Resources for Students with Disabilities
As a student with a disability, there are added challenges you might face in your internship and job search with regard to disability disclosure, discrimination, equal opportunity and employment accommodations. When considering a company, you will need the appropriate resources to evaluate the climate of the company and employees as well as policies affecting individuals with disabilities.
The Career Services staff at Saint Xavier University is readily available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding these challenges, including when and how to disclose a disability to an employer. Here are just some of the ways we can support you:
- Individual career counseling and advising
- Walk-in appointments, Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Scheduled appointments convenient with your schedule
- Networking events
- Career workshops and programs
In addition to our in-person services, we offer a number of helpful resources below to assist you in your career development endeavors.
General Career and Advocacy Resources
Look through these general resources to help you prepare for career and educational opportunities as a student with a disability. In addition, you will find advocacy resources highlighting information on anti-discrimination laws, equal opportunity, and employment accommodations.
Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 outline employment discrimination laws with regard to people with disabilities.
ABILITY Magazine strives to change public perception of what it means to have a disability and focuses on ability while shattering myths and stereotypes that surround disabilities.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, the office is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy is 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.
The United States Department of Labor has several agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.
The National Organization on Disability is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America's 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. The organization focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities offers many opportunities to connect with higher education professionals, other employers and college students with disabilities.
The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility -- in both the classroom and the workplace.
This directory lists the Selective Placement Program Coordinators in federal agencies who can provide information for local installations.
The Illinois Department of Human Services can help individuals and families with basic needs and resources pertaining to developmental disabilities, mental health and addiction.
Below you will find several job search websites that students with disabilities might find useful in conducting a job search.
Entry Point is a program by the American Association for the Advancement of Science that offers students with disabilities internship opportunities in the areas of computer science, business, science and engineering.
The Emerging Leaders Internship Program for college students with disabilities is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that also provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.
Lime Connect is attracting, preparing and connecting high potential university students and professionals with disabilities with recruiting opportunities, scholarships and fellows programs.
Bender Consulting Services Inc. recruits and hires people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors including major corporations and government agencies.
Ability Jobs is the first and largest employment website for job seekers with disabilities.
DisABLED person is job database with positions for persons with disabilities including featured employers and top city listings.
Getting Hired is a job search database bridging the gap between job seekers with disabilities and employers looking to hire.
Professional Organizations, Conferences and Networking
Connect with other students and professionals with disabilities through organizations, conferences and networking events.
The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
The Association of Higher Education and Disability is a premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
The US Business Leadership Network unites business around disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. It has more than 130 corporate partners spanning the technology, healthcare, financial, transportation, entertainment and retail industries.
The Viscardi Center is a network of non-profit organizations that provides a lifespan of services for children and adults with disabilities. It is 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.