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As a disabled person, your identities and skills bring strength and unique experiences into a workplace environment. However, structural inequities and implicit bias present challenges for disabled people throughout their careers.
When entering the workplace, it is important to have awareness of, and strategies to deal with, the following:
Career Advisors will provide individualized support to help identify and explore your career interests, values, and goals. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
There is also offered multiple workshops and groups at CAPS. For more information please go to Campus Student Support Services.
Knowing your rights and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) still leaves the tricky question of not knowing when, how or whether to let an employer know about your disability. Will it help or hinder?
Disclosing is a personal decision only you can make. If you know that an employer is specifically recruiting individuals with disabilities (for example, the Workforce Recruitment Program), it makes sense to disclose up front. If you’re not sure, you can wait until after you have a job offer (and no, that’s not lying). The real bottom line is to make sure you are qualified for the essential functions of the job.
No matter which route you choose, schedule an appointment with an ACAC career advisor and/or an advisor at the Student Disability Resource Center on campus to:
Did you know that it is against the law for employers to ask you certain questions in a job interview? Any question that asks about race, religion, ability, gender, age, pregnancy status, citizenship, marital status or number of children is illegal for employers to ask. However, employers may still ask these questions.
if you experience discrimination once you have started a job, here are some tips and information about dealing with employment discrimination.
The Spectrum Careers - Connects employers to individuals with autism throughout the United States
SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing) - Autism at Work: Encouraging Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Ford - Our FordWorks program focuses on assisting individuals with autism. At nearly 90% unemployment, it’s the most underrepresented community.
National Industries for the Blind - Works to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment.
American Foundation for the Blind - AFB provides a list of visually impaired and blind mentors that students can connect with depending on the career interests. Students can also explore careers through this site and receive tips on the career search
Gallaudet University - This is a list of organizations of and for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. All of the organizations are national and non-profit and provide information on people who are deaf and hard of hearing and/or specific professional or consumer areas of interest.
National Association of the Deaf - The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Delivering Jobs: Home - Creating pathways to employment and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and/or developmental differences
Mental Health America: MHA: Community based non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness. Includes a job board.
US Department of Labor - Office of Disability Employment Policy: The only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
Disability Job Exchange: Jobs for People with Disabilities - At Disability Job Exchange, we are committed to finding the perfect match between dedicated workers and employers looking to build a strong workforce.
Disability Job Boards - Apply today for a great opportunity to work for a company that is committed to hiring individuals with disabilities.
NTI@Home - Our mission is to train and assist people with disabilities and those who care for them to get work-from-home call center jobs.
Job Opportunities for disABLED Veterans (jofdav) - focuses on increasing employment of individuals and veterans with disabilities.
Other Veteran Employment Resources - U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs employment resources.
Job Accommodations: An accommodation is considered any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to apply for or perform a job. Job accommodations can include things like screen reading software for employees who have low vision, raised desks for employees who use wheelchairs or job coaching for employees with intellectual disabilities.
Working from home (telecommuting)
Job Accommodations Network - A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations
The U.S. Department of Defense’s
Below, we’ve collected job search boards, professional associations, blogs and other resources that might be useful.
Standout is another resource available for interview practice.
Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities - Students with disabilities may feel wary about searching for employment opportunities and whether or not to disclose a disability when applying for work, but today’s job market is vast and accommodates people with a wide range of skills, interests, talents, goals and abilities.
RecruitDisability job Board - Our million member strong, self-serve model is available for your independent use as a job seeker with a disability, an agency providing services, or a hiring manager looking to hire Americans with disabilities.
AbilityJOBS - A career website dedicated to employment of people with disabilities. Host of the largest resume bank with tens of thousands of job seekers with disabilities, from entry level candidates to PhD.
AbilityLinks - A web-based program that connects a dynamic talent pool of self-identified applicants with disabilities to a network of employers that value disability inclusion.
American Association for the Advancement of Science – Entry Point - Identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.
Federal Jobs Net - Helps disabled individuals and veterans find federal government employment. The site is also a good resource for hiring options and information.
GettingHired - Provides job opportunities and resources to students with disabilities. Their job portal features more than 100,000 active listings for positions spanning from architects to x-ray techs.
National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center - A network of non-profit organizations that serves as a hub for leading edge approaches to education and employment and proactive efforts that aim to shape and influence policy changes that will benefit the people it serves.
The American Association of People with Disabilities - This organization provides a Congressional Internship Program for college students with disabilities. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to recent graduates. Applications are due in February.
Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) - WRP connects undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested in paid internships
and full-time opportunities to private sector employers and federal agencies.
Jobs and Education for People with Disabilities - Learn about employment resources on how to find a government job and prepare for a job interview.
Department of Social Services - The EDD enhances employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Common Problems For Job Seekers With Disabilities - How To Navigate Common Concerns When Job Hunting With A Disability.
Barriers to Employment for Adults with Disabilities - RISE Services Inc - RISE provides services for people with disabilities including residential settings, day programs, employment assistance, managed care, and home and community based services.