EMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITY
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) establishes the employment of people with disabilities as priority. Because employment is the first priority and preferred outcome for people with disabilities, the IowaWORKS network of American Job Centers provides employment, education, and training services all in one place, offering a wealth of information and assistance for job seekers, partners and employers. Each American Job Center offers accommodations and assistive technology to meet the needs of job seekers with disabilities.
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is also part of a collaborative network of statewide partners who offer services to people with disabilities. The Iowa Workforce Partners are:
Iowa Workforce Development
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (became a division of IWD when state government reorganized in July 2023)
Iowa Department for the Blind
Iowa Department of Human Services
Iowa Department of Human Rights/ Office of Persons with Disabilities
Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council
Iowa Department on Aging
In addition to the assistance that can be found at each American Job Center, there are several online resources for job seekers, partners, and employers, such as:
- The Job Accommodations Network: https://askjan.org/
- The Employer Assistance and Resource Network: https://askearn.org/
- The Disability Resource Database: http://search.iowacompass.org/
- National Resource and Referral Information https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics
TICKET TO WORK
Individuals that receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) cash payments from the Social Security Administration and who are working or have an interest in working should consider partnering with IWD and the Ticket to Work program. This short video “Meet Ben” provides an easy-to-understand overview of the Ticket program.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
To be eligible, individuals must meet both of the below criteria:
- Individuals must currently receive SSDI and/or SSI.
- Be between the ages 18-64.
SERVICES FOR THOSE THAT QUALIFY MAY INCLUDE
The Ticket program is free and voluntary and helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence through services such as:
- Benefits Planning
- Job Search Assistance
- Resume and Cover Letter Development
- Connection to Education and Training Resources
HOW TO GET STARTED
Visit this page to learn more about Ticket to Work. For more information on the program or any other employment and disability questions, please complete this convenient form, and we will contact you by your preferred method. You can also contact the Disability Services Program Coordinator via our online Workforce Services Form or call (515) 725-3666.