Employment Resources for College Students with Disabilities

ASTEP - Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership

ASTEP offers an important list of resources for college students with Aspergers, who are looking for employment or internship opportunities. Read through the summaries of what each organization offers, and click on the names listed to go to their websites. You can find the original post on ASTEP here.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities is a professional association comprised of more than 600 colleges and universities, and over 500 major national employers. COSD’s mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities on a national basis, by forming collaborative relationships between campus’ Disabilities Services and Career Services offices, and assisting employers in providing internships, recruiting, and hiring college graduates with disabilities.

Emerging Leaders Program:

National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in internships nationwide that provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

Entry Point:

Entry Point is the signature program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Project on Science, Technology, and Disability. It identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for outstanding internship and co-op opportunities.

Lime:

An innovative program for high potential college students and graduates with disabilities —attracting, preparing and connecting highly accomplished individuals with disabilities for careers with the world’s leading corporations. Their goal is “to break stereotypes and lead all companies to realize the importance, and value, of employing people with disabilities at every level of education, talent and ability.”

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Experiential Education Initiative (EEI)

This internship program provides hands-on internships and opportunities to explore today’s complex performing arts environment to six motivated individuals each year.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

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Gabriela Lemos was born in Porto Alegre, Brasil, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently a student at UTSA, graduating in December 2014 with a Bachelor degree in English. Brie states that she loves language and words, and the way in which people communicate with each other. She has always been interested and attracted to the autism community. “I find those on the spectrum to be incredible in so many ways, and I believe we can all learn from each other in our different strengths and weaknesses. I would love to use my talents to aid those who are not as strong in areas which I have confidence, and in turn receive an infinite amount of lessons and aid from those who I work with. Everything you send out, comes back to you, and I plan to practice sending out love and compassion every day”. We feel so fortunate to offer Brie’s talent of writing as well as her passion for autism awareness every week through our Aspergers101 Weekly.

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