York'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.
York's Career Centre is elevator accessible. York students who require additional accommodations are encouraged to contact York's Student Accessibility Services, academic accommodation and support to students with disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities and York University Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
Career Support for Students with Disabilities
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.
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 Career Educator. 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Watch video of Career Success Symposium 2017 for Students with Disabilities
- Watch video of Career Success Symposium 2016 for Students with Disabilities
Attn: Students with Disabilities ONLY
Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day - Take part in a day of job shadowing to help increase experience in 'real-life' knowledge, responsibility and focus which translates into an increasing level of confidence and awareness of what is required to do the job.
Learn more at www.disabilitiesmentoringday.ca
General Resources for Students with Disabilities
- Tetra Society of North America: Dedicated to assisting people with disabilities to achieve an independent life, one assistive device at a time
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA): working to make Ontario more accessible to people with disabilities
- Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (Western Economic Diversification Canada): provides western Canadians with disabilities with easy access to business information, training and development, mentoring and one-on-one counselling services, and financing in their pursuit of self-employment and entrepreneurship
- Ontario Public Service Accessibility Office within the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility - subscribe here and register for the newsletter
- Ontario Human Rights Commission: protects people in Ontario against discrimination in employment, accommodation, goods, services and facilities, and membership in vocational associations and trade unions
- ARCH Disability Law Centre: Community legal aid clinic dedicated to the equality of rights for persons with disabilities in Ontario
- Ability Magazine: American magazine with articles and job postings for people with disabilities.
- Futurpreneur Canada
- DisabilityAwards.ca: Canada's portal to awards and scholarships for students with disabilities
- Learning Disabilities Association of Canada: provides leadership and support to people with learning disabilities (LD), their parents, teachers and other professionals.
- Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario: a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities.
- Denise Bissonnette's profile on the Employee Engagement Network: writer, trainer and keynote speaker on issues of diversity in the workplace.
- Diversity World: the Diversity Shop offers DVDs, books, resources and a monthly e-newsletter, "True Livelihood."
- NoNotes: a paid service which transcribes recorded audio files into editable notes.
- POGO, Successful Academic and Vocational Transition Initiative (SAVTI)
- Rise Asset Development: provides microfinance and mentorship to entrepreneurs with a history of mental health or addiction challenges.
- Transition Resource Guide: resource guide for students with disabilities transitioning to post-secondary education.
- "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
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.