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The CDO is committed to partnering with students and alumni with disabilities in all stages of the career development process. We encourage members of the Vassar community who have questions pertaining to career development and disability to make an appointment with our career counselors. The CDO also has numerous online resources intended to help people with disabilities find jobs and internships, secure accommodation in the workplace, and understand their rights under the ADA and related legislation:

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD is America’s largest disability rights organization. The AAPD works to influence legislation as is pertains to the intersection of disability with education, the workplace and employment, health, and housing, among other areas. The AAPD also runs a summer internship program that finds competitive internships in Washington DC for students and graduates with disabilities. In addition, the AAPD publishes the annual Disability Equality Index, which assesses major employers according to national benchmarks on corporate policies and practices for disability employment inclusion and accessibility.

Connect

COSD and Our Ability joined forces to launch Connect. Connect helps college students and recent graduates with disabilities connect with employers seeking them. Connect is a highly interactive, intuitive, and cool tool for students and employers to learn about each other. Students are able to share stories, videos, and more to help showcase their abilities and interests. Employers can use this exciting new tool to find and engage qualified students.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov is the United States federal government’s comprehensive website for information on – and services for – Americans with disabilities. Disability.gov provides a number of resources that job seekers can use to find potential employers and also contains material and advice for companies that hire and employ persons with disabilities. The site also hosts content about disability rights law as it applies to employers, employees, and job seekers.

JAN – Job Accommodation Network

JAN “is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.” JAN consultants can be reached by phone and email, and provide free, confidential technical assistance about job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).