Students with Disabilities

Career Services is committed to ensuring students, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, or differing abilities, get access to whatever jobs match their goals and desires. Our goal is to help people with disabilities enhance their employability, and highlight the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. These are some resources to get you started.

Campus Resources

The focus of the Disabled Students Program (DSP)’s mission is to ensure full participation and equal access to all educational activities and classes at UCSB, and to facilitate student success for students with disabilities.
 
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a Schedule A recruitment program that connects employers in federal government to highly motivated college students with disabilities.  It serves as the fastest, easiest, and most direct pathway for eligible students who are eager to begin work in federal government.  Opportunities range from summer internships to full-time positions and are for ALL class levels in ALL fields!  Applications open in August and close in early October.  For more information and deadlines to apply through UCSB Career Services, please email your Campus Coordinator, eric.wilder@sa.ucsb.edu
 

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Career Information

Able 2 Work

Able-Disabled Advocacy (A-DA) is a non-profit organization  that provides employment and training services to individuals with all types of disabilities and other barriers to employment.

American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

A guide for people with disabilities seeking employment.

California Department of Rehabilitation
The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSWD)

COSWD offers many opportunities to connect with higher education professionals, other employers and college students with disabilities.

Disability Benefits 101
Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

Disability Rights California
The mission of the Disability Rights CA is to advance the rights of Californians with disabilities through education and support.

Equal Opportunity Publication (EOP)

Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP) has led the way in diversity recruitment with a portfolio of seven national career magazines, a diversity website, online job board, and Career Expos for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

Job Accomodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Office of Personnel Management

The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. OPM offers a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Respectability

Ensuring children and adults with disabilities receive the education, training and employment opportunities they need to succeed.

Riley Guide

These are resources specifically set up to meet the needs or address the interests of the disabled.

Social Security Administration - Benefits for those with Disabilities

An overview of the Social Security benefits available to those with disabilities.

Talent Knows No Limits
The Talent Knows No Limits (TKNL) public information campaign serves to spread awareness of the myriad of services and resources available to the disabled job-seeking community.

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commision
This website provides information related to all the laws and rights one with disabilities has when seeking employment and in the workplace.

Wright Choice

WrightChoice, Inc. serves educational institutions, business and non-profit communities by sourcing and developing under-represented talent.  Their services focus on career and professional development, job readiness, internship placement, disability inclusion and diversity training.

 

 

Professional Associations

American Association of the Advancement of Science
Offers outstanding paid, 10 week internships through Entry Point to students with disabilities majoring in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Computer Science and Economics.

American Association of People with Disabilities

AAPD works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by acting as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Also look at the Job Board the AAPD website has to offer!

California Council of the Blind

The mission of the California Council of the Blind (CCB) is to gain full independence and equality of opportunity for all blind and visually impaired Californians.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Learning disabilities association of America (LDA) is dedicated to identifying causes and promoting prevention of learning disabilities and to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families by encouraging effective identification and intervention, fostering research, and protecting their rights under the law

Lime Connect

Lime Connect is a global not for profit organization that's rebranding disability through achievement. We do that by attracting, preparing and connecting high potential university students & alumni who happen to have disabilities for scholarships, internships, The Lime Connect Fellowship Program and full time careers with our corporate partners - the world's leading corporations.

National Business & Disability Council

The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center offers job seekers with disabilities the opportunity to search our database for current job postings. Please note, job seekers utilizing these resources must be a U.S. citizen or a documented alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind can help you: Find hope and move forward after vision loss. Access local and nationwide networks of blind people who can provide information and support about all aspects of living, working, learning, and thriving as a blind person. Meet and make friends with blind people who share your profession, hobbies, interests, or goals. Learn about and select the right technology for your active and productive life as a blind person.

Job Links

The Goal of Ability Jobs is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. By posting job opportunities, or searching resumes, employers can find qualified persons with disabilities as well as demonstrate their affirmative action and open door policies.
 
AbilityLinks is the nation's leading Disability Employment community where businesses post jobs and search resumes, and job seekers who self-identify having a disability, post resumes and apply for jobs - No information about disability type is asked. Skilled AbilityLinks Counselors, who also have a disability, provide information, referrals and the human touch!
 
At Bender Consulting Services, Inc. the mission is to recruit and hire people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors.
 
A government-run job board with listings from across the nation from companies specifically seeking employees with disabilities.

DisabledPerson.com
Their commitment is to provide an online, targeted recruiting site that effectively connects proactive employers with job seekers with disabilities.

The Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities, funded by The UPS Foundation and coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that also provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.
 
Entry Point! identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.

Gettinghired.com
“Careers & Community for Talented People with Disabilities.” A national employment and social networking portal that connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them.

National Business and Disability Council
Provides a free resume database service as well as job postings by companies wishing to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce.

Find a job that works for you at a company that's recruiting people with disabilities.
 
Project HIRED is Northern California’s premier provider of job search, training and placement services for adults with disabilities who desire to enter or re-enter the workforce. Project HIRED was created with the commitment to empower individuals with disabilities to become independent job seekers and to focus on ability.
 
We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.