Career Resources for Students with Disabilities
Finding a career can be a daunting task. Career Services is here to help with you search. It is always a great idea to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach by going into UCareerPath. UCareerPath is a tool to help you be successful in your career and future!
As a student with a disability you may have a few questions about your search. Here are some helpful resources to make sure you know about pertinent laws and your rights, disclosure, accommodations and navigating your career. There are also many professional associations that may be useful to look into joining as you begin your job search.
The Center for Disability Services is another great resource to help you in your educational career and beyond. They are located in the Olpin Union Building in Room 160 and provide reasonable accommodations and work to create a safe, inclusive and respectful environment.
Laws and Rights
There are laws and guidelines in place to ensure that no person with a disability faces discrimination in your job search or career. Below is information on the laws in place to protect you in the workplace as well as some tips for interviewing and how to handle illegal questions.
- ADA Information: Here is more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which was designed to prevent discrimination.
- Disability Rights Laws: This website includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws and right you rights you have such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Fair Housing Act and more. You can also learn more about reasonable accommodations, services animals and general FAQ’s.
- Handling Illegal Interview Questions: Employers are not allowed to ask about a disability or whether you have one of not, but the can ask if you can perform the essential functions of the job. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides more information. You should note that once you are offered a job then some questions are fair game, but the offer cannot be revoked unless you are not able to perform the essential functions of the job or you pose a substantial risk to yourself or others.
- Disclosure: There may not seem like there is a great time to disclose your disability, but this website will give you helpful tips about the when, how, what’s of disclosure.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN): JAN’s website allows users to search through your options for people with disabilities in your workplace or educational setting. You can also contact JAN directly to find out more about a specific accommodation.
- My Web My Way: This how-to guide can help make the web more accessible and user-friendly. As many jobs are posted online, it is helpful to be able to utilize online resources as much as possible.
Navigating Your Career
- Ability Jobs: This is a dedicated employment website for job seekers with disabilities where you are able to post your resume and search jobs for free. Employers can also use the website to post jobs and find candidates.
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD): Their mission is to improve the employment rate of students and recent graduates with disabilities. COSD can help to navigate your career path and search.
- Emerging Leaders: Emerging Leaders helps pair current students with disabilities with meaningful internships and work experience before they graduate.
- Entry Point!: Entry Point is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (A.A.A.S.) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.
- Viscardi Center: The Viscardi Center offers many programs and services that may be helpful such as transition from school to work, job coaching and employment services for students with disabilities.
- National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange: Mobility International USA (MIUSA) helps to connect persons with disabilities to resources to study, teach, conduct research or volunteer abroad and find exchange programs.
- We Connect Now: This helps unite people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities and provides a job search information and assistance.
Professional organizations are helpful to join because they are often a great way to network with professional already in the field. Many professional organizations also have student memberships which tend to be more affordable and some of job boards and special events. LinkedIn is another great professional networking tool that can help you connect. Here is more information on maximizing your LinkedIn profile from us at Career Services! LinkedIn has groups to join such as Diversity and Disability @ Work, Disability Equality, Diversity, Rights & Inclusion, Disability and the Performing Arts and many more.