Individuals with Specialized Abilities

 Scholarship & Financial Aid for Disabilities

 Social Security Administration 

(800) 772-1213 or (800) 689-8528

UNM’s Accessibility Resource Center assists students with disabilities by recommending reasonable accommodations and working with instructors to provide those accommodations.

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP): The WRP connects college students with disabilities to employers for internships and permanent employment. Registration opens in August for summer internships. Contact Heather Ver Brugge, UNM Campus Coordinator, at to learn more.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD): This national professional association is comprised of over 600 colleges and universities and over 500 major national employers whose mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Lime Connect: Connects corporations with qualified students with disabilities for internships and jobs.

Learn more  about opportunities for college students with disabilities on EARN’s Internships and Mentoring page.

American Job Centers

American Job Centers assist job seekers with and without disabilities in finding employment through job banks, publications, and other resources. They provide job search assistance, access to computers, and help with resume development. Formerly known as “One Stop Career Centers”, American Job Centers often have staff onsite called ‘Disability Program Navigators’ (DPN) who can help people with disabilities locate services and supports. DPN’s can also provide information on the effect earned income might have on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid benefits.

NM Workforce Connection        

501 Mountain Rd. NE

Phone: 505-843-1900

Open Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm

Vocational Rehabilitation Organizations

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) organizations provide support to individuals with disabilities who are interested in working. They can provide assistance with career exploration and resume development, as well as finding, training for, and keeping a job.

NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

 Disability Resources: New Mexico

Get disability benefits help

 Adelante Development Center

The Benefits Connection Center helps individuals with disabilities determine their eligibility and sign up for government benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, and LIHEAP. Call 505-273-5222 to learn more, or go to

 ABLE Program

An ABLE New Mexico account is an investment account that allows qualifies individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain benefit programs like Medicaid or SSI.

 Ticket to Work (TTW)

The goal of the Ticket to Work Program is to help Social Security beneficiaries’ with disabilities transition to financial independence through employment, while maintaining health coverage. Jobseekers can “assign their tickets” to a designated Employment Network in their area for assistance and support. For more information, visit the Ticket to Work website or call the Ticket Call Center at 1-866-968-7842 and 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

Click to conduct your own search of the Employment Network/TTW Directory (search by zip, city, or state).

 Federal Employment (Schedule A)

Schedule A is a non-competitive hiring process, meaning that people with qualifying disabilities are distinguished from the general applicant pool and given preferential hiring status. According to the 2010 Executive Order, federal agencies are required to increase the hiring of people with disabilities. For more information, check out The ABCs of Schedule A.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documentation, contact the Selective Placement Program Coordinator at the agency for which you would like to work. You will apply for the position through the Selective Placement Program Coordinator, as opposed to the standard application process.


(The Association of People Supporting Employment First)

Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

 Guide for Job Seekers & Workers with a Disability

This article provides an overview of the ADA, WIOA, and requesting accommodations.


Employment Resources for People with Disabilities


There are many organizations that maintain job boards for people with disabilities. These sites usually contain information on career guidance, resume development, and other employment supports. Jobseekers can browse job postings and upload resumes. EARN recommends the following sites:

 These resources and more are listed on the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on Disability Inclusion


Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website provides Live Help/Chat function

(800) 526-7234 (voice)

(877) 781-9403 (TTY)

 Disability Rights New Mexico

The mission of Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) is to protect, promote and expand the legal and civil rights of persons with disabilities. Toward the fulfillment of its mission, DRNM provides several basic services: information and referral about services for persons with disabilities and about their legal rights; individual case advocacy services to resolve specific disability rights problems; advocacy efforts to improve service systems and to generally promote, protect and expand the rights of persons with disabilities; and training activities to increase awareness of disability rights and increase consumer empowerment.



Albuquerque Area Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office

505 Marquette Avenue, NW

Suite 900 - 9th Floor

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 1-800-669-4000

TTY:       1-800-669-6820

ASL Video Phone: 844-234-5122

 Director: Derick Newton

Regional Attorney: Mary Jo O'Neill  

Office Hours:  The Albuquerque Area Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We are closing intake the next three days Feb 14, 15th and 16th.


New Mexico Human Rights Bureau 

Investigation, Compliance, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

1596 Pacheco St., Suite103
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone : 1-800-566-9471 (toll-free in New Mexico) or 505-827-6838

Staff Manager: Patricia Wolf, 505-827-6856

Office Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday

The office is closed on all state-designated holidays. You do not need an appointment to come in and speak with an intake officer. Walk-in hours end at 4:30 PM.

 University of New Mexico

(Student and/or professional employment)

Office of Equal Opportunity

609 Buena Vista Dr. NE

Albuquerque NM 87131

(505) 277-5251