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Disability Career Resources

Career Development
An important aspect of career development for a college student with a disability is to consider the impact of one’s condition in employment and to begin and plan for a successful transition into the workplace. The same disability laws that ensure non-discrimination and equal opportunity in education apply in employment. There are many resources that students can use to learn more about employment and disability. Importantly, many businesses and organizations are quite committed to employing people with disabilities and take affirmative efforts through their diversity programs to offer opportunities such as internships, mentoring programs, and scholarships.  Many businesses are very interested in offering these opportunities to specifically to Cornell students. Please review the opportunities that are regularly updated on the Student Disability Services website.

The resources below are national programs and organizations to promote employment of persons with disabilities and to answer questions about disability rights in employment.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) can help with questions about workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related disability legislation.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities on a national basis.  COSD works with higher education institutions and assists them in developing collaborative relationships between the Disability Services and Career Services offices on campuses.
The National Business and Disability Counsel (NBDC) is a resource for employers and job seekers in integrating into the workplace. The NBDC hosts the internship program Emerging Leaders. 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.
Disaboom is provides comprehensive information, insight, and personal engagement for the disability community.
LimeConnect offers a wide range of opportunities for both students and alumni with disabilities via The Lime Network.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Fact Sheet for Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act: provides information regarding your rights.
The Rochester Institute for Technology has a website that answers a lot of questions about disclosure of a disability in the workplace.