Job Seekers with Disabilities
According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 1 in 5 of us has a physical or mental disability and 1 in 3 Americans has a close friend or family member with a disability. Workforce Solutions provides resources to support individuals with disabilities in finding and retaining employment.
All three Workforce Solutions Texoma Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Listed below are some of the resources available.
Asking for Help
If you have a disability and require a special service or accommodation, let the Workforce Center Staff know. This is your choice and your right. Disclosing the nature of your disability can have benefits, such as qualifying for training.
Accessibility Aids Available at Workforce Solutions Texoma Centers
Unless otherwise noted, all centers have the following accessibility aids available to assist with Job Search related activities:
■ Accessible computer workstations
■ Aladdin Jeanie Pro Magnifiers, to help individuals with low vision
■ Tape recorders for use in group orientations
■ Pocket Talkers (voice amplification) for customers with hearing impairments
■ The Microsoft Ease of Access Center which includes Magnifier, Narrator, On-Screen Keyboard and High Contrast options
■ TTY telephones to assist job seekers who have hearing impairments
■ The Relay Texas system to assist deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired job seekers
■ A Braille printer is available at the Denison center
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program that provides services for people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find or keep employment.
DARS Counselors hold part-time office hours at all three Workforce Solutions Texoma Centers appointments can be scheduled by calling (903) 813-8200.
■ Disability Rights Texas is the legal protection and advocacy agency to help Texans with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law.
■ The Texas Medicaid Buy-In Program offers health insurance coverage to employed people with disabilities. To find out the eligibility criteria and learn more at
Other Resources for Jobseekers with Disabilities
■ JobTIPS is a free program designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment.
■ The Ticket to Work Program is for Social Security Beneficiaries receiving SSI or SSDI who are interested in going to work.
■ Division for Blind Services (DBS) assists individuals with visual impairment to access employment. Please call 1-800-687-7010 or 1-(806) 351-3879 for more information.
■ Disability.gov is a federal website that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives.