Students with Disabilities

A smiling student working on a laptopYork's Career Centre offers a range of services and events which are open to all York students and recent graduates as well as online resources to assist you with job searching, career exploration and finding volunteer opportunities.

The Career Centre's professional staff strive to provide quality career exploration and job search supports to York students and new graduates. In an effort to continue to make our services more accessible, students with disabilities may find supports in each of the areas indicated below.

Accessible symbolYork's Career Centre is elevator accessible. York students who require additional accommodations are encouraged to contact York's Counselling & Disability Services (CDS), which provides supports to York University students with disabilities.

Upcoming Events

Jan
8
Tue
Learn about Lime Connect and Disability Disclosure for York Students with Disabilities Only (group) (at the Bennett Centre)
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

**THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE BENNETT CENTRE AND IS FOR YORK STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ONLY**

Join Lime Connect to learn about their organization and to discuss tips on how to disclose your disability during an interview or when you start work. Lime Connect is a global not for profit organization that's rebranding disability through achievement. Lime attracts, prepares and connects university students with disabilities for internships and full time careers with corporate partners. Facilitated by Karen Kelsey, Relationship Manager, Canada Lime Connect.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Jan
18
Fri
Learn About Programs and Services Offered by JobStart for York Students with Disabilities Only @ Bennett Centre, North 204B
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

**THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE BENNETT CENTRE AND IS FOR YORK STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ONLY**

Join JobStart disability program staff for a discussion of JobStart’s employment support programs and services for persons with disabilities. JobStart is a community based, not-for-profit agency that delivers dynamic career services to job seekers with disabilities.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Career Exploration Support at the Career Centre

Career Counselling
Are you having difficulty deciding on a career path? Are you unsure how your degree may relate to your future career? Do you feel challenged moving forward with your career exploration?

To discuss your career concerns, meet with one of our Career Counsellors.

Your first Career Counselling appointment is a 20-minute session booked online.

Additional session(s) will be booked directly with your Career Counsellor and are 50-minutes.

If you are already working with a Career Counsellor at the Career Centre, please contact your Career Counsellor directly to schedule your next appointment.

If you would like assistance with your résumé or cover letter, please attend the Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop as résumés and cover letters cannot be reviewed during career counselling.

Career Conversations panels offer students an opportunity to learn about career paths and industries from employers and alumni. Many of these events have been videotaped to allow for remote viewing:

Job Search Support at the Career Centre

Resumé Support: For increased accessibility, students may request to complete a one-on-one Resumé Feedback Session in person, via telephone, or via email. The Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop is a prerequisite for one-on-one resumé support.

Job Search Advising: Students interested in expanding their job search resources, learning effective job search strategies, and networking and interview tips, may book a one-on-one Job Search Advising appointment with a Job Search Advisor. These are 20-minute sessions in which one of your job search questions can be discussed. Students who are unable to attend an in-person appointment can request to complete their session via telephone or via email.

Post-Graduate Studies Support: Students interested in applying to post-graduate studies such as master's and doctoral programs, teachers college, law school and professional studies may book a Post Graduate Application Support appointment (personal statement and CV review) or PhD Job Search Support session in person, via telephone or email.

Job Search Handouts such as resumé and cover letter examples as well as sample interview questions may be accessed on the Career Centre's website.

Job Search Support and Opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area

  • JobStart: employment opportunities for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities.
  • Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (WESP): an employment program designed for job seekers with disabilities. At no cost to the individual, WESP will support your employment preparation needs.
  • Ability Edge: a national internship program for graduates with self-declared disabilities to assist them in gaining work experience.
  • Lime Connect: offers scholarships and events which connect employers with students with disabilities.
  • JOIN Toronto Region: assisting persons living with disabilities to find employment and assisting employers to recruit qualified candidates to meet their hiring needs.
  • Pursue Your Potential PyP: career opportunities at Royal Bank of Canada.
  • Specialisterne Canada: helping businesses and employers understand, value, and integrate the unique perspective and capabilities of people on the autism spectrum.

York Resources for Students with Disabilities

General Resources for Students with Disabilities

Accommodation Resources

Government Resources

Legal Resources

  • ARCH Disability Law Centre: Community legal aid clinic dedicated to the equality of rights for persons with disabilities in Ontario

Related Books

  • "Job Search Handbook For People With Disabilities" by Dr. David J. Ryan (available at the Career Centre's Resource Library)
  • "Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities" by Carol Kochhar-Bryant, Dianne S. Bassett, Kristine W. Webb
  • "Handbook of Career Planning For Students with Special Needs" by Thomas F. Harrington
  • "Learning Disabilities and Employment" by Paul Jay Gerber, Dale S. Brown
  • "Learning How to Learn: Getting into and Surviving College When You Have a Learning Disability" by Joyanne Cobb
  • "The Post-Secondary Guide to Nonverbal Learning Disabilities" by Carol Herriot

Online Resources

Please Note: Descriptions of many of these resources are taken from language used on external websites. Claims and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Career Centre or York University.