The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) houses the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, and help people with disabilities find and keep employment.
Clubhouses help people diagnosed with mental health conditions people build long-term relationships to support them in future employment, education, and housing. They have a vocational focus – they abide by the philosophy of a “work-ordered day” and the belief that work is restorative. They provide members with work opportunities both inside and outside the clubhouse and support to be successful in these opportunities, along with social activities and assistance with accessing community resources.
MassHire Career Centers are support centers that help people find work. They offer workshops, career counseling, job listings, information about job training, job postings, job fairs, and other employment-related services for job seekers.
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The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides information, resources, and guidance on workplace accommodations and disability-related employment issues. They help people with disabilities understand their rights, learn the benefits of requesting accommodations, and pinpoint the specific accommodations they need.
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ReachHire is a website by and for young adults. It offers tools, information, and advice designed to help young adults achieve their employment and educational goals.
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Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) is a program for people who have Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who are working, looking for work, or thinking about returning to work. The goal of WIPA is to enable people to receive accurate information about their benefits and work incentives, and use that information to make a successful transition to work.
- Project IMPACT is the WIPA program serving Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk counties
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- Work Without Limits Benefits Counseling is the WIPA program serving Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, and Worcester counties
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The Fair Employment Project (FEP) counsels Massachusetts workers with limited income about their rights on the job and the legal process. Areas that FEP can help with including communication with a supervisor or human resources, requesting accommodations, discrimination in the workplace, and understanding your rights.
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Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) works to enhance and protect the rights of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. They can provide information and advice about legal issue related to a person’s mental health condition, including discrimination in employment through their Employment Discrimination & Advocacy Project.
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