On this page, you will find resources and information about how to begin your job search and what support you need to find a job.
The I Want To Work workbook is designed to assist people with intellectual disabilities to gather the information that they can use to obtain employment. After completing the I Want To Work workbook, a person will:
It is recommended that those completing the I Want To Work workbook do so with a partner who knows them well. The I Want To Work Partner Guide provides guidance and instruction to the person’s workbook partner on how to get the most useful information from the workbook. The workbook partner should be someone who knows the person who is familiar with a person’s routines, likes, dislikes, interests, and work history.
YOUR RIGHTS AS AN EMPLOYEE
You have right under the law to make minimum wage, which is $7.25 in Virginia. If you make less than minimum wage, you have the right to seek information on finding another job by going to your local Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) office or by talking to your case manager. To find a DARS office near you, visit the DARS website VA Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. If you want to learn more about your rights as an employee, read this fact sheet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
YOUR SUPPORT TEAM
It’s important to have a team of people behind you when finding a job. This team can include family and friends. To determine the people in your life that can support you, fill out the relationship map Finding the Job I Want - My Support Team
To find a VA Self-Advocacy Organization/Group near you, visit the VA Self-Advocacy Organization/Group page on this website.