Accessibility in the workplace

Here you'll find information and resources about self-advocacy, common terminology, and your rights as an individual. 

Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace

This presentation is from the 3/9/2020 Disability Awareness Month event "Advocating For Yourself In the Workplace." It covers basic information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, how to assess your own needs prior to beginning your job search, how to evaluate position descriptions with a disability in mind, and how to ask for accommodations in the workplace. It includes click-through links to various resources.

links & resources

The Lime Network: An exclusive resource for individuals with disabilities. Through its high-profile corporate partnerships, Lime provides individuals with disabilities opportunities for internships, jobs, employer networking, professionalization fellowships, scholarships, and much more. Find info about joining the Lime Network here.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN): The leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Check out their Accommodation Search for reasonable accommodation ideas. 

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies List: Vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies are state-supported division of services which assist individuals with disabilities who are pursuing meaningful careers. VR assists those individuals to secure gainful employment commensurate with their abilities and capabilities through local job searches and awareness of self-employment and telecommuting opportunities. Some states have separate VR agencies serving individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP): A federally-managed recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with motivated college students/recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Participation in this program requires an application in the fall. If you are interested in the WRP, you must work with an Eckerd career advisor who can contact the program coordinators on your behalf.

EEOC ADA Enforcement Guidance: This page from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission goes into great detail regarding the documenting, requesting, and enforcing of reasonable accommodations in the workplace. 

Eckerd Student Employment: This page includes information about how to navigate student employment at Eckerd with a disability.

Eckerd Accessible Education Services: This links to Eckerd's Accessible Education Services housed in the Center for Academic Excellence. 

Career Options for Visually Impaired: NVISION Eye Centers published an educational guide.