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Students with Disabilities

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.

Accessible symbolYork'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

Career Support

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 resumé or cover letter, please attend the Resumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop as resumés and cover letters cannot be reviewed during career counselling.

Job Search Support

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.

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.
  • 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.

Career Success Symposium Videos

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:

Upcoming Events

Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day @ www.disabilitiesmentoringday.ca
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day Flyer - October 30, 2019

Career Mentorship program 2019-2020

General Resources for Students with Disabilities

York 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

Online Resources

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

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.