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Repealing Minimum Wage Exemption for Alaskans with Disabilities, 2022

Employment First, 2014


Job Seeker and Parent Resources

Webinar: Empowerment Through Employment and Transitions Handbook

This webinar is for individuals with disabilities who would like to know more about their employment related options and resources in the state of Alaska.​

Alaska Job Center Network
Provides information on current employment opportunities available throughout Alaska. This AlaskaJobs system has replaced ALEXsys. If you need assistance with employment accommodations, please reach out to the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Youth Services: Available programs to assist students with career exploration, researching career training and postsecondary options, college and career applications, scholarship searches and applications.
  • Alaska Job Fairs: Provides information on job fairs, workshops, and employment seminars throughout Alaska.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Each year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps hundreds of Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get, and keep good jobs. If you want to work or keep working and have a physical, intellectual, or mental condition that makes this hard, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services.

Project Search
This unique program provides real-life work experience to help youth, with significant disabilities, make successful transitions from school to adult life.

Self-Employment - Microenterprise Grant
The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business, or acquiring an existing business.

Transition to Employment

Career Planning

Provisional Hire Program, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation​

​The Provisional Hire program allows Alaska state hiring managers to hire qualified persons with a disability in a permanent or non-permanent position for up to 4 months of trial work without the requirement to hire as a permanent employee.

Disability Benefits and Resources

Alaska ABLE Plan
Giving those with disabilities the ability to save. New Alaska ABLE Plan helps individuals save, while preserving their SSI and Medicaid.

Disability Benefits 101
Alaska Disability Benefits 101 (AK DB101) provides tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment – allowing people with disabilities to plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

Division of Behavioral Health
Alaskans receive comprehensive prevention, treatment, and support services at the appropriate level of care across the lifespan, leading to meaningful lives in their home communities.

Division of Senior and Disabilities Services
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Waiver Unit & Services:

Division of Public Assistance
As the Division of Public Assistance charts a course toward a new welfare system, the following mission and vision statements define a direction for the agency. The guiding principles and program philosophies explain common beliefs that enable this agency to achieve its goals.

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (Alaska WIPA Project)
The WIPA Project was developed by the UAA Center for Human Development and also has a list of the certified Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) for the State of Alaska.

  • Social Security Administration Red Book: The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.
  • Working Disabled Medicaid Buy-In Program: An individual with a disability who is ineligible for APA and Medicaid because of earned income that is either the individual's own income or the individual's spouse's earned income, may be eligible for Medicaid under the Working Disabled Medicaid Buy-In eligibility category.

Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

Alaska Work Matters Task Force The Alaska Work Matters Task Force was tasked to review and analyze existing policies, practices, and procedures, barriers, and workforce utilization data regarding the employment of people with disabilities in the State of Alaska and prepare a report that includes recommendations that should be adopted by the Governor.

Northwest American Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment. It obligates employers with 15 or more employers (or fewer in many states, such as those in Region 10) to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities.

JAN’s Workplace Accommodation Toolkit
Free comprehensive online resource for employers seeking to move beyond basic compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to create more disability-inclusive workplaces.

On-the-Job Training (OJT)
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers an On the Job Training (OJT) Program that gives employers the opportunity to tap into a pool of workers who are good candidates for a job but may need additional training to be qualified.

Employing Persons with Disabilities

Think Beyond the Label Resources

Research Findings

Get Get involved!

To view up-to-date listings of GCDSE meetings and how to participate, view meeting details through the Online Public Notices.

For information about a committee, to be added to an email list, or to receive Zoom meeting links and telephone "call-in" details, please contact the GCDSE staff via email

Or by calling GCDSE staff:
Toll Free: 1-888-269-8990
Phone: 907-269-8990

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