Students with Disabilities
Disabilities and the Workplace
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations. The ADA's nondiscrimination standards also apply to federal sector employees under section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and it's implementing rules.
For information pertaining to the ADA legislation and an overview, please refer to the link listed below: http://www.csun.edu/~sp20558/dis/ada2.html
Disclosing a Disability
Now that you have a feel for your rights under the legislation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are also important considerations to be made when interviewing for employment. Candidates must take into account both when they disclose that they have a disability and how they disclose that they have a disability.
For some information illustrating tips on disability disclosure, please refer to the links listed below:
There are many aspects of career development/planning as well as utilizing job search skills that are specific to person's with disabilities. The links below serve as valuable resources covering a range of information from available jobs, to federal programs, to job seeking tips:
- 8 tips for job seekers with disabilities
- Bender Consulting Services - Provides employment opportunities in technology for people with disabilities.
- Career One Stop - Search for a One-Stop nearest you. One-Stops provide employment services to both individuals seeking employment and employers seeking job candidates.
- Hire Disability Solutions
- Lift, Inc. - Nonprofit organization that works with major corporations to recruit, train, and place information technology consultants who have disabilities.
- National Business & Disability Council
- 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.
- TransAccess, Inc. - Prepares individuals with disabilities for jobs in Information Technology and identifies jobs in San Francisco Bay Area businesses. Access to mentors and job shadowing opportunities are also available through this agency.