Students with Disabilities

Acquire Career Connections, Employability Skills and Support (ACCESS) Program

Are you seeking clarity about your career future? Wondering how you will develop employment skills and connections through experience? Curious about how you’ll be supported in the workplace once you leave university?

ACCESS is a pilot program that provides experiential learning to students at UTSC who have a disability and face barriers to employment. The Fall pilot will be in partnership with the Rouge Valley Health System (Scarborough Hospital). Throughout the program, students will engage in individual and group activities to gain confidence, build professional skills, clarify their career options and make employment connections. 

In this 6-session program commencing on Thursday, October 11 during Reading Week and concluding on Thursday, November 15, students will

  • Acquire an understanding of barriers to employment for Ontarians with disabilities, as well as associated mandatory workplace legislation and accommodations
  • Gain exposure to a range of careers that exist both within a hospital environment and other workplaces concerned with health care and wellness
  • Research careers of interest and use decision-making tools to prioritize future possibilities
  • Draft, edit and finalize a written resume
  • Prepare and present a confident in-person self-introduction
  • Participate in an individual or team-based project on an accessibility topic related to the workplace
  • Attend two employer events at the Scarborough Hospital, that will include a tour and a chance to network with Hospital staff
  • Contribute to a better understanding of accessibility concerns in the workplace by sharing project results and reflections with program leaders

Students who participate will be paid a stipend of $125 if they attend all six sessions; transportation to the hospital, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons as set out in the schedule below:

Thursday, October 11
1:00-4:00pm
Student Development 1: Welcome & Orientation
  • Program Overview, Employability Skills, AODA Lecture, Resume Building
Thursday, October 18
1:00-3:00pm
Student Development 2: Careers in Health Care
  • Occupational research and career decision making
Thursday, October 25
1:00-3:00pm
Student Development 3: Prep for Rouge Valley Visit 1
  • Occupational research and career decision making
Thursday. November 1
1:00-4:00pm
Employer Visit 1: Tour and Project Discussion
  • Tour, networking session, presentation by Rouge Valley
Thursday, November 8
1:00-3:00pm
Student Development 4: Prep for Rouge Valley Visit 2
  • Project presentation dry-run, presentation skills training
Thursday, November 15
1:00-4:00pm
Employer Visit 2: Project presentations
  • Presentations, evaluations, reflections

To register, sign up on CLN (go to "Events & Workshops Calendar" then "UTSC Academic Advising & Career Centre"). For more information contact Liz Annis in the AA&CC at lizannis@utsc.utoronto.ca

 

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.

  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

  • Check out this collection of job search and career-related videos from the National Educational Association of Disabled Students: http://www.neads.ca/en/norc/videos/employment.php

  • Community Resources
  • Lime Connect: This organization connects high potential university students/graduates, who happen to have disabilities, with scholarships and work opportunities.
  • 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.
  • ODEN: A network of employment service providers united to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability. Find supportive agencies here!