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Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

Disclosing and asking for accommodations

Often when meeting with students the question about when to disclose a disability during the internship/job search arises. There are several factors to consider include whether accommodations will be needed during the interview process or on the job. The following discusses the need for disclosure, timing of disclosure and request for accommodations.

Is there a need to disclose?

Before asking the question, “Do I need to disclose? “gather as much information as possible. Consider the following:

Employer

Internship/Job Description

Self

When is the right time to disclose during the application process?

Disclosing a disability in a resume or cover letter may feel empowering. However, it’s hard to tell if the employer may have stereotypes about disabilities which prevent you from securing an interview. Let’s consider the timing of disclosing with the following:

Before the interview

During the interview
After the job offer

After the job begins

While on the job

Never

How to disclose to an employer (during the application process)

Prior to the interview
During the interview
After accepting the job offer
After the job begins

Resources

Disability Law

Below are resources to help you become more familiar with disability legislation:

Office of Disability Employment Policy: Provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the public.

Equip for Equality: Serves as a legal advocate and as an independent watchdog for individuals with disabilities. Providing free legal advice and representation for Illinois residents.

Requesting Job Accommodations

Here are some resources to consider when thinking of accommodations in the workplace:

Job Accommodations Network: The leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC): A national network of centers that provide information, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Employment Resources

Below are several resources that might lead to great opportunities for both internship and employment:

Bender Consulting Services: A technology-based consulting firm, specializing in creating employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, in the information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, and various other competitive employment areas.

Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program: Emerging Leaders is a highly competitive program that places undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities.

Getting Hired: A national employment portal connecting job seekers with employers.

Lime Connect: We are a global organization that's rebranding disability through achievement. Lime Connect represents the largest network of high potential university students connect them with professionals who happen to have disabilities in the world.

Workforce Recruitment Program: A free resource that connects federal agencies nationwide with recent graduates with disabilities. It is the primary portal to federal employment.