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Employment resources for the Disabled : the Riley guide
A list of employment resources that include links to organizations that support people with disabilities.

Job seekers - get resources
The Think Beyond the Label jobs portal gives you information, tools and resources to help ensure that your job search results in meaningful employment in your chosen field. Unlike traditional job boards, Think Beyond the Label connects job seekers with businesses who are actively recruiting job candidates with disabilities. For those with a college degree or those who are earning one.

Services & programs for people in Oregon with developmental disabilities
Employment Support is a service that assists an individual to get, learn and keep a paid job/career in an integrated work setting where most of your co-workers are persons without disabilities. Paid work may be full time or part time. Each worker with a disability may have his or her own individual job or work within a small group called a crew or enclave.

What do you want to do for a living?
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options, including growing jobs.

Oregon Employment Department
A place to begin searching for jobs in Oregon.

State of Oregon Jobs
A place to search for State of Oregon jobs.

US Military
What is the military? In simple terms, the U.S. Armed Forces are made up of the five armed service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. There are three general categories of military people: active duty (full-time soldiers and sailors), reserve & guard forces (usually work a civilian job, but can be called to full-time military duty), and veterans and retirees (past members of the military).

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Information for OVRS clients and advocates, can also search for a local office and a contact.

Oregon workforce development
Includes Oregon youth conservation corps information, GED program, a list of careers, and other information on the left sidebar.

Young worker's rights
A site that explains the federal and state labor laws for youth.

Interviews: dressing for, questions to ask, things to know
This site is directed toward the college grad it is still very useful for anyone looking to have a successful interview.

Resumes and Cover letters
this site has all the information you need to create effective job search correspondence, including resumes and cover letters with examples (warning there are ads on the page that would charge you for their work).

Job search websites
A list of the top 10 job search sites, read the column titled Bottom line to find the best one for your needs.

Career development topics
Topics for a more detailed look at the career development process and steps that are important to you as you pursue a work life.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Oregon and Southwest Washington
The employment department at UCP is called Employment Solutions. We assist qualified job seekers who experience a disability to connect with employers who value what they bring to the workplace.

 

Post Secondary Education

College Resources for Disabled Students
Prospective college students with disabilities will find that many campuses are equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodation, and Assistive Technology for a diverse range of needs. Student services offices and disability coordinators at many colleges work to make campuses inclusive environments through specialized advocacy, support, and academic services.

Financial Aid Guide for Students with Disabilities
A financial aid and scholarship guide for students with disabilities, one of the few comprehensive and simple-to-use directories of its kind. It lists numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.

Financial Aid, scholarships and loans
A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools.  Access to FInAId is free for all users.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Disabled Students
There are many financing options and benefits available to disabled students. This is our guide to the opportunities out there.

Information for those planning to go to college
This site includes a university & college search tool, information about SAT, college admission, college planning, AP courses, and financial aid.

Students with disabilites preparing for college
Questions and answers about the differences in in rights for the disabled after leaving high school and their responsiblities.

Oregon Community College and workforce development
This has the Oregon Community College Directory

Campus Life
Answers questions about college life: establishing a budget, how to pick a college roommate, arrange a college schedule that you can live with, about your freshman year

Planning for college
With a variety of colleges available, you need to understand your options and choose the right college for you. A little college planning can put you on the road to success. You might need information about choosing a college or what questions to ask on your campus tour. You will also need to know how to prepare for college admission, understand application deadlines, find out about paying for college and financial aid, or maybe consider the available extracurricular activities at your schools of choice.

The first year at college, the transition year
Whether you need help picking a school that is the best fit, are looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or want guidance in making a smooth transition for a student dealing with an issue like depression, this site has the tools and information you need. The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

Career and Trade schools
A list of career trade schools in Oregon

Tips on selecting a private career school
Helpful tips on how to select a private career school 

 Job Corps
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

GED
GED Oregon has a list of GED exam resources and links

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in post secondary education.

 

Transition to adult life for students

Oregon High School Exit options
A list of oregon diplomas  and alternatives and their definitions

Career development
Topics for a more detailed look at the career development process and steps that are important for you as you pursue a work life.  You will find practical ideas about the career development process.

Resources for recreation
A national site that lists recreation that is accessible to people with disabilities

Fully Inclusive Theater Company Production for Youth
Emerging Leaders Players (ELP) is the first fully inclusive West Coast-based theater group for youth and adolescents (ages 13-30) with and without disabilities that live in and nearby Portland, Oregon. ELP is a part of a larger group of transition services offered through the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) located within the Institute on Development & Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health and Science University. 

Oregon Disability Sports
A resource directory of pacific northwest based sports and recreation programs

Volunteering
It helps answer the question where can I volunteer if I'm handicapped

Type into google search:  Volunteering in Oregon
There are so many sites on google that encourages volunteering, try a few of them to see if they would be a match for you

YMCA
We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

YWCA
The YWCA  USA is one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation

Driving
this page provides information about obtaining an Oregon Drivers license: 18 and older, under 18 or a commercial driver's license.

Other transportation in Oregon
Information about travel by train, bus and lightrail and other public transportation in Oregon

Independent Living Connections
This resource page is designed to help you and yours take apart the concept of independent living, examine its many elements, and put the concept back together again with concrete plans and insight into what it takes to turn the concept into reality.

Independent Living Resources: programs
By offering the four core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Counseling and Skills Training, Independent Living Resources helps people to help themselves.

Independent Living Resources: List of other resources
Independent Living Resources wants you to know about all the resources that are available to you. Here is a list of other organizations which we believe the people we serve would benefit knowing about.

Oregon Housing and Community Services
Affordable housing resources for Oregon

Rental and Housing Search
Connecting people with affordable housing in the Portland/Vancouver metro area

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Affordable housing resources

Fair Housing Council of Oregon
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon.  We promote equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. These laws protect against illegal housing discrimination based on “protected class status” in any housing transaction and, in fact, any housing situation.

 Searching  websites for information

Instructions on how to search google

While still in High School

Goal setting
here are 5 facts about goal setting

Effective study strategies
The Study Guides and Strategies website

How to organize your time
4 strategies to help you organize your time

Note taking skills
Note-taking is a skill that can help you do well on all your schoolwork — everything from taking tests to researching a paper. But unfortunately, most schools don't have classes that teach you how to take notes. So here are some tips.

Oregon High School Exit options
a list of high school diplomas and alternatives

Oregon Diploma credit requirements
These refer to state-wide requirements and serve as a minimum for graduation. Local districts may have additional graduation requirements. For the most complete list of requirements for graduation, please contact your local high school

Advanced Placement (AP) classes and test
The College Board's Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that you can take while still in high school. They offer you challenging course work and a taste of what college classes are like.

National Center for Learning Disabilities, top 10 tips for Students
This includes a top 10 list of ways for students with LD to orchestrate a successful transition  to college.

Planning for College
With a variety of colleges available, you need to understand your options and choose the right college for you. A little college planning can put you on the road to success. You might need information about choosing a college or what questions to ask on your campus tour. You will also need to know how to prepare for college admission, understand application deadlines, find out about paying for college and financial aid, or maybe consider the available extracurricular activities at your schools of choice.

Planning for a job
A place to begin when searching for jobs in Oregon

Planning to live independently
This resource page is designed to help you and yours take apart the concept of independent living, examine its many elements, and put the concept back together again with concrete plans and insight into what it takes to turn the concept into reality.

Fully Inclusive Theater Company Production for Youth
Emerging Leaders Players (ELP) is the first fully inclusive West Coast-based theater group for youth and adolescents (ages 13-30) with and without disabilities that live in and nearby Portland, Oregon. ELP is a part of a larger group of transition services offered through the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) located within the Institute on Development & Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health and Science University. 

Planning for additional education
A list of career trade schools in Oregon

Getting a driver's license
This page provides information on obtaining an Oregon Driver License (provisional) if you are under the age of 18. Other requirements apply if you are 18 years of age or older.

Job Corps
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

GED
GED Oregon has GED exam resources and links 

Youth Hood
Here you can start thinking about what you want to do with the rest of your life.  This website was built to help you plan for the future.

Teen's Health
Answers questions that teens have about health issues