Legal Issues for Consideration
Although inquiries about disabilities should not be made in a job interview, employers can ask applicants questions related to their ability to perform specific job functions as long as they ask similar questions of other candidates.
Career Services professionals should follow similar guidelines.
Design the physical space and events so that individuals with learning disabilities or visual, speech, hearing, or mobility impairments can all fully experience the career services.
Work with the staff in your local disabilities services office to market opportunities directly to students with disabilities by leaving information in their office, meeting with student groups, or getting added to their newsletters.
Guidelines and examples of universal design in career services
planning, policies, evaluation
Represent all forms of diversity in staffing. Offer digital copies of all printed materials. Respond to accommodations requests in an expedient manner. Address disability related access in evaluation materials. Ensure physical space adheres to relevant accessibility guidelines.
Train staff to be familiar with technology for accommodations. Train staff in how to respond to requests for accommodations.
information resources & technology
Represent diversity in publications (print and online). Provide an authentic statement demonstrating commitment to universal access. Offer printed publications immediately available in alternative formats (Braille, digital). Make materials available at a variety of heights. Ensure web resources adhere to accessibility guidelines. Caption or audio-describe video content. Provide adequate work space for left hand and right hand users.
Host events in wheelchair-accessible spaces. Include information about how to request accommodations in marketing materials. Provide accessible transportation, if transportation is provided.