CDPI Session 2A: Visible Yet Overlooked: Making Career Services More Effective for College Students with Physical Disabilities
From Karley Clayton
College students with physical disabilities are underrepresented when it comes to employment opportunities after graduation. Job applicants with mobility, orthopedic, visual and hearing impairments have apparent disabilities that can trigger employers unconscious stigma or concerns, particularly if they have limited experience providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. A key reason graduates with physical disabilities struggle to find equitable employment is their limited engagement with Career Services as undergraduates. The presenters, staff members at the Gregory S. Fehribach Center and former Disability Services professionals, will share best practices for collaborating with campus colleagues to enhance students with disabilities engagement with Career Services. Included in the discussion will be a description of an innovative practice to ensure that career assessments are accessible and relevant to students with disabilities. Attendees of this session will acquire practical takeaways that will foster greater inclusivity for students with disabilities.