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The specific resources below may be helpful to students with disabilities. Please be sure to check the many other resources available on the Career Services website, including those for specific industries and the “learn how to” pages. Students are also encouraged to schedule an appointment through Handshake with a Career Services advisor to discuss any career-related concerns they might have including those around disability disclosure to employers.
Individuals with disabilities often have questions about whether to disclose a disability to an employer (and if so, when and how) as well as how to request an accommodation for an interview or once hired. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Accommodations can also be requested for graduate school testing such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT.
In addition to searching for opportunities via Handshake (Penn Career Services job board), know that many organizations are interested in specifically recruiting students from diverse backgrounds including those who happen to have a disability. We have linked some of those organizations here. Read more about searching for a job or internship.
Student Disabilities Services which is part of the Weingarten Learning Resources Center work closely with Penn students who self-identify with a disability, in order to ensure equal access to all University programs, activities and services. Students might also want to connect with the Disability Advocacy@Penn student group.
There are many other resources available for individuals who happen to have disabilities. You can find some of them here.
Work can be stressful no matter if you suffer from a mental health disorder or not. But if you’re someone who does deal with a mental health issue—such as social anxiety disorder—working can be extremely difficult, to say the least.
This post is part of the Graduate Assistant Blog Series featuring advice and perspectives from graduate students working in Career Services:
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How To Disclose Your Illness Or Disability To Your Employer
By Hannah Olson
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What is imposter syndrome? If you’ve never heard this term or experienced it, consider yourself lucky, but you may have experienced it without even realizing it. Imposter syndrome, perhaps at universities such as Penn, are not entirely uncommon. Anecdotally, it’s …