Welcome to Alaska Works
Your Customized Employment Source

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who are experiencing a disability are employed at a rate comparable to the general population. They are compensated at a living wage and have the same opportunity for career advancement.

For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.

Work as an Expectation
Outreach and Training
Resources and Funding
Connectivity, Coordination and Workforce Investment

Alaska Works Mission:

Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.

Greetings. We have developed this site to share current information concerning customized employment and self-employment. Whether you are an individual that experiences a disability, a support person, an advocate or a worker in the field of disabilities, you will find information on employment related topics, programs, workshop and training opportunities, referral resources, and Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits technical assistance for SSA beneficiaries that would like to pursue employment.

More About Alaska Works

For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education has been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities.

Funding Sources

The Alaska Works Initiative has been funded through a group of federal and state grants. The Rehabilitation Services Administration State Partnership Initiative, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, SSA Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach Grant, The US Department of Labor Workforce Coordination funds, Workforce Investment Self Employment funds, Micro-enterprise Development funds the state Transition and Mentoring Project, Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Initiative (WIPA) Project and recently the Alaska Employment Initiative.

Upcoming Trainings

03/12/2015 Managing Change: Basic Financial Literacy for Workers with Diversity Distance Delivered
03/18/2015 An Overview of Social Security Work Incentives Distance Delivered
03/20/2015 Self-Employment 2 Distance Delivered
03/30/2015 Managing Change: Basic Financial Literacy for Workers with Diversity Distance Delivered
03/31/2015 Basic C: Innovative Employment Development & Supports Anchorage & Distance Delivered
04/03/2015 Self-Employment 1 Anchorage & Distance Delivered