The Career Centre and representatives from each of the three areas of Counselling & Disability Services – Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Disabilities and Physical, Sensory & Medical Disabilities – have formed a partnership to provide more customized career services to students with disabilities.
The result of this partnership is a new series of career programming workshops for students with disabilities. These career supports for students with disabilities go hand-in-hand with the recent launch of a Career Centre web page for students with disabilities. The page includes information about career exploration and job search supports available to students with disabilities through the Career Centre, as well as additional resources available on campus.
The series will kick off on Monday, Feb. 7, with a workshop called, To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Interview Skills for Students with Disabilities. The workshop will offer a forum where students can discuss their issues around disclosure of a disability to an employer and get tips on timing and methods of disclosure.
On Feb. 8, students are invited to a special Who Am I? workshop. Targeted to students with disabilities, participants will play a fun and interactive self-discovery board game that will help them identify their skills, abilities, interests and desires, and how these can influence the career choices they make.
On Feb. 9, students are invited to attend a panel discussion titled Connections and Supports in the Workplace. During this panel, students will have the opportunity to meet with employers from the provincial government and the financial industry, as well as community agencies across the Greater Toronto Area that provide employment supports for persons with disabilities. Panellists, including York alumni, will share their career stories and answer students’ questions on a range of topics, such as organizational culture and disclosure in the workplace.
Links to job search support services in the Greater Toronto Area, government resources and online resources are also included on the web page.