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Students with Disabilities Career Resources

The internship and job search process, along with other career development journeys, can be overwhelming for any student to go through. The Office of Career Services is committed to supporting students with disabilities throughout their career exploration process. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor and explore our online resources!

Job Search

  • Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - Assists with gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to secure the career of your choice.
  • AbilityJOBS - Leading career website dedicated to employment of people with disabilities.
  • GettingHired - Recruitment solution dedicated to helping inclusive employers hire professional individuals and veterans with disabilities. 
  • Job Accommodation Network - JAN is a comprehensive job resource that offers free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
  • My Plus Students' Club - Mission to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition doesn't prevent anyone from having the career that they want to have. Website includes resources, tips, and guidelines for navigating the job search experience. 
  • ACCES-VR- The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities to find and keep suitable employment and independent living needs. 

Professional Associations

  • Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities - Provides free resources and support for its members including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, NPs, students, and other health care professionals. 
  • Disabled Businesspersons Association - Dedicated to advocating vocational rehabilitation and enhancing the competitive performance of the enterprising disabled in the workplace. 
  • AHEAD - Association on Higher Education and Disability is the leading professional membership association for individuals committed to equity for persons with disabilities in higher education.
  • NOD - The National Association on Disability focuses on increasing employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities who are not employed. 
  • American Foundation for the Blind - AFB aims to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. 
  • DREAM - Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring mission is to advance the interests of students with disabilities and their allies. DREAM advocates for student rights, increased accessibility, social and policy change, and aims to support and mentor local campus groups.

Other Resources

Interviewing Tips

  • Notify the employer in advance if you require an accommodation during the interview process
  • The ADA restricts the types of questions an employer can ask during an interview. They are prohibited from asking questions that will likely expose an applicant's disability prior to making an employment offer.
  • If you are asked an improper question, respond in a way that addresses the question's true objective. RIT provides examples: 
    • If the interviewer asks, “Are you disabled?,” you can interpret that the intent of this question is really “Can you perform the essential duties of this job?”. So, you may want to respond by saying “I’m assuming you’re asking this question because you want to know if I’m able to perform the essential duties of this job, and I assure you I’m capable of performing the essential functions related to this position.”
    • If you aren't sure what the intent of the question is, ask the interviewer to further explain what it is he/she is asking. You could do this by saying, “I haven’t been asked this question before. Can you tell me more about what it is that you’d like to know?”

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Last Updated 10/27/20

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