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Managing your Career: Strategies for Students with Disabilities

These modules were designed to assist students with transitioning from school to work. This is a pilot project and we welcome your feedback. If you would like to provide feedback, contact information is provided at the end of each module.

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  1. Module 1: Career Planning
  2. Module 2: Understanding Employment Equity
  3. Module 3: Employment Barriers
  4. Module 4: Self-Advocacy & Disclosure
  5. Module 5: Workplace Accommodations
  6. Module 6: Resources for Students and Employers

Additional Resources

  • Community Resources: This list of community resources covers a range of programs available to persons with disabilities.
  • ODEN: A network of employment service providers united to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability. Find supportive agencies here!
  • Check out this collection of job search and career-related videos from the National Educational Association of Disabled Students:
  • Curious about less-than-full-time or work-from-home employment? Try searching for terms like "work from home" and "remote work".
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month: News and information on supports for individuals with disabilities seeking employment.
  • NCWD for Youth: Information and reflections on life and work for youth with disabilities.
  • DiscoverAbility Network: Ryerson's job board, Magnet, has partnered with the Ontario Chambers of Commerce to connect students and graduates with disabilities to employers who are motivated to hire you! Create a profile on the Magnet platform and self-identify (100% private) as a person with a disability to be "screened-in".

Career & Disability Workshops

Get Ready for Interviews

Looking for work?  Employers use the job interview for purposes of getting to know your motivations and qualifications for the position.  Learn how to plan for the interview process, and why there may be some reasons to request accommodation depending on what the interview process is. We will find answers to questions like:
  • How can I set myself up for success at an interview?
  • Why would I mention disability or accommodations?
  • How should I disclose or ask for accommodations if I think I need to?
If you have asked yourself any of the questions above or wondered about accessibility, let’s talk more about handling the interview and make a plan!

First Week On the Job

In this workshop we will explore questions like: What does work readiness mean?  What do you need to feel prepared and what kinds of support might you need from your employer? How do you ask for it? Why would I mention disability or accommodations? How should I disclose or ask for accommodations on the job?

Career and Disability Symposium