Today's workforce is more diverse than ever, employing individuals of all backgrounds including those with disabilities. To become their best self-advocates in the workplace, students with disabilities should prepare themselves to face unique challenges in their career planning and employment processes. The following resources can help students with disabilities better understand these challenges and highlight resources and services that will advance their career success.
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Below are some job sites specifically for people with disabilities and employers who want to hire them:
GENERAL RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS WITH DISABILITIES
The goal of ABILITYJobs and JobAccess is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. By posting job opportunities, employers not only exhibit an open door policy, but also demonstrate their responsiveness to affirmative action by genuinely recruiting qualified persons with disabilities.
Internships, grants, health care benefits plan, much more.
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Presented by Lisa Maberry, Microsoft, Alissa Brower-Severini and Rene Forsythe, Lime Connect This session will cover whether, when, and how to disclose your disability and ask for accommodations during the recruiting process, onboarding or throughout employment. We will focus on identifying what you need to be successful in each setting and how to communicate the unique strengths you have as a person with a disability. (2020 Ability Summit)
A consortium composed of large and small universities, well-known national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. Best features include profiles of featured employers, employees and students and their membership directory which can be a resource for persons seeking contact information for COSD members in their area or field of work.
This guide includes tips and resources to help students transition from college to career, an overview of the various cognitive, physical, or other types of disabilities students face while attending school, and reviews of several technologies and advocate groups available to students who face various disabilities, such as ADD, autism, and more.
The staff of Computer Technologies Program (CTP) prepares people with disabilities for professional employment by providing technical training, coaching and associated services.
The U.S. government has compiled information about your employment rights, gain access to job bank and resume-building sites, and learn about work incentives for Social Security recipients and job accommodations.
A nonprofit organization whose services include: Personal Business Advisor; Business Plan and Financial Assistance Packaging; Market and Product Research Marketing; Advertising and Public Relations; Presentation and Proposal Documentation; and more.
Provides information about the ADA, hidden disabilities and workplace accommodations. The booklet also includes an extensive list of resources related to this topic.
ETS standards for regarding documentation for test accommodations.
Job announcements as a service to independent living centers, state independent living councils and other disability-related organizations.
JAN is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.
This page explains federal policies toward hiring people with disabilities and workplace accommodation, and provides detailed instructions for people with disabilities who are interested in applying for a job in the Federal government.
Lime Connect works to connect students and alumni with disabilities to opportunities with top companies.
A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students With Disabilities
Mission: As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. Vision: NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.The USBLN® is pleased to recognize its sponsors and their generous support
Post your resume and search for jobs.
Where people with disabilities gather, network, & find success in the workplace with employers.
Resume Tips for Job Seekers with Disabilities (resumebuilder.com)
Read about best practices for resume writing, laws that protect you from discrimination, and several other topics that you should know about as a disabled worker.
Helps persons with disabilities interested in studying, teaching, conducting research, interning or volunteering abroad to find exchange programs, as well as any disability-related accommodation and accessibility information needed to make the international experience a success.
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is the national business organization currently representing 55 BLN affiliates in 32 states including the District of Columbia and more than 5,000 employers using a “business to business” strategy to promote the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce.
JOB SEEKERS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS
A listing of jobs nationwide, by category (rehabilitation agencies, media, etc.) from the American Federation for the Blind:
Links job seekers to career exploration and planning resources as well as to a network of blind and visually impaired people who offer first-hand information and advice about job experience and the assistive technology they use to other blind or visually impaired individuals, rehabilitation professionals, teachers and parents.
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING JOB SEEKERS
Job listings and resources for ASL teachers.
A comprehensive collection of online reference material and links on deaf and hard-of-hearing topics. Includes indices of national/state/private organizations for the deaf as well schools for the deaf and deaf-owned businesses.
A collection of articles from about.com about employment issues for deaf individuals.
Interested in working with others who are deaf or hard of hearing? Search their job listings for teaching opportunities.
Another job board site with listings in the areas of agency, business, education, interpreters, mental health, and organizations. Focuses on employment opportunities for deaf people and persons that serve this population.
Search for jobs at the world's only university designed exclusively to educate and serve deaf and hard of hearing people and those who work with them.
JOB SEEKERS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES
A collection of articles by licensed professional counselors about career and work issues for individuals with ADD.
From the Job Accommodation Network.
Article from the Disability Law Resource Project.
From the Vancouver Island Invisible Disability Association. Offers a good pro and con list of if and when to disclose to your employer.
JOB SEEKERS WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS
From Boston University. An interactive and informative website for people with a psychiatric condition that addresses issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school. This is the only site designed exclusively to provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment and education issues for people with psychiatric disabilities.
JOB SEEKERS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS
Following are articles from the Job Accommodation Network on how employers can accommodate people with various health problems. These articles give some ideas about how you as an employee could ask for accommodation. For a more thorough list, visit their search engine.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Epilepsy/ Seizure Disorder
- Parkinson's Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
FEDERAL AGENCIES, DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS, AND GENERAL RESOURCES
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- American Bar Association: Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
- American Council for the Blind
- Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
- Disability Rights Education Defense Fund
- Learning Disabilities Association
- National Association of the Deaf
- National Council on Disability
- National Easter Seals
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- National Organization on Disability
- Hearing Loss Association of America
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
- Social Security Administration
- The Alzheimers Association
- The Arc
- United Cerebral Palsy
- United States Brain Injury Alliance
- US Department of Labor
- US Department of Transportation
- World Institute on Disability