Disability Employment

Annual Disability Employment Event!

Workforce Recruitment Program

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for college students with disabilities connects public and private sector employers nationwide with postsecondary students. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields, using WRP applicants. This program is open to college students with disabilities and recent graduates (enrolled at least half-time). PCC participates each fall.

DEADLINE for 2016 is October 17th. Find all the details for participating on the Disability Services Library Guide

Students who wish to participate will need to upload their resume - check these Resume Writing Tips

Additional Resources

Check out these Job Interview Tips from a representative of the Social Security Administration

Interview Tips Video

Ongoing Opportunities

Portland Community College promotes options for students who experience disability and want to learn more about employment opportunities and/or practice skills related to interviewing, disclosing, and using accommodation in workplace settings.

The Campaign for Disability Employment

What Can You Do Campaign for Disability Employment

What can YOU do? The Campaign for Disability Employment is a comprehensive resource with information for employees, for job seekers, and for entrepreneurs is online at: http://www.whatcanyoudocampaign.org/

Video Clips

"Meet the Mentor" is a short captioned video clip about Dennis DeVendra, an Ohio State alum who is blind, has a high-tech career at American Electric Power. He's helping Ohio State teach students with disabilities that they can pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The DO-IT Video Collection is audio described and captioned. They provide many titles including:

  • Access to Technology in the Workplace: In Our Own Words
  • It's Your Career
  • Finding Gold: Hiring the Best and the Brightest

Connection Points

Entry Point!

Entry Point! offers internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other related fields. Students with disabilities can apply their skills in a real-world setting in competitive summer internships. .

Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders internship program matches undergraduate and graduate level college students with disabilities with paid summer internships at prominent corporations. .

Schedule A Hiring Authority

Schedule A hiring authority is an option for individuals with significant disabilities to gain employment in the federal government though non-competitive hiring.

PCC classes in career exploration

Courses cover a variety of topics including exploring self-concept, values, interests, skills, aptitudes, work orientation, occupational information and decision making.

Library Resources

There are many books and videos on a variety of topics including issues that may be of interest to students with disabilities who are pursuing employment opportunities. Examples include:

  • Access to the Future: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Careers (Video)
  • Accommodating Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities (Book)
  • Interviewing Skills for Job Seekers with Hidden Disabilities (Video)
  • Interviewing Skills for Job Seekers with Physical Disabilities (Video)
  • Job-Hunting Tips for the So-Called Handicapped (Book)
  • Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities (Book)
  • Job Strategies for People with Disabilities (Book)
  • Unfinished Business: Promoting Inclusion in the Workplace (Video)
  • Working Like Crazy (Video)
  • Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology (Video)