Students with Disabilities

Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

The first step in any career exploration is reflection.  The Center for Careers, Life, and Service is an accessible space with friendly faces who are here to help you ask questions; identify resources; explore experiential learning opportunities; reflect on your interests, values, and skills; and advocate for you as you explore your career trajectory.  We collaborate with the office of  Accessibility and Disability Resources to provide a supportive and nonjudgmental environment where we can get to know you and how your personal identities connect with your career aspirations.  The resources below are far from all-encompassing, but are intended to help you begin to make informed choices as you plan for your career.


You Are Welcome Here

Your identity as someone with a disability may influence how you explore potential career paths, how you share your story, where you apply for opportunities, or whether or not you choose to accept a job or internship offer. This online resource from the CLS is designed to provide you with information that can help you reflect and make informed decisions about how disability may impact the ways in which you choose to navigate your pathway to meaningful professional success.

Understanding Your Rights under the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)* of 1990 outlines a number of rights related to career services.  The ADA:

  • Helps those with disabilities access employment opportunities and benefits
  • Applies to employers with 15 or more employees
  • Requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees
  • Defines disability
  • Establishes guidelines for the reasonable accommodation process
  • Addresses medical examinations and inquiries
  • Is regulated and enforced by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The ADA does not:

  • guarantee employment
  • waive qualifications such as essential job skills, experience, or education

*For more information about the ADA or accommodations please visit or make an advising appointment with the Grinnell College Office Accessibility and Disability Resources

Featured CLS Resources:

How to Find a Job That’s Good for Your Mental Health

Emma Brooks, Paymo

The discussion around mental health at the workplace has become more prominent in the past few years, with an increase of studies that talk about the rising costs of burnout ($4.6 billion/year for the US economy) and the number …

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Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy Leadership Conference

Harvard Kennedy School is thrilled to announce the 23rd Annual Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) application is now live! The conference will be held October 12-15, 2023. 

The PPLC mission is to inspire undergraduate student leaders—particularly those from historically underrepresented …

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What is a disability-friendly organization?

The 2021 Disability Equality Index shares tangible ways participating companies are bringing people with disabilities into the economy. Companies receive …

Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

This fact sheet serves as a basic overview of reasonable accommodations in the workplace and includes some examples and a …

Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. …

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