improving employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people with disabilities.
  • Job Accommodation Network
    The Job Accommodation Network provides free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations to employers as well as employees, job seekers, family members and service providers.
  • Ticket to Work
    This Social Security Administration site offers resources, success stories and tools to help Social Security disability beneficiaries who want to work.
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth
    The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth is a go-to resource for information about employment and youth with disabilities.
  • Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center
    The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center works with state Vocational Rehabilitation programs and their partners to effectively implement the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • National Disability Institute
    The National Disability Institute works to empower people with disabilities and their families to build a better financial future. The site offers financial wellness resources and guided group discovery resources for customized employment.
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
    ODEP offers strategies, practices, technical assistance to help improve opportunities and workplace success for people with disabilities. 
  • Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)
    IEL provides coaching, resources, and  professional development to help eliminate systemic barriers in education and workforce development. 


  • Minnesota Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)
    The Minnesota Association of People Supporting Employment First is the state chapter of the national Association of People Supporting Employment First, the national voice on workplace inclusion. The site offers training and employment resources plus information on state chapter activities.
  • Minnesota STAR Program
    STAR stands for a System of Technology to Achieve Results. STAR's mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play.
  • Employment First dashboards
    These dashboards from the Minnesota Department of Human Services show local and statewide progress toward fulfilling Minnesota's Employment First policy.
  • National Core Indicators
    National Core Indicators (NCI) is a program that gathers a standard set of performance and outcome measures that can be used to track performance over time and across states, as well as establish national benchmarks for state developmental disabilities services agencies. Minnesota's NCI data includes a work domain that provides data about finding and maintaining community integrated employment.
  • DEED data tools
    This collection of resources from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts look at Minnesota's economy and workforce. Data tools dig deep into employment, unemployment, wages and occupations, regional and state comparisons, and more.
  • DEED research and reports
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development offers recent annual reports and special reports from the State Rehabilitation Council.
  • Employment and economic outcomes by race, ethnicity, and gender for individuals with and without disabilities, 2017 (PDF)
    This report by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston provides state-specific employment outcomes across race and disability status. Minnesota's data (page 31) presents stark disparities when looking at the intersection between race and disability.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) can help people with disabilities prepare for, find and maintain employment, and live as independently as possible. Find local VRS contacts with this VRS field staff directory (PDF).
  • County human service agencies can help people get the programs, services and supports they need.
  • Employment service providers can help people with disabilities prepare for, find and keep competitive integrated employment. Find local waiver employment service providers through this licensing information lookup tool.
  • Schools help youth with disabilities explore work, get work experiences, and work with VRS to find and keep jobs. Use this interactive map to find your student's school district.
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