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Students with Disabilities

Resources for Students with Disabilities

Fordham University Contact
Ms. Carolyn Mooney, Director of Disability Services
Lowenstein Room 207
(212) 636-6282

Job Search/Career:
COSD: COSD is a unique 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. Students can register with this site and then search the COSD database which offers contact information to large corporations in various fields.

The National Business & Disabilities Council: The National Business & Disability Council is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace.  This organization offers job seekers the ability to post their resume and search job and internship listings.  In addition the NBDC provides resources and hosts career events for people with disabilities.

Job Access: The goal of job access is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment.  Job seekers can use this site to search for positions, post resumes and participate in online job fairs.

Just One Break: Just One Break’s (JOB) mission is to find competitive employment for people with disabilities through partnerships with companies in all industries.  They help place people with disabilities in full-time jobs and internships.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN): JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, job searches, legal issues, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects.

The Workforce Recruitment Program for People with Disabilities: The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource to connect public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields. Interested students must contact their Office of Career Planning & Placement for more information.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Careers: DO-IT CAREERS, which stands for Careers, Academics, Research, Experiential Education and Relevant Skills, is a DO-IT program that focuses on successful career preparation for individuals with disabilities.  DO-IT staff can also help college students participate in work-based learning experiences such as internships, cooperative education, job shadowing, service learning, independent study, and informational interviews.

Disability Info: This site, produced by the U.S. government, provides information about your employment rights, offers access to job bank and resume-building sites, and information about work incentives for Social Security recipients and job accommodations.

Equal Opportunity Publications: This company publishes the magazine, CAREERS & the disABLED, their website also offers a resume bank as well as career fairs for the differently-abled.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment of Persons with Disabilities: This office provides information for potential applicants on how to get a Federal job, how positions are filled, how reasonable accommodations are made, and includes resources that can help you with a wide range of issues that pertain to the Federal employment of adults with disabilities.  Links to other organizations that provide employment assistance to persons with disabilities are provided.

Print Resources:

Allen, J. (1994). Successful Job Search Strategies for the Disabled: Understanding the ADA. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Ryan, D. (2000).  Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities.  New York: Jist Publishing.

Bolles, R., Brown, D. (2001) Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities. New York: Ten Speed Press.

Disclosure and Legal Issues:

Tips for Self Advocacy in the Workplace by Dale S Brown, in Linkages, Fall 1997 Vol. 4, No. 2, pp 13-17.

Guide to Disability Law is a general primer on the various federal laws that impact the lives of people with disabilities.

Students with Disabilities, To Disclose or not to Disclose: That is the Question. Discusses how and when to disclose a disability during a job application process.

Specific Disabilities:

American Council of the Blind Job Connection: Job listings by industry.

AFB CareerConnect: Links job seekers to several career resources including job listings, workplace accommodations and a network of blind and visually impaired people who offer first-hand information and advice about job experience and the assistive technology they use.

National Association of the Deaf Job Market: This site offers job seekers the opportunity to search listings in fields such as interpreting, education, and mental health services.  In addition job seekers can directly apply to positions via this site.

The Job Search Process for People Who Have Experienced or are Experiencing Mental or Emotional Illness:
From the University of Pennsylvania. This link offers advice on self-assessment, applications, interviewing, and job survival for individuals who are experiencing mental or emotional illness.

Handling your Psychiatric Disability in Work or School: From Boston University. This link, designed for people with a psychiatric condition, addresses issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school. The site also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment and education issues for people with psychiatric disabilities.

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