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.
GENERAL RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION AND JOB SEEKERS WITH DISABILITIES
- Ability Magazine
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.
- Career Corner: Requesting Accommodations for Employment (closed captioned video with sign language interpreter)
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)
Job search help is available to all job seekers at approximately 2,000 American Job Centers located throughout the U.S. Services include free access to job banks, computers, resume writing tools and printers, networking groups and workshops, and more. People who have a disability may be eligible for additional services from the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, a core partner at AJCs. Learn more about American Job Centers.
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.
- Disabled Businesspersons Association
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.
- Employer's Guide to Hidden Disabilities
Provides information about the ADA, hidden disabilities and workplace accommodations. The booklet also includes an extensive list of resources related to this topic.
Where people with disabilities gather, network, & find success in the workplace with employers.
- Guidelines for Documentation of Physical Disabilities & Chronic Health Conditions
ETS standards for regarding documentation for test accommodations.
- Independent Living Research Utilization Job Announcements
Job announcements as a service to independent living centers, state independent living councils and other disability-related organizations.
- Job Accommodation Network
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.
- Job Opportunities in the Federal Government for 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
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
- National Council on Independent Living
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
- National Business and Disability Council
Post your resume and search for jobs.
- National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
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.
- US Business Leadership Network!
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.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
JOB SEEKERS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS
- American Foundation for the Blind
- A listing of jobs nationwide, by category (rehabilitation agencies, media, etc.) from the American Federation for the Blind:
- AFB CareerConnect
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.
- AFB CareerConnect
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING JOB SEEKERS
- American Sign Language Teachers Association
Job listings and resources for ASL teachers.
- The Deaf Resource Library
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.
- Employment and Deafness
A collection of articles from about.com about employment issues for deaf individuals.
- Deaf Education Web
Interested in working with others who are deaf or hard of hearing? Search their job listings for teaching opportunities.
- Jobs at Gallaudet University
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 resources for the deaf and hearing impaired.
JOB SEEKERS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
A collection of articles by licensed professional counselors about career and work issues for individuals with ADD.
- Accommodation Ideas for Individuals with Learning Disabilities
From the Job Accommodation Network.
- Working Effectively with Persons who have Cognitive Disabilities
Article from the Disability Law Resource Project.
- Coping with LD/ADD in the Work Place
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
Individuals with mental illnesses are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in any area of life, including employment. Some resources to support a job search.
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