SKIL Resource Center of Kansas Seeks Orientation and Mobility Specialist

The Orientation & Mobility/Outreach Specialist (O&M Specialist) position is made possible through a contract with Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS). The O&M Specialist will complete the requirements to become certified as such by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals. Once certification is achieved the O&M Specialist will teach people who are blind or visually impaired the skills and concepts they need in order to travel independently and safely, in the home, classroom, at work, in the community and city. The O&M Specialist will also work with contracting partners to facilitate focus groups to gather data that will be used to develop an Independent Living Skills curriculum for people who are blind or visually impaired. The O&M Specialist will conduct outreach activities (including for Kan-SAIL). The O&M Specialist is responsible for advocating and delivering the core services of independent living including independent living skills training, peer counseling, information and referral services, individual and systems advocacy, and deinstitutionalization. The position requires knowledge and delivery of the five core services of independent living. The position also requires knowledge of disability issues, and the independent living philosophy. The Orientation & Mobility/Outreach Specialist will focus his/her work complimentary to the spirit and intent of the independent living philosophy.

The Orientation & Mobility/Outreach Specialist requires a five year commitment to the position.

Must possess an understanding of the Independent Living philosophy and have a Bachelor’s degree. Need to have essential personal experience with disabilities and a preferred background in human related services. Good communication and organizational skills and reliable transportation are a must. To apply, submit a resume to: Human Resource Dept., S.K.I.L. Resource Center, P.O. Box 957, Parsons, KS 67357. S.K.I.L. is an EOE. Qualified persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Oklahoma Center for Independent Living Seeks Associate Director

Ability Resources is a Center for Independent Living located in Tulsa, the heart of Green Country, Oklahoma. We have been providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1982. The mission of Ability Resources is to assist people with disabilities in attaining and maintaining their personal independence through advocacy, education and service.

Presently, we are seeking to fill the position of Associate Director. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the Executive Director.

The basic function of this position is to serve as Associate Director and associate administrator of all corporate operations. The Associate Director will:
• Assist with implementation and administration of center contracts, strategic planning, programs and policies.
• Be responsible for assisting Executive Director with overall management of Ability Resources, encompassing fiscal and personnel management, community relations and funding.
• Ensure that the mission and resources of Ability Resources reflect changing community needs.

The responsibilities of the Associate Director are to:
• Assist Executive Director with securing and maintaining funding for all programs and services.
• Assist Executive Director with the oversight and development of programs and services.
• Work closely with Executive Director on long-range planning and support staff in achieving consumer and center objectives.
• Assist with marketing/public education activities.
• Assist with maintenance of federal, state, and local grants and all related compliance reporting and documentation.

A qualified candidate for this position will have:

• A Master’s/Bachelor’s degree and significant experience in a supervisory or management role in the Independent Living or related disability field.
• A thorough understanding of and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and the mission of CILs.
• Knowledge of and experience in working with financial systems (ability to manage multiple budgets, knowledge of accounting procedures and financial analysis).
• Proven skills in grant writing and administration.
• Experience in systems advocacy.
• Experience in program development and the ability to conceptualize, implement, and direct programs.
• Effective written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with a wide range of individuals, organizations and agencies.
• Knowledge of human resource management laws, regulations policies, procedures and processes relating to a variety of human resource management functions.
Compensation for the position of Associate Director will range from $40,000 to $45,000 per year.

This position will stay open until it is filled.

People with disabilities, members of other marginalized communities, and those with personal experience with disability are highly encouraged to apply.

Qualified candidates can submit their resumes

By email to:

NASA Job Posting - Senior Technologist & Section 508 Coordinator

Goddard Space Flight Center’s Chief Information Officer is seeking candidates for a senior level position at our Greenbelt facility. This individual would be responsible for leading the Center’s efforts on emerging IT technologies and Section 508. This individual would serve in a high level capacity in senior level meetings and conferences at the Center and agency levels in addition to public outreach forums. This position would be classified as a GS-15. If you know of any individuals with a disability who would be interested in applying for this position, please contact either Denna Lambert at or John Pak at

United States International Council on Disabilities: Research Assistant

Job Summary:

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is looking for a Research Assistant in the Washington, DC area. As a member of a small team, the Research Assistant will be responsible for providing support to the management team in implementing the daily activities of the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project, a joint initiative of USICD and the University of Iowa WiderNet Project.

Responsibilities may include identifying, adding, and cataloguing material on disability rights for the eGranary digital library; managing information resources in a range of formats; communicating with authors and publishers to request copyright permission for inclusion of their content in the digital library; communicating with volunteers assisting the project; scheduling meetings to be held remotely among a global group of participants; maintaining a database of partners and potential partners and collaborators for the GDRL Project; and providing other research and administrative support to the management staff as needed. More information about the GDRL project is available here:

USICD's mission is to catalyze and help focus the energy, expertise and resources of the U.S. disability community and the U.S. government to optimize their impact on improving the lives and circumstances of people with disabilities worldwide, and to be an active member of the global disability rights movement. This position offers a unique opportunity to join a groundbreaking organization supporting the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and abroad.


Mental Illness HelpLine Intern

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers unpaid internships with its national mental illness information helpline. Information Specialists answer phone calls, letters and e-mails about general mental illness issues. Training provided.

Must have basic knowledge of mental illness, treatment and recovery; good oral and written communication skills; empathy for people affected by mental illness; work 8-16 hours a week between 10 am & 6 pm, M-F for at least 8-10 weeks. Conscientious work habits essential. Psychology and social work students encouraged to apply.
Application instructions:
Send cover letter, resume with references, and short writing sample to HelpLine Internships at Phone 703-516-0689,

Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development

Intern in Ethiopia!

The ECDD Association is a local, not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious, non-governmental development organization (NGO) registered in 2005 by the Ministry of Justice in Ethiopia. It presently has 66 individual Association members and a 7-member Board of Directors composed of prominent Ethiopians, the majority of whom are persons with disabilities and women. The ECDD works collaboratively with other organizations to promote “inclusive development” – the inclusion of disability issues and people with disabilities in mainstream government and NGO development projects and programs. The ECDD aims to become a major source of information on disability issues in Ethiopia and of practical expertise on how to practice “inclusive development” in poverty reduction and other social-economic development efforts in the country.

ECDD presently has a staff of 9 full-time and 12 part-time employees, all but 4 of whom are persons with disabilities or from a family with a disabled family member. The ECDD office is located in a modern 10-story accessible building in downtown Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia with an estimated population of 3 million. ECDD staff members speak English, French, Amharic, Tigriniya, Guraginia, Oromifia and use Ethiopian Sign Language. The ECDD Executive Director is a retired Disability Specialist of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a UN Specialized Agency, who has lived in Ethiopia on and off since 1986.

ECDD works closely with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA), and the Addis Ababa Civil and NGO Affairs Bureau. ECDD is a member of the Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA), the Ethiopian National Disability Action Network (ENDAN), the Poverty Action Network of Civil Society in Ethiopia (PANE) and the Ethiopian Network of Organizations of/for the Visually Impaired and Blind (ENOVIB). ECDD also partners with the Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FENAPD) and its member Associations, and with local and international disability and development NGOs active in Ethiopia.

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White House Internship Program

The application deadline for the White House Internship Program’s Fall 2010 session is Sunday, June 6. Please take the time to think of five future young leaders you believe would serve as great White House Interns, and personally encourage them to apply.

Visit the White House Internship website:

Apply to the White House Internship program:

Learn more about the selection process:

A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
Our mission is to cultivate and prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities. Encourage all eligible young leaders to take advantage of this incredible opportunity!


WASHINGTON -- High school students in the United States are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through the program's online learning community. Applications are being accepted from Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, June 30. NASA will make selections for the program in September. Selectees and their parents will participate in an online learning community with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers and scientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants to gain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA.

Students selected for the program will have the option to compete
for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2011 at NASA facilities and participating universities. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to
pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or
STEM. The summer experience provides students with a hands-on
opportunity to investigate education and careers in those
disciplines. INSPIRE is part of NASA's education strategy to attract
and retain students in the STEM disciplines critical to NASA's missions. For information about INSPIRE, visit:

To apply for the program, visit:

For information about NASA's education programs, visit:

2011 Spring Internships with the Dept of State:

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 01, 2010.

You must be a U.S. Citizen and a student (a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student - including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school) to be eligible. Please read the program description and vacancy announcement for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.