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For help with career exploration, job searching or internships, come speak with a Career Advisor. We also provide the following services:
• Campus Recruiting • Resource Library and Computers • Events & Workshops
American Association Of People With Disabilities
Internships, grants, health care benefits plan, much more.
Career Expo for People with Disabilities
Meet with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies looking to recruit new talent. Also Expos held in Washington D.C. (Nov), Los Angeles (Feb) and New York (Mar) held annually at different dates throughout the year (See website for details).
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
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.
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.
DiversityInc's mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. Additionally, DiversityInc also has the largest dedicated career center for diverse professionals.
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.
Equal Opportunity Publications
Publisher of the magazine, CAREERS & the disABLED, to which you can subscribe, EOP also offers a resume bank as well as career fairs for the differently-abled.
Finding Balance Through Disability
An article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, written by a woman with multiple sclerosis.
Guidelines for Documentation of Physical Disabilities & Chronic Health Conditions
ETS standards for regarding documentation for test accomodations.
Independent Living Research Utilization Job Announcements
Job announcements as a service to independent living centers, state independent living councils and other disability-related organizations.
JAN's Document Center
View all documents surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Know your rights in the job market, the meaning of "reasonable accommodation" and what to do if you are a victim of job discrimination.
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.
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission - Public Vocational Rehabilitation
Assisting individuals with disabilities to go to work.
National Business and Disability Council
Post your resume and search for jobs.
The ABCs of Success for Students with Disabilities
A helpful guide with many tips and pointers as to how one with abilities can succeed in the work place.
The 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.
To Disclose or Not to Disclose
From Muhlenberg College. Discusses how and when to disclose a disability during a job application process.
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- Temporary (summer only) and permanent employment opportunities are available for talented students with disabilities.
- The purpose of the program is to attract and refer talented students with disabilities to federal and private sector organizations for temporary and permanent employment.
- Students are interviewed on campuses across the country and names are placed in a database available to participating federal agencies. Grade level is determined by the number of college credits and experience obtained at the time of employment, and hiring is done under the Student Temporary appointment for the summer only.
- Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, The Washington Center is working to help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable work experience in public service.
- The Washington Center is able to provide a total of 50 competitive scholarship awards in the amount of $2,500 for students with disabilities interested in working in the executive, judicial or legislative branches of the federal government (scholarships are not available in the summer).
- Administered by AAPD and sponsored by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, second-semester sophomores through first-semester seniors interested in working on Capitol Hill are encouraged to apply. Accepted candidates will work in congressional offices in Washington, DC. Roundtrip air travel and housing will be provided to interns, and each student will receive a stipend.
- Applications now available from www.AAPD.com
- Questions and submissions for Congressional program: AAPDcongintern@aol.com.
- Administered by AAPD and sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in information technology are encouraged to apply. Accepted candidates will work in various agencies in the executive branch of the federal government. Roundtrip air travel and housing will be provided to interns, and each student will receive a stipend. Applications now available from www.AAPD.com.
- Questions and submissions for I.T. program: AAPDmsintern@aol.com.
- Internship program for college students with disabilities.
- Internship programs located at Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD), Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, CA), Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH), Independent Verification & Validation Facility (Fairmont, WV).
- Internships mainly specific to majors in Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. However, there are internships that are open to majors such as general business, accounting, finance, political science, communication, and education. In addition, internships are available at all levels (high school, undergraduate, graduate, doctorate fellows, and summer faculty positions).
- Questions related to application and accomodation: contact Denna Lambert at (301) 286 - 0844.
- The National Federation of the Blind 2001 Everest Expedition has made history by placing Erik Weihenmayer, a graduate of Boston College and the first blind mountaineer, and an integrated team of climbers atop the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest, on May 24, 2001. Read the article!
- American Foundation for the Blind
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.
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.
A job search engine, free for job seekers, that also includes an option to post a resume.
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.
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.
ADHD and the Workplace
A collection of links from about.com about issues relating to ADHD in the workplace.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
A collection of articles by licensed professional counselors about career and work issues for individuals with ADD.
Civil Rights for You
Chapter from Learning A Living, A Guide for Planning Your Career and Finding A Job for People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyslexia by Dale S. Brown.
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.
Make your Learning Disability Work for You
Tips on how you can make your learning disability work with you not against you on the job.
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.
Working in the Dark: Keeping your Job While Dealing with Depression
Website for a new book of the same name published in 2002. Site includes a sample chapter and a message board.
Handling your Psychiatric Disability in Work or School
From Boston University. An interactive and informative web site 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. Excellent site!
The Job Search Process For People Who Have Experienced or are Experiencing Mental or Emotional Illness
From the University of Pennsylvania. Gives advice on self-assessment, applications, interviewing, and job survival for individuals with mental illness.
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.