Resources for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities face many barriers to employment, including but not limited to lack of mentorship and discriminatory hiring. At the Strommen Center, we want to help you break down those barriers and provide resources to make your job search successful and empowering.

Job Search Resources

Chronically Capable: supports job seekers with chronic illnesses and disabilities by helping them find work with vetted employers who care about their success; also provides career guidance and support to job seekers

Ability JOBS: the largest job site for people with disabilities, offers virtual career fairs, and provides other resources

Inclusively: supports job seekers who benefit from workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act

DisABLEDPerson: a job board for people with disabilities focused on reducing unemployment rates of individuals and veterans with disabilities

Recruit Disability: a job board that also provides salary research

Workforce Recruitment Program: managed but the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Department of Defense; offers work experience in the federal government

Career Resources

Careerwise – Minnesota State: a variety of resources linking to a variety of program, services, job boards, and accommodation networks

Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota – Employment Services: offers Employment First services for those with disabilities including customized job shadowing, training and coaching, and volunteering.

DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring): A program of the National Center for College Students for Disabilities run for and by students with disabilities. They offer campus resources, the option to create a campus group, and ways to get involved with them and the community.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities: offers online mentoring for young adults with disabilities

American Bar Association Mentor Program: a mentorship program for law students and recent law school graduates who have disabilities

Entry Point: the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) hosts this program to encourage and develop talent among undergraduates and graduate students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a STEM career

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development Services: provides counseling, training, and a variety of services as well as specialized services for those who are blind or visually impaired.

NACE – Disability Resources: a list of resources and organizations that advocate for equality in the workforce for those with disabilities

Additional Resources

ACLU – Know Your Rights: includes information on your rights as a person with a disability

National Organization on Disability: provides tools and resources as well as events and membership with the goal of increasing employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities

World Institute on Disability: advances the inclusion, rights, and justice of people with disabilities through community solutions