As a student or alum with a disability or with accommodations, you may have additional questions as you transition to the workplace. You may even have questions about whether or not you have a disability. If you receive accommodations through the university’s Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS), or had an IEP or a 504 plan in high school, you qualify as a person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But that’s not all! The ADA defines disability as any impairment that substantially limits major life activities such as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working. Most students are unaware that this includes two conditions that are prevalent on our campus: ADHD and mental health issues.
At each stage of the recruitment and hiring process-- career preparation, job search, application, interview -- you may need to consider how your accommodations or disability will affect your performance. Once you’re hired, what about succeeding in the job? Will your need for accommodations or disability affect your performance on the job? Which accommodations are best for you?
Disclosing a disability is an individual decision. You are never required to disclose a disability at any point in the employment process. However, your disability may be visible, or you may want to disclose in order to receive accommodations, or you may feel that your disability is an important part of who you are. Whether you need to disclose, when to disclose, and how to disclose can be complicated, and we are here to help.
We encourage students to turn accommodations/disability into an asset. You do this by demonstrating that you have the knowledge, know-how and resources to partner effectively with the organization to put in place the accommodations or work-arounds that you need to succeed. Demonstrating such mastery shows an organization that you are persistent, resilient, a creative problem-solver, and a good communicator, and that the success of the company is your primary interest. We can assist you in developing that mastery. Login to Careers4Terps to request an appointment and discuss these issues with a career advisor.
The Center works closely with the University’s Accessibility and Disability Service. The Center also has a dedicated staff person to support students with accommodations or disabilities in the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding process. We offer programs and workshops throughout the year and we hope to see you there. Check the Center’s calendar for events. Past programs have included:
EmployABILITY Workshop series:
- Workforce Recruitment Program for federal internships and hiring
- Schedule A, Best Places to Work (public sector/private sector) and How to Get Hired;
- Employment Resources for Students with ADHD
- Disclosure: Turning Disability into an Asset
- Employer Panel: Disability-friendly Employers Tell the 3 Secrets to Getting Hired
Resources on Disclosure
Resources on Accommodations
- “A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations” This series offers many suggestions for accommodations and workarounds for many different disabilities.
Special Hiring Opportunities for Students with Accommodations or Disabilities
- Workforce Recruitment Program (internships with federal government)
- Schedule A (hiring in the federal government)
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (private sector employers)