Job Training & Employment for Those with Special Needs


This guide lists resources for those with any type of disability to find job training, job placement and additional services to assist them in their search for gainful employment. Most of the services here are for adults, unless they are noted to be for youth as well. Find other resource guides compiled by the Education & Job Information Center at

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American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001 / Phone: 212.502.7600 / Non-medical information and referrals relating to blindness and visual impairment. Free.
Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service
285 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 / 718.310.5600 / Support employment program with competitive job placement by a coach. Also has psychiatric day treatment, day care and family services. Free.
One-stop access to a wide range of information relating to the disabled, including employment, from federal government agencies and departments.
A .pdf version of EJIC's resource guide "Job Training & Employment for Those with Special Needs."
Federation Employment & Guidance Services - Brooklyn Work Services
3312-30 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224 / Phone: 718.449.7900 / Counseling, skills training, job preparation and placement for the learning and mentally disabled. Referral is required from Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID); call 718.722.6700. Free.
Fountain House
425 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036 / Phone: 212.582.0340 / Transitional employment for adults with mental illness, as well as housing services, educational and prevocational programs and case management. For ages 16-30. Free.
George Washington University HEATH Resource Center
The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center Clearinghouse has information for students with disablities on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. There is also information on financial assistance, scholarships, and materials that help students with disabilities transition into college, university, career-technical schools, or other postsecondary programs.
Helen Keller Services for the Blind
57 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 / Phone: 718.522.2122 / Find supported employment for the blind and deaf/blind. Free.
International Center for the Disabled
340 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010 / Phones: 212.585.6000 (voice), 212.585.6060 (TTY) / Vocational evaluation and training, counseling, job placement, social services and different therapeutic services for all disabilities. Referral is required from Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID); call 718.722.6700. For ages 16 and older. Free.
Job Accommodation Network
A service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Also has information about individualized work site accommodations, ADA and other disability-related laws and self-employment options. Phones: 800.526.7234 (voice), 877.781.9403 (TTY)
Resume posting and job search for the disabled.
Just One Break, Inc.
570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 601, New York, NY 10018 / Phones: 212.785.7300 (voice), 212.785.4515 (TTY) / Job placement for those with any disability. Referral is required from Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID); call 718.722.6700. Those with a high school diploma or GED are preferred. For ages 18 and older. Free.
Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 / 212.821.9200 / Job placement, training, orientation and mobility services, and adaptive living skills. Also has a youth services program. Referrals from Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped required. Free when referred by Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID); call 718.722.6700.
National Business & Disability Council
The leading national corporate resource for hiring, working with, and marketing to people with disabilities.
National Federation of the Blind of New York State
471 63rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 / 718.567.7821 / Find information on scholarships for the blind and other useful links. Free.
New York State Department of Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
55 Hanson Place, Second Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217 / 718.722.6700 (voice), 718.722.6736 (TTY) / Counseling and assessment testing for all disabilities, except blindness. Referrals to other agencies are also provided. Brooklyn residency is required. Free.
Office of Disability Employment Policy
A federal agency that ensures that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st century workforce.
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
400 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016 / Phone: 212.263.6053 / Job placement and vocational evaluation for the physically or neurologically disabled. For ages 16 and older. Fee required.
The Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York
841 Broadway, Suite 301, New York, NY 10003 / Phones: 212.674.2300 (voice), 212.674.5619 (TTY) / Services include advocacy, housing assistance, peer counseling, independent living skills, information and referrals, deafness services, client assistance program, traumatic brain injury program and food stamp assistance. Free.
League Education and Treatment Center
30 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 / 718.643.5300 / Prevocational skills for the emotionally and mentally disabled. For ages 21 and older. Fee required.
The Riley Guide
A listing of online disability resources.
YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities
2922 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11229 / 718.368.9311 / The Support Work and Training program provides job training and placement for the developmentally disabled. Also offers support services after placement. For ages 18 and older. Free.