Our plan to help students overcome the obstacles to successful employment after graduation involves close coordination with the UNT Career Center, State and Local Government, Employers and of course, you the student.
First, we are focusing on the fundamentals. Disability or not, all job seekers must understand the fundamentals of the career hunt. Interview skills, resume writing, how to find jobs, these skills must be even more finely tuned for jobseekers with disabilities. For this, we refer students to the professionals at the UNT Career Center http://careercenter.unt.edu/.
Second, obviously there are unique concerns for job seekers with disabilities that can mean the difference in being hired or not. The ODA is offering seminars and sessions on the optimal ways to disclose a disability to employers, reasonable accommodations on the job, your rights as a jobseeker with disabilities and you can view the excellent disability employment transition videos at http://www.tsbvi.edu/distance/employment-law.html.
Third, the ODA will have representatives at all the UNT job fairs (http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/events). The goal of our presence at the job fairs is to be a resource for both you and employers on disability issues and employment. Employers, that agree to participate, will have small signs on their table which indicate they are, “Interested in hiring a diverse workforce.” Many of these employers will be directly contacted by the ODA to discuss the benefits employees with disabilities bring to the workforce. We will also be ambassadors to all the employers at the job fair in an effort to encourage consideration of job candidates with disabilities. Our staff will also be available to answer your questions and distribute materials.
Lastly, the ODA will be hosting or collaborating with the following off-campus programs https://wrp.gov (Fall semesters only), http://www.cosdonline.org/full-access, http://www.viscardicenter.org/services/nbdc/emerging-leaders, http://ehrweb01.aaas.org/entrypoint, http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/overview.html.
Each summer, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) places college students, graduate students and recent graduates with disabilities in paid internships in the Washington, DC area. The internships are with Congressional offices, federal agencies and nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Program is open to students or recent graduates with any type of disability. Visit their website for an application and deadlines.