Hosted by our very own Sarah Pullano, the event was a resounding success with over 100 colleges and universities across the country registered and touched on a wide variety of topics that they are tackling at present.
From an overview of the current disabilities landscape to offering advice on pressing issues like setting up supportive partnerships and how to ensure accessibility for disabilities-focused resources, it was a lively session with plenty of interaction. Here are some of the top talking points from the event:
How can career and disability service offices partner with each other more?
The first key action is ensuring you have a strong line of communication between the career and disability center. If they are in two separate locations, we suggest appointing a designated point of contact and liaison at the career center to communicate with the disability center.
With the National Council on Disability finding that 11% of students have a disability, chances are that these students are often going to the career center instead of the disability student services for assistance. A designated point of contact can help bridge the gap in resources provided to these students.
How can I make sure my resources are accessible for students with disabilities?
Improving accessibility also ensures that parents and families of current students, and prospects looking to apply can access all information and resources. Common items to evaluate for accessibility include:
Current partnerships with non-profit disability organizations and disability student services can help you evaluate and address any of these items. Organizations like Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provide confidential accessibility assessments of your website.
How can we spread awareness about our disability-friendly institution?
There are several ways to do spread awareness about what you offer students with disabilities; here are some of our tips for campus wide education:
What is the difference between self-identification and self-disclosure?
Many people believe self-identification (self-ID) and self-disclosure are interchangeable, but they do have very different meanings.
Overall, the webinar was a highly informative with everyone taking away a great deal of new insight into how to better support students with disabilities within their college or university.
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Contributions to this blog were made by Sarah Pullano, Account Manager at Getting Hired