Students with Disabilities
Wheaton is committed to ensuring equitable participation in all programs and activities for Wheaton students. Just as we strive to support students in their learning and living within the College community, so too, do we work to help students understand their options in the world of work.
As a student or alum with a disability, you may find the resources on this page useful as you navigate workplace or internship settings. The links are a starting point for enhancing knowledge, anticipating challenges, and learning from the experiences that others share.
It is important for you to have the resources necessary to make strategic decisions about your work and your life.
Helpful Resources & Links
- Career Opportunities for Students With Disabilities - national association of colleges and employers focused on the career development of college graduates with disabilities.
- National Organization on Disability - a nonprofit organization that focuses on increasing employment opportunities for working-age Americans with disabilities who are unemployed.
- U.S. Business Leadership Network - a national business organization that uses a business-to-business strategy to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the work force.
- The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) publishes the Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment, a brochure which answers questions you may have about your employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.
- Federal Employment of People with Disabilities helps users with or without disabilities, better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities. The site can help users:
- Diversity World has resources to help people with disabilities improve their job search strategies and career development and to help employers improve their outreach recruiting, job accommodation, and employment practices.
- Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute "advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities...
- Mitsubishi Electric Internship Program - summer internships in Washington D.C. for students with disabilities who are interested in international affairs careers
- JAN, or the Job Accommodations Network, is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available.
The American with Disabilities Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) have established guidelines for confidentiality of all disability-related information. Documentation and any communication related to a student's disability is maintained in strict confidentiality and is released only on a need-to-know basis, as authorized in writing by the student, except in cases required by law.