Career Resources for Students with Disabilities
Services for Students with Disabilities
Workforce Recruitment Program: The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
Blue Paths Internship Program for Students with Autism: The Blue Paths to Success program is an opportunity for current college students on the autism spectrum who are enrolled in a 4-year college undergraduate or 2 year graduate program at the sophomore level or above to gain work experience with a leading health insurer.
Disability-Friendly Employers: The National Organization on Disabilities recognizes the top companies leading the way in disability hiring.
AAPD Summer Internship Program: Since 2002, the AAPD Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.
Emerging Leaders: Studies have proven that volunteering or participating in an internship are the best predictors of future success in the workplace. The Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities gives college students with disabilities the opportunity to jumpstart their career path and gain a competitive edge.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: COSD’s mission is to assist you, a college student or a recent graduate with a disability, to have the tools and the knowledge to a have a career of your choice. This takes work and effort, but with great support from your Disability Services and Career Services offices on your campus, as well as employer connections through COSD, we can all work together to navigate career development and landing that career.
AccessComputing: The Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) helps students with disabilities successfully pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in computing fields, and works to increase the capacity of postsecondary institutions and other organizations to fully include students with disabilities in computing courses and programs.
disABLEDperson.com: disABLEDperson.com is a premier Job Board for People with disABILITIES since 2002. They boast over 40,000 active jobs with hundreds of new jobs posted every day from all across the U.S. posted by companies who are looking to hire people with disabilities. Disability Employment is their passion as they work closely with employers to place their job openings for you, the disability community. They work closely with disABILITY Organizations and State Vocational Rehabilitation Departments again from all across the U.S.
Bender Consulting: Assists individuals with disabilities in getting hired and recruited for positions within the private and public sector
Lime Connect: This organization assists student with scholarships, professional development webinars along with information about internships and full-time job opportunities
The American Association of People with Disabilities: This organization provides a Congressional Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities. It’s open to undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to recent grads
Entry Point: Entry Point is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that offers internship opportunities for students with disabilities. Internships will range in discipline from Computer Science, Business to Science and Engineering
During the course of your job search, you may find it necessary to educate potential employers regarding accommodations and your rights. These resources can provide valuable information that you can pass on or relay to your employer.
Disability.gov: The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Workplace Accommodations: High Cost, Low Impact: This outlines a study by Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), that shows that workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways.
Employer Accommodation Resource Network: Provides free technical assistance for employers in their efforts to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities.
The ADA: Your Responsibilities as an Employer: A guide targeted to employers regarding their responsibilities as outlined in the ADA.