Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

Transition Resources

Jobs and Job Training

Department of Employee Relations (DOER)
State of Minnesota.

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.

Department of Labor-Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is an agency within the U. S. Department of Labor. ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment.

Goodwill/Easter Seals
Goodwill/Easter Seals' mission is to provide services for people with barriers to employment in our community.

In this site you will find job listings, volunteer opportunities, and internship opportunities from around the world.

ISEEK, the Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge, is a Web-based gateway to Minnesota career, employment, education, and business development information and services.

Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor. JAN is one of several ODEP projects. JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects. JAN's efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities. JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available.

Minnesota Career Resource Network
The objective of the Minnesota Career Resource Network (MCRN) is to improve career and education decision-making by supporting cross-agency strategies.MCRN serves Minnesota's learners, career explorers, educators and employers. It is active in School-to-Work programs, career and education information dissemination and product development, career development training and occupational-oriented research.

A site that focuses on career development issues related to high school students.

Minnesota School to Work
Minnesota's School-to-Work Initiative is to create a system that provides learners with options for receiving quality education and preparation for careers. This requires that varied and flexible school-based, work-based, and service learning opportunities be created that meet a broad range of learner interests, abilities, and needs.

MN Workforce Center
The website for the Department of Economic Security. The 53 Minnesota WorkForce Centers and numerous affiliate sites that make up the WorkForce Center System across Minnesota provide the tools, resources, and services you need for your employment, training, and related workforce development needs.

Minnesota Work Incentives Connection
This site was created as a tool for people with disabilities and those who work with them. Inside you will find information on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the various work incentives that apply to these programs.
Monster® is the leading global online careers website. Monster is a lifelong career network, providing continuous access to the most progressive companies, as well as interactive, personalized tools to make the process effective and convenient. Features include: My Monster, your personal career management office; resume management, with the ability to store up to five different resumes; a personal job search agent; a careers network; chats and message boards; privacy options; expert advice on job-seeking; and free career management newsletters.

National Business & Disability Council
The National Business & Disability Council is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

Pioneer Press Career Builder
Pioneer Press’s job bank.

Star Tribune Work Avenue
Work Avenue is the leading employment Web site in the Twin Cities area, featuring employment news and information, thousands of job opportunities, e-mail links directly to employers, resume building software, and a custom employment matching program. Job seekers have all their employment tools at their fingertips, from the ability to research potential hiring companies to gaining workplace advice to applying for jobs online.

VolunteerMatch is the nonprofit, online service that helps interested volunteers get involved with community service organizations throughout the United States.

Volunteer Resource Center-Twin Cities
The Volunteer Center of St. Paul and the United Way Volunteer Center of Minneapolis kicked off the 21st century by joining to form the Volunteer Resource Center of the Twin Cities. VRC provides the leadership, resources and networking to create stronger communities through volunteer action in the greater Twin Cities area.

The purpose of this center is to identify factors that enhance or inhibit businesses from tapping into a pool of potential employees. Work is a gateway to information, resources, and services regarding the employment of people with disabilities. Developed at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Post-Secondary Education and Training

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
TheMinnesota State Colleges and Universities system is made up of 27 two-year colleges (community and technical colleges) and seven state universities.

Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning
The Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning works to help communities to measurably improve the well-being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation of young people for the world of work. All department efforts emphasize the achievement of positive results for children and their families.

Department of Education
Information on US Department of Education activities, initiatives, and resources.

Department of Education-Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)
OVAE's activities fall into four areas: High Schools, Career and Technical Education, Community Colleges, and Adult Education and Literacy. Find information on these topics, plus related legislation, grants and other resources

Independent Living

Courage Center
The mission of Courage Center is to empower people with physical disabilities to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life. We are guided by the vision that one day, all people will live, work, learn and play in a community based on abilities not disabilities.

Minnesota Association of Independent Living Centers (MACIL)
Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living (MACIL) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advocate for the independent living needs of persons with disabilities who are citizens of the State of Minnesota, and to develop new resources and identify and provide access to existing resources which provide the services needed by persons with disabilities so that they may live independently in the situation and community of their choice.MACIL’s web site is dedicated to providing information about independent living, services provided by Minnesota's eight Centers for Independent Living (CILs), and links to disability related information around the world.

Independent Living Research Utilization
The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field.

Independent Living USA
Website focusing on IL.

Research and Training Center on IL
Our strategic mission is to enhance Independent Living (IL) for all. We make IL better by working with consumers, providing quality research, and widely disseminating effective and relevant products.

Community Involvement

City of Minneapolis

Hennepin County

City of St. Paul

Ramsey County

Metropolitan Council
The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and providing essential services to the region.

Metro Transit
Information on Twin Cities metro bus services.

Metro Commuter Services
Metro Commuter Services has been promoting alternative transportation to commuters who live or work in the Twin Cities metro area since 1977. We are a one-stop resource for commuter transportation information. Whether you telecommute, walk, bike, bus, or car or vanpool to work or school, we offer a free service of information and ride matching for all commuters.

Metro Mobility
Metro Mobility is the door-through-door public transportation system for people with disabilities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and many adjoining suburbs. Door-through-door service means that drivers will help riders through the first set of doors at both their pick-up points and their destinations.

North Star
For individuals to participate fully in a democratic system of government, they must have the greatest possible access to government information and data. This site has links to all state, county, and city resources.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides health care, economic assistance and other services for people who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs.

Minnesota Department of Health
The mission of the Minnesota Department of Health is to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans.


Regional Park Systems
The regional parks system includes 43 parks and park reserves, 18 trails and four special recreation areas.

City Pages
The On-line News, Arts, and Entertainment Weekly of the Twin Cities.

City Search-Twin Cities
Citysearch is a leading local network enabling people to get the most out of their city. Providing online city guides for more than 100 cities worldwide, helps people find and plan what they want to do and then lets them take action, offering local transactions such as buying event tickets and making hotel and restaurant reservations online.

Wilderness Inquiry
Wilderness Inquiry (WI) provides outdoor adventure for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. WI travels to over 35 destinations by canoe, sea kayak, dog sled, horse pack, and backpack. Join the community of Wilderness Inquirers. All you need is a sense of adventure.

Universal Access Guide to MN's Recreation Areas
A guide to help individuals with disabilities utilize the recreational areas in the state of Minnesota.

Assistive/Adaptive Technology

Alliance for Technology Access
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers and Vendors, Affiliates, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

Assistive Technology Industry Association
The mission of the ATIA is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. The ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities.

AT Network
California's AT Network is dedicated to expanding the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for all Californians

Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research (CATOR)
CATOR’s overall mission is to conduct multiple research projects on AT outcomes and impacts to determine the effectiveness and usefulness of AT and the implications for use/discontinuance of AT devices.

Closing the Gap
Through our newspaper, annual conference, and Web site, Closing The Gap provides practical up-to-date information on assistive technology products, procedures, and best practices.

DISABILITY Resources on the Internet
These pages were created and are maintained solely by Jim Lubin, who is a C2 quadriplegic, completely paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe, using an keyboard/mouse emulator with a sip and puff switch to type morse codes. Information will be updated when I have time.

Equal Access to Software and Information
EASI's mission is to serve as a resource by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.

National Rehabilitation Association
Not long after Congress passed the National Rehabilitation Act of 1920, the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) began its commitment to persons with disabilities. As the oldest and strongest advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities, our mission is to provide advocacy, awareness and career advancement for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society Of North America (RESNA)
is an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Our purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. We serve that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy, and the provision of technology and by supporting the people engaged in these activities. RESNA was founded in 1979 as a not-for-profit professional organization. There are currently over 1600 individual and 150 organizational members.<

Tech Connections
Your one-stop resource for information on Assistive Technology (AT) designed to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace and in everyday life activities.

The ABLEDATA database contains information on more than 29,000 assistive technology products (over 19,000 of which are currently available), from white canes to voice output programs.  The database contains detailed descriptions of each product including price and company information.  The database also contains information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs.  To select devices most appropriate to your needs, we suggest combining ABLEDATA information with professional advice, product evaluations, and hands-on product trials.

Adaptive Device Locator System
The Adaptive Device Locator System, abbreviated ADLS, is a set of databases that help users obtain information about specialized equipment and devices that can compensate for barriers imposed by limited physical capabilities. Elderly persons, people with disabilities, educators, and helping professionals can use the Locator to identify assistive and adaptive devices that can increase independence, facilitate education, and improve quality of life.

Assistive Technology in Special Education
Assistive Technology Outcomes - MeasureTools
Assistive Technology Training and Information Center
AT Network Assistive Technology
Center for Accessible Technology
Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) home page
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Center for Enabling Tech
CITA Homepage
Closing the Gap - Computer Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation
Federal IT Accessibility Initiative
IBM Accessibility Center
Knowbility, Inc.
Learning Independence Through Computers
Microsoft Accessibility HOME
STAR Program
The Center for Research in Educational and Adaptive Technology-assisted Environments
The World Wide Web Consortium
Trace Research and Development Center
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Home Page
WGBH-Media Access

Research/Policy/General News and Information

Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (formerly the American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) is a 501(c) non-profit organization that promotes and supports the national network of university centers on disabilities, which includes University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (DDRC).

Institute on Community Integration (ICI)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition seeks to increase the capacity of national, state and local agencies and organizations to improve secondary education and transition results for youth with disabilities and their families. The Center is headquartered at the University of Minnesota.

The Institute for Community Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community. As practitioners, researchers, and teachers, we form partnerships with individuals, families, and communities. Together we advocate for personal choice, self-determination, and social and economic justice.

TransCen Inc.
TransCen, a name adopted to illustrate its role as a "transition center," is known nationally for its expertise in training and technical assistance, as well as advocacy efforts to improve educational and employment outcomes for all individuals.

Transition Research Institute (TRI)
The Transition Research Institute at the University of Illinois, established in 1985, identifies effective practices, conducts intervention and evaluation research, and provides technical assistance activities that promote the successful transition of youth with disabilities from school to adult life. TRI also serves as an information resource for teachers, service providers and researchers statewide, nationally and internationally.

All Means All School-to-Work
The purpose of this project is to recognize and celebrate the efforts of local school-to-work partners across the country who are committed to doing "whatever it takes" to ensure access to and choice by all learners within their local school-to-work system.

Education Minnesota
10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black">Education Minnesota was formed to provide a united voice for public education, leadership in education innovation, dedication to Minnesota students and families, and an unwavering commitment to the welfare of its members. Its members guide Minnesota students from their preschool years through their K-12 education, and on through Minnesota's community and technical colleges, and the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

Education Planet
7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman"">Education Planet's experienced educators, programmers and business professionals are committed to delivering powerful, easy to use web-based applications to K-12 teachers. Education Planet also provides teachers, students and parents with convenient access to quality, teacher approved educational resources.

DirectAbility is the definitive source of information for the disability community in Minnesota. The businesses and organizations listed provide disability-related products, services, resources and information designed with people with disabilities in mind.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI)
Mouth Magazine
Education Development Center, Inc.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI)
Disability Resources Monthly (DRM)

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The Mission of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living is to assist people with disabilities to fulfill their desire to lead productive self-determined lives.