The New York State Department of Labor provides seamless services and accessibility to all individuals in our Career Centers, including people with disabilities. It is the policy of the New York State Department of Labor and the State of New York to provide universal access and full participation in all of its programs, services and activities.
Universal Access to Career Centers
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 all of our career centers are currently closed.
The Career Centers provide employment services to all job seekers, including those who have disabilities. Some of these services include career counseling, resume development, career workshops, computers/internet access, computer workshops, job search resources and placement assistance, career resource library, access to phone/fax/copier and short-term training for long-term careers(subject to funding availability and program regulations). The Career Centers can also provide connections to other community organizations and resources for additional services and supports.
Disability Resource Coordinators
There are Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs) available in some of the Career Centers. The DRCs are funded by sources including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the New York Employment Services System (NYESS).
Some examples of the assistance a coordinator can provide include:
- Operating under an Employment Network to provide workforce development and employment services for job seekers under the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program
- Providing free benefits counseling to Ticket to Work participants (most are credentialed Benefits and Work Incentives Advisors)
- Developing and maintaining connections with other service organizations and agencies
- Ensuring that job seekers with disabilities have access to all of the different programs and services they need to meet their employment and asset development goals
- Assisting in maintaining and ensuring the accessibility of the Career Centers
New York Employment Services System
The New York Employment Services System (NYESS) is a comprehensive employment system that provides New Yorkers – regardless of their (dis)Ability with a single point of access to employment services and related supports. In addition, NYESS is a statewide Administrative Employment Network (EN) whereby a Social Security beneficiary (ages18-64) can assign their Ticket to Work to NYESS and access employment services from a variety of providers, including many NYS Career Centers, throughout New York State that are participating in the NYESS Administrative Employment Network.
More information about NYESS is available on their Customer Information page.
ACCES-VR (formerly known as VESID) is a state agency that provides vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, including training opportunities and job placement services. ACCES-VR partners with the New York State Department of Labor. More information about ACCES-VR services can be obtained at your local Career Center.
Locate an ACCES-VR district office near you.
You can also call 1-800-222-JOBS(5627).
NYS Commission for the Blind
The mission of the NYS Commission for the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence, and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind.
For more information or to find a local office near you please call 1-866-871-3000 or TTY 1-866-371-6000.
- Information on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- National Center on Workforce Disability
- New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
- Job Accommodation Network
- Social Security Administration (SSA)
- SSA Red Book
- Ticket to Work and Social Security Work Incentives
- Frequently Asked Questions About Working With A Disability
- New York State Civil Service Information for Workers with Disabilities
- New York State Civil Service 55-b/c Recruitment Resources Center
- Schedule A Hiring Authority Information for Federal Jobs
- Section 503 Regulations for Federal Contractors and Sub-Contractors
- NYS Worker’s Compensation Board
- Information on Disability Benefits for Off-the-Job Injuries and Illnesses