Ongoing list of Job Resources for people with Disabilities in the District/Maryland/Virginia

Please add to the bottom of the list

-Columbia Lighthouse of the Blind

Columbia Lighthouse of the Blind offers programs and training for people who are blind and visually impaired, including programs about assistive technology, counseling, children's services, and rehabilitation services.

-Dress for Success

Dress for Success in DC provides professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools for disadvantaged women.

-(DORS) Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work or stay independent in their homes and communities.

-District of Columbia Public Library

The District of Columbia Public Library offers a number of services, including computer classes, adult literacy, college and financial aid, job seekers, adaptive services, and others.  If you want more information about the DC Public Library Adaptive Services Division Job Club for people with and without disabilities, please call 202-727-2142 or email

-One Stop Career Centers,a,1233,q,538261.asp

Each One Stop Career center provides career counseling, career planning, resume assistance, direct job placement, classroom and on-the-job training, access to America's Job Bank (both online and via telephone), information about local and national labor markets, unemployment compensation and much more. (Nearby centers are also in Largo and Laurel in Maryland.)

-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs provides care and services for veterans and beneficiaries, including rehabilitation services, education assistance, employment services, independent living services, and others.

-George Washington University Hospital

George Washington University Hospital offers hospital services as well as health fairs, classes, and seminars, including childbirth and parenting classes, support groups, health screenings, and a senior advantage program.

-DC Jobs

DC Jobs provides resources to search for local jobs as well as resources such as articles on job seeking, writing cover letters and resumes, preparing for job interviews, and building a network.


LIFT-DC provides services to DC residents that include employment services, housing, children's services, education/job training, legal services, computer literacy, and others.

Unemployment center dol tech center laurel 311 marshal ave

Resource network 1119 brentfield drive

Job fair



Inspirational 3 Support Group 
"Faith Hope and Love"
Support Group Telephone 559-726-1300
Access Code 813025#
Every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm


Online Resources:


The Job Accommodation Network: Finding a Job that is Right for You


For Maryland residents:

-Professional Outplacement Assistance Center (POAC)

The POAC is a service offered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Division of Workforce Development. POAC provides assistance to individuals who are in the professional, executive, technical, managerial, and/or scientific occupations. Services include career guidance and free faxing, copying, and telephone services.


Vocational Assessments available online: the following sites offer online quizzes and other exercises to help you to match your interests, traits, and talents to the job market. Some will tell you, that what you want would not be the best fit. Most are free, some require registration, and some have a fee:



this is a resource that has job skill assessments




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Jobs for the Blind blog.

Job Accomodation Network


Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries (Goodwill of Greater Washington)

2200 South Dakota Ave, NE

Washington, DC 20018-1607

(202) 636-4225


Didlake, Inc.

8641 Breeden Avenue

Manassas, VA 20110-8413

(703) 361-4195


ARC of Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Inc.)

4513 Philadelphia Rd.

Aberdeen, MD 21001

(410) 836-7177


Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute (SourceAmerica)

801 Buchanan Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20017

(202) 529-7600


Catholic Charities

924 G Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 772-4300



The ARC of the District of Columbia, Inc. 

415 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20017

(202) 636-2950





ServiceSource, Inc.

Virginia Regional Office - Employment and Rehabilitation Services

ServiceSource Disability Resource Center

10467 White Granite Drive

Oakton, VA 22124






Linden Resources, Inc.

750 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 521-4441



www.Target .com

Fedex Field

Dollar Tree

New vision Photography Program

Vested Optimism

Howard cafeteria

Gaylord National


Adopt  a servlce



dc central kitchen



Some vocational assessments are available online. The following sites offer online quizzes and other exercises to help you to match your interests, traits, and talents to the job market.  Most are free, some require registration, and some have a fee:




Blind and Low Vision Resources 



American Council of the Blind (ACB)

A membership organization that advocates for the blind and visually impaired.


National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

A member organization that conducts advocacy, research and educational programs for the blind.


American Foundation for the Blind -

An organization that advocates for those with vision loss and provides information for the blind, their families and the professionals who serve them.


News & Information


Empowerment Zone

Website of accessibility consultant Jamal Mazrui with information on a number of topics, from technology and employment to housing and travel.


Access Watch

Personal webpage with product reviews, tutorials, and other blind and low vision information.



Personal blog covering a number of issues relating to blindness, from technology to travel.


Fred's Head Blog/Database


A blog from the American Printing House for the Blind with articles about daily life, technology, health, entertainment and more. 


University of Michigan Eye Center – Patient Care

Medical information on various eye conditions and diseases.


Blind Planet

Personal website with a variety of information for the blind community, including news, technology tutorials and forums.


Blind Planet News Aggregator

A news feed set to collect and display blindness-related news from several different sites.


Accessible World

Site from Helping Hands for the Blind with articles in print and audio on topics of interest to the blind community, from technology to health to entertainment.



A community site from The National Federation of the Blind of Utah where people submit articles, questions, videos and tutorials on a variety of topics, including technology, employment, education and daily living.






Ai Squared

Makers of ZoomText, an integrated magnification and screen reading software, and other products, including large print keyboards.


Code Factory

Make software to improve the accessibility of mobile phones, including screen readers and magnifiers.


BAUM Retec

Makers of Cobra screen reader and Poet reading machines.


Freedom Scientific

Makers of several technology products, including JAWS, MAGic, and TOPAZ.


Duxbury Systems

Braille translation software for over 130 languages.


T&T Consultancy Limited

Makers of J-Say, J-Tunes and other software.



Makers of System Access, System Access to Go (a free screen reader), Accessible Event and other products.



Makers of the note takers (BrailleNote), readers, magnifiers, GPS and other products.



A free, web-based screen reader that can be used without installing any software. 


GW Micro

Makers of Window-Eyes screen reader, Braille Sense notetakers, and other products.


The Paciello Group

Private company that works with organizations to increase their accessibility through software development, training, etc.


FineReader Online

Converts images to readable text, including extracting text from images.


Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA)

A free open-access screen reader for Windows.


Dolphin Computer Access

Makers of SuperNova screen magnifier and other screen readers and alternative format tools.


Technology Information


AFB AccessWorld: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

An online magazine from the American Foundation for the Blind with news articles about technology and visual impairment.


AFB's Product Database

A comprehensive listing of assistive technology products used by people who are blind or visually impaired.


Freedom Scientific Technical Support

Information on use and repair of Freedom Scientific products, including manuals and troubleshooting guides.


The Ranger Station

Blog about assistive technology, includes product reviews and information.


SSB BART Group Blog

Blog from the SSB Bart Group, accessibility consultants, with news and information on assistive technology.


Web Axe

Podcast and blog on web design accessibility. 


Society for Technical Communication (STC) AccessAbility Special Interest Group (SIG)

A blog with news and information for making technical communication more accessible to people with disabilities. 


Marco’s accessibility blog

Personal blog about accessibility in software.


VIPhone Google Groups

Discussion group for blind and low vision iPhone users. 



Information, podcasts, product guides and more about the accessibility of Apple products.


Apple Accessibility

Information about the accessibility of Apple products


Blind Access Journal

Personal blog and podcasts with information on accessibility and product reviews. 


Blind Cool Tech Podcast

A podcast covering various accessible technology topics. 


Accessible Phones for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Information on and comparisons of accessible phones.



Information, user guides, podcasts, forums and more for blind and visually impaired users of Apple iOS devices.


Accessible Devices

Podcasts, email lists, user guides and other resources on accessible technology for blind and visually impaired users.



C-Desk allows a person to do most of the simple everyday tasks that we all do at our computers, and do it simply, intuitively, and at a price that makes sense.


Technology Tutorials & Courses


Freedom Scientific - Surf's Up! Surfing the Internet with JAWS

Tutorials for using JAWS and MAGic to go online.


Access Technology Institute

Certifies trainers to teach people how to use assistive technology. Includes paid courses and free materials.


The Iowa Department for the Blind's Project Assist

Offers low-cost but very thorough tutorials on a variety of subjects including the use of Microsoft Office with various screen readers.


Stacy Bleeks

Personal website with technology guides, web use tutorials, and a small collection of audio files.


Microsoft Accessibility Guides

Guides to Microsoft products for people with vision, dexterity and mobility, hearing, learning, and language and communication impairments. Also includes guides for educators, businesses and government organizations.


Easi: Equal Access to Software and Information

Podcasts, courses, webinars and other information on accessible information technology. Topics include e-learning, multimedia and web design.


Learning Independence Through Computers

Assistive technology consultants that work with people with disabilities in Maryland to identify appropriate assistive technologies, install them and provide training and follow-up support. In some cases, they can also create custom technologies.


JAWS Users

Instructions for a number of computer programs, from email to audio software, using JAWS.


Adaptive Services Internet Classroom

Free tutorials for accessing the internet using JAWS from the DC Public Library’s Adaptive Services Division.

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A digital library of electronic texts, including textbooks and newspapers, that can be used by people with print disabilities.


Nationally Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Downloadable Books and Magazines

Access to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Need login ID and password, which can be obtained by filling out an application.


The Zone BBS - Games, Community, and More!

Message boards, chat and online games (word and card) for people with blindness and low vision.

Download, play and discuss games that use only sound, no visuals.


PCS Games

Develop games for the blind and visually impaired. Site also provides links and information on other accessible games.


American Printing House for the Blind

Manufacturers of textbooks and magazines in various formats (Braille, large print, recorded, digital) for the blind and visually impaired. Also host the Louis Database of accessible books from multiple sources.


National Braille Press

A Braille publishing house that also advocates for the learning and use of Braille.




Independent Living Aids

Braille and low vision products for the home (clocks, phones, label makers, canes, etc.).


Maxi Aids

Braille, low vision, hearing impaired and mobility impaired products for the home (clocks, phones, label makers, canes, etc.).


LS&S Products

Braille and low vision products for the home (clocks, phones, label makers, canes, etc.).


Beyond Sight

Braille and low vision products for the home (clocks, phones, label makers, canes, etc.).


Blind Bargains

Listing of sales and news on assistive technology.


Cables to Go

Cables to Go offers over 5000 products: adapters, connectors, audio video cables, AV devices, PC cables and PC to TV


Guide Dogs


Guide Dog Users Inc.

An advocacy organization for users of guide dogs. Website includes information on guide dog schools and legal issues.


Guide Dogs for the Blind

A guide dog school with campuses in California and Oregon.


The Seeing Eye

A guide dog school in New Jersey. 


Guide Dogs of America

A guide dog school in California that provides guide dogs and training at no cost. 


Guiding Eyes

A guide dog school in New York, 35 miles north of New York City that provides guide dogs and training at no cost.



Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment

Curriculum based on Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Mediated Learning Experience. 


7 TED talks to help you find the right job

You want work that makes you feel happy, challenged, appreciated, and like you are making a positive contribution. Below, talks for the job hunt to help you find that elusive combination.


Smoking Cessation

A great guide on quitting smoking so that people can live longer, healthier and also end the harm caused by tobacco to children.

An article on how smoking affects our skin.



AFB CareerConnect Mentor Guide

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