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Resources for Students with Disabilities

The Center for SUCCESS is experienced in supporting Saint Xavier University students and alumni with disabilities with their academic, career and support needs. In addition to the resources below, please feel free to access our Academic and Career Resource Guide for more help or schedule an appointment with an Academic and Career Resource Advisor through Handshake.

General Resources

You will find a number of general resources to help you prepare for career and educational opportunities as a student with a disability. In addition, you will find advocacy resources highlighting information on anti-discrimination laws, equal opportunity, and employment accommodations.

Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 outline employment discrimination laws with regard to people with disabilities.

ABILITY Magazine strives to change public perception of what it means to have a disability and focuses on ability while shattering myths and stereotypes that surround disabilities.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, the office is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

The United States Department of Labor has several agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities offers many opportunities to connect with higher education professionals, other employers and college students with disabilities.

The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility -- in both the classroom and the workplace.

This directory lists the Selective Placement Program Coordinators in federal agencies who can provide information for local installations.

The Illinois Department of Human Services can help individuals and families with basic needs and resources pertaining to developmental disabilities, mental health and addiction.

The Job Accommodation Network is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Access Living is the premier and founding organization that las held the movement for the advancement, equality, and civil rights of all individuals with disabilities.

Equip for Equality is an organization dedicated to advancing the human and civil rights of people with disabilities.

The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities works to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation on behalf of residents and visitors with disabilities.

Job Search

Below you will find several job search websites that students with disabilities might find useful in conducting a job search.

Entry Point is a program by the American Association for the Advancement of Science that offers students with disabilities internship opportunities in the areas of computer science, business, science and engineering.

The Emerging Leaders Internship Program for college students with disabilities is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that also provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

Lime Connect is attracting, preparing and connecting high potential university students and professionals with disabilities with recruiting opportunities, scholarships and fellows programs.

Bender Consulting Services Inc. recruits and hires people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors including major corporations and government agencies.

Ability Jobs is the first and largest employment website for job seekers with disabilities.

DisABLED Person is job database with positions for persons with disabilities including featured employers and top city listings.

Getting Hired is a job search database bridging the gap between job seekers with disabilities and employers looking to hire.

Dedicated to helping persons with disabilities find jobs, Ability Links is a web-based program of a rehabilitation hospital.

The Sea Glass Group specializes in the recruitment of degreed professionals with evident and non-evident disabilities.

Scholarships

Below you will find websites that connect students with disabilities with different scholarships and grants.

CollegeScholarships.org provides scholarship and grant information for students with disabilities.

The College Consensus provides the top scholarships for students with disabilities.

AffordableColleges.com provides resources to scholarships for students with disabilities.

Best Colleges provides students with disabilities an opportunity to explore different scholarships and grants.

Professional Organizations, Conferences and Networking

Connect with other students and professionals with disabilities through organizations, conferences and networking events.

The Association of Higher Education and Disability is a premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.

The U.S. Business Leadership Network unites business around disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. It has more than 130 corporate partners spanning the technology, health care, financial, transportation, entertainment and retail industries.

The Anixter Center creates an environment where people with disabilities build supportive relationships with family, peers and staff.

DREAM (Disability Rights, Education Activism, and Mentoring) is a national organization for and by college students with disabilities.

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) is the only federally-funded national center in the U.S. for college and graduate students with any type of disability, chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness.

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) increases employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities.