Work Without Limits is an initiative out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). Our goal is to position Massachusetts as the first state in the nation where the employment rate of people with disabilities is equal to people without disabilities.
Who We Are
Through collaboration and partnership, our goal is to increase the employment of people with disabilities until it is equal to those without disabilities.
Work Without Limits programs and services are geared to meet the needs of businesses that actively recruit people with disabilities, individuals with disabilities who are seeking jobs, and the employment providers that serve them.
We provide training and consulting services to help build the capacity of employers, employment service providers, state agency personnel, and educational institutions in advancing workplace disability inclusion.
Work Without Limits coordinates an Employer Network that shares best practices and builds confidence and success through their commitment to the inclusion of people with disabilities as employees, customers, and suppliers. Private and public-sector businesses join Work Without Limits by becoming a member of the Work Without Limits Employer Network.
Our Benefits Counseling service assists individuals with disabilities to understand how work earnings or wage increases affect eligibility for public benefits, such as SSI, SSDI, Medicaid and/or Medicare.
Our Employment Network (EN) provides the administrative functions that allow community based organizations to access payments through the Social Security Ticket to Work program. The EN also offers on-going benefits counseling to support Social Security beneficiaries as they work and increase their earnings.
We offer educational and networking events for employers, employment service providers, and individuals with disabilities. Our events have included our Raise The Bar HIRE conference and career fairs, as well as Disability Mentoring Day where member companies host job seekers for a day of career exploration, mentoring, and networking.
In 2008, members of Massachusetts state government, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), and other key stakeholders formed a partnership with the help of a federal grant. They began a strategic planning effort to maximize employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Massachusetts, and to address the barriers keeping them from finding work. From these efforts, Work Without Limits was established.
Thanks to the unwavering support of UMMS, our Founding Corporate Partners and all our Corporate Sponsors and Employer Network Members, we have not only been able to sustain Work Without Limits beyond the initial federal grant funding but have also expanded our programs and services to help achieve our goal of equal employment for people with disabilities.