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Career Development & Resources for Students with Disabilities

Career Development & Resources for Students with Disabilities

Students are encouraged to explore their interests and abilities to develop a clear career development plan. The resource list below includes job and internship sites that you can apply to, as well as, resources relating to handling disclosures and workplace accommodations.

Current OSS students are encouraged to schedule a consultation appointment with the OSS Career Liaison Sonia Doyle, who can help you explore your career goals and connect you with your assigned Career Advisor at the Cahill Career Center.

Below are some additional career resources you may find helpful.

AAPD Career Center

AAPD Career Center: Resource for Job Seekers with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Career Center (jobs.aapd.com) is a premier source for people with disabilities to search for and land professional careers with leading employers. The AAPD Career Center attracts leading companies and universities to find qualified and diverse candidates. The new AAPD Career Center makes it easier than ever to find the right opportunities for you – get started today by uploading your resume and browsing recent listings.

Website: http://jobs.aapd.com

ABILITY Jobs

ABILITY Jobs

An employment website for job seekers with disabilities.

Website: https://abilityjobs.com/job-search/

Career Options for the Visually Impaired

Career Options for the Visually Impaired

Online resource page for job seekers with a vision impairment.

Website: https://www.nvisioncenters.com/education/careers-for-visually-impaired/

Disability:IN - NextGen Leader Program

Disability:IN – NextGen Leader Program

Free mentorship, career development, and job opportunities for college students and recent grads, including veterans, with disabilities.  Program is held annually.

For more information on the program, please visit:
https://disabilityin.org/what-we-do/nextgen-leaders-initiatives/apply-faq/

* Applications for 2024 are now OPEN  *

Disability Employment Source (DES)

Disability Employment Source (DES)

National Business & Disability Council’s new platform connects job seekers with disabilities with employers across the country in a variety of industries.

DES offers a:

  • Skills assessment which allows job seekers to answer career and life interest questions designed to match them to applicable jobs;
  • Resume builder that is fully endorsed by HR professionals across the country;
  • Mentorship portal where candidates can connect to corporate mentors via email, phone, text, and video chat;
  • Personalized dashboard that provides people with disabilities with an array of job opportunities, benefits, and nonprofits local to them; and
  • Online job training in over 250 various courses, as well as e-learning software to help people with disabilities improve their skills.

Website: https://www.viscardicenter.org/nbdc/disability-employment-source/

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN (Job Accommodation Network)

JAN provides free consulting services for all individuals, regardless of employment status. Services include anonymous one-on-one consultation (by phone or online) about all aspects of workplace accommodations, including but not limited to the accommodation process, how to manage disability-related disclosures and ADA compliance assistance.

Website: https://askjan.org/index.cfm

The Lime Network

The Lime Network

The Lime Network is a free exclusive resource for individuals with a disability. Lime Network benefits include:

Access to our career/professional development platform and app notifications of:  

  • new internship, co-op, and full-time career postings based on industry and role preferences;
  • recruitment and networking receptions;
  • professional development exercises and workshops, webinars and teleseminars related to career and interview skills, industry overviews, disclosure, and more;
  • outstanding co-branded partner scholarships for current university students; and
    partner-hosted events

Website: https://www.limeconnect.com/#who-we-are

NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)

The mission of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is to enable eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve an employment outcome consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities, and capabilities.  

  • Highlights of what NJ-DVRS offers:
    • Career Counseling
    • Job Placement and Supported Employment Services
    • Financial Assessments and Planning
    • Work Related Accommodations and Assistive Technology

Website: https://www.nj.gov/labor/career-services/special-services/individuals-with-disabilities/

 

New York Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

New York Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation

New York Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) – New York State ACCES-VR starts with the presumption that all individuals with disabilities can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services and should have opportunities to work in jobs integrated within their communities.  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors guide individuals through service programs they need to reach their employment goal.

Website: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

The Office of Specialized Services is a participant in the Workforce Recruitment Program.

About the Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor and
the U.S. Department of Defense, is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal
and select private-sector employers with highly motivated college students, graduate students
and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the
workplace through internships or permanent jobs.

Who Can Apply?

Students and recent graduates from Ramapo College can apply to WRP if they:

  • have a disability and are eligible under the Schedule A hiring authority
  • are a U.S. citizen or national (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program on a substantially full-time basis
  • have graduated with a degree on or after April 1, 2022.

New and returning WRP applicants must register and complete an application each year to
continue to participate.  Student registration is closed. Please check back August 2024 for the next registration cycle.  

Website: Students – Workforce Recruitment Program

WRP School Coordinator: Sonia Doyle

Contact

Email: sdoyle3@ramapo.edu or make an appointment through Connect!

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