Services for Persons with Disabilities
The Maine CareerCenters welcome all customers. We are pleased to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that our buildings, programs and services are accessible. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations to participate in any CareerCenter program or service should make a request directly to their local CareerCenter.
Many CareerCenter services are considered to be self-directed, meaning they can be completed without staff assistance. Assistive technology and accessibility equipment are available in each CareerCenter. Our employees are always available to help answer your questions and provide you with accommodations upon request.
Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services
The Bureau of Employment Services (BES) provides comprehensive services to job seekers with disabilities. Through the CareerCenters' the BES is an Employment Network (EN)participating in the Ticket to Work Program (see below for details). Specific supports and services offered through the BES are:
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).
- The Maine Apprenticeship Program.
- Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP).
- Ticket to Work.
- Employment and training services for youth and older workers.
- Resources for employers.
- Referrals to partner agencies.
- Many other training and employment services.
The BES also offers job fairs, workshops and seminars through the CareerCenters, covering topics such as:
- Ticket to Work- SSA Benefits Overview.
- Resume Building.
- Interview Practice.
- Career Planning and Skills Evaluation.
- And more.
Ticket to Work
Are you receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and interested in going to work? The Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services is an approved Employment Network under the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program. Currently, all CareerCenters throughout the State are accepting Tickets. Download the Ticket to Work Program brochure (PDF | Word version). See Maine Ticket to Work or the National Ticket to Work program site for more resources.
Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
If your disability is a barrier to employment, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be the appropriate choice. The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. In partnership with the Maine CareerCenters and the rehabilitation community, BRS works with persons with disabilities through three primary service provision units: the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division for Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafness. Click HERE to visit their website for more information.
Free Tax Preparation
CA$H Maine offers free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers for those who make less than $50,000 per year. During tax season, qualified filers are connected to financial education resources, including money management and home buying workshops, Family Development Accounts (FDAs) and credit counseling. Click HERE to find your local Tax Prep station.
Savings, Asset and Credit Building
Regardless of your income, you have the ability to save. The Disabilities Employment Initiative has partnered with New Ventures Maine (formerly Women, Work and Community,) who provide FREE classes on financial literacy, financial capability and credit building, as well as starting your own business or building a career. They provide specific matched-savings opportunities, including the Rainy Day Savings account. Services are available to adults of all ages, whether you are employed or not. Click HERE to visit their website.
CareerCenters have specific programs tailored to the needs of those who have served. Find resources in our Disability Resource Library or click HERE for the CareerCenter’s webpage for Veterans Services.
Resources for Employers
The Maine Career Center system welcomes Maine businesses seeking to recruit workers for a diverse workforce, including workers who have disabilities. To learn more about the benefits of hiring workers with a disability, visit our Resources for Employers webpage (link to Disability Resource Library, part of page with Resources for Employers).
The Disability Employment Initiative has partnered with the Maine Business Leadership Network to host events and training opportunities within the community for Maine businesses. For more information, visit their website at www.MaineBLN.org.