A Department of Student Affairs

Students with Disabilities

The Career Development Center is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to employment and internship opportunities and is committed to providing service and accommodation for students with disabilities during their career development process.  Our goal is to provide you with quality resources,

Below are resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process, this list is in no means exhaustive but will hopefully help you as you develop and achieve your career goals.

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Things to Think About

Getting Your Career on Track

Job and Internship Search Resources

Professional Contacts and Associations

Your Legal Rights

Campus Career Resources & Events

 

Things to Think About

As a student with a disability there are important factors for you to consider as you search for internships or employment or apply to graduate school.   You may have questions about your rights, disclosure, accommodations and which laws might apply to you.  Here are some resources to guide your career:

Accommodations

Employment

Disclosure or here

Civil Rights

Getting Your Career on Track

Landing a great job after graduation, or getting into graduate school, takes more than simply going to class each day. A few tips and facts are listed below to give you some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation.

Explore your Options

Explore your interests, strengths, personality, and values and how these relate to major and career options. Start by making an appointment with a Career Development Specialist in Career Services.

Get Experience!

50% of employers expect students to have 2 or more internships by graduation and graduate schools like applicants who have conducted research. Don’t know where to begin? Career Services can help you get started.

 

Become a Leader

Employers rank leadership experiences as second in importance when reviewing applicants. Take a leadership role in a student organization or register for a leadership class

Visit the Career Development Center

Career Development Center staff members are experts in helping students reach their career goals.  Because we regularly talk to employers in your industry, we have more insight than you will find through general online resources.  Call 405-974-3346 to schedule an appointment to speak to a Career Development Specialist.

 


Job & Internship Search Resources

There are a variety of websites for people with disabilities.  Here is sampling of some we thought might be most valuable.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Oklahoma State Rehabilitation Services

(State and federally funded employment program)

Career Preparation Resources

(Career planning resources and guidance)

Workforce Recruitment Program

A program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private 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

Ability Jobs & Resumes

National job listings and information about employment and disability

American Foundation for the Blind

DiversityWorld's Disability Page

Provides resources to improve job searching strategies and career development.

Job Accommodation Networks (JAN)

A website that works to employ and retain workers by providing information on accommodations, self-employment and other career opportunities.

National Organization on Disabilities

A website that places and promotes the presence of people with disabilities in professional positions.

Project HIRED

Private not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to assist individuals with disabilities to secure jobs appropriate to their qualifications and career goals. It also has a temporary staffing division.

Professional Contacts & Associations

Meeting with other students or professionals who have successfully made the transition from student to professional is a great way to gain useful information and network. Professional associations are groups of people who work in a specific industry or field of study.  You can attend meetings, special events or get to know professionals in some of the following organizations:

Mentoring Fact Sheet

American Bar Association Mentor Program

American Association of People with Disabilities

Association on Higher Education and Disability

Advancing Science, Serving Society

Disability Power and Pride

National Organization on Disability

Independent Living Institute Global Networking

World Institute on Disability

National Business and Disability Council

Create an account on the online professional networking site LinkedIn and join appropriate groups. 

Attend career fairs, workshops, student organization events, and educational speakers to expand your professional network. 

Your Legal Rights

As a student with a disability you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and what to do should it arise.  The following are resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination on an application, in a job interview or in the work place.

Oklahoma Disability Law Center

The ODLC mission reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to equal rights and to equally effective access to the same opportunities as are afforded to other members of society.

Handling Improper Interview Questions

An Article written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

National legal rights resources

Campus Career Resources & Events

UCO Career Development Center

HireBronchos- UCO's online job database that lists on-campus and off-campus part time, full time, and internship opportunities.   Current Students access through UCONNECT.  Alumni Click here.

Campus Events Calendar

 For more information about the University's support services, please visit UCO Disability Support Services' website, call 405-974-2516 (v/tty), or visit their office located in the Nigh University Center, Room 309.

*Please Note* By following the links to any of the external sites listed within this page, you will exit the OFFICIAL UCO WEBSITE and be directed to the respective resource which is not a part of the www.uco.edu domain.  The views and opinions expressed on the corresponding pages are those of the author, and while UCO may recommend the site as a resource we are not endorsing their opinions. The content of these pages is not regularly reviewed or approved by the University of Central Oklahoma.

In addition, the following websites provide general information about a variety of disabilities, associations, resources, and services. They are provided for information purposes only. The information included on this website does not imply an endorsement of any of the organizations authoring these sites.

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