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Creating an Accessible and Welcoming Workforce with MassHire

Workers and jobseekers with disabilities can access state and federal career services with confidence at MassHire Career Centers

MassHire Career Centers provide employment services to all jobseekers, including individuals with disabilities. Some of these services include career counseling, resume development, career workshops, computer workshops, job search resources, and placement assistance.  

For individuals with disabilities specifically, the Career Centers provide physical and programmatic accessibility, and can also provide connections to partner agencies such as the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), and Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). Additional services and supports such as reasonable accommodations and assistive technology are also available and provided free of charge (but may need to be requested before a scheduled visit) Some of the assistive technology provided in the Career Centers for customers with disabilities is listed below. 

Assistive Technology at the Career Centers (not a complete list)

Please note that not all the MassHire Career Centers have the same equipment available. Contact your local career center if you have any questions about reasonable accommodations and assistive technology.

  • JAWS - Screen reading software for individuals who are blind or low vision
  • ZoomText - Magnification software for individuals who are blind or low vision
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - Hands-free voice-activated software
  • Pocket Talker - Assistive Listening Device for individuals who are hard-of-hearing
  • TTY - Telecommunications device for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Braille Labeler - Labels keyboards, discs, computer stations, in Braille
  • Expert Mouse Trackball - Alternative mouse at computer stations
  • Kurweil Products -  Text-to-speech software products that are designed to enhance accessibility for individuals who are blind or low vision and also for individuals with reading disabilities
  • FM Hearing Device - Assists individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • CCTV - A Closed-Circuit Television for individuals who are blind or low vision
  • Height Adjustable Tables - Accessible workstations

What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) helps eligible people with physical, psychiatric, and learning disabilities find and keep a job. VR helps individuals identify job goals based on interests and skills and explore additional education, workplace training, or applicable vocational training. It also helps to reduce or remove barriers to employment.

The VR Program is funded by the federal government and administered through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). Click the button below to learn more about VR.

Helpful Websites for Disabled Workers

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