Accessibility Concerns for Job Seekers

Career seekers with disabilities have concerns that add to the challenges of a job search. Will prospective employers be biased against job seekers with disabilities? Is it better to disclose or not disclose? The Office of Accessibility works with the Center for Career Development to support job seekers with disabilities. Here is some information that will help.

CUNY LEADS  (Linking Employment, Academics, and Disability Services) is a program established to facilitate the successful academic and career outcomes for students with disabilities who are enrolled in CUNY programs. The program provides services for eligible students which include:

  • Assistance with ACCESS-VR
  • Academic advisement
  • Career counseling
  • Resume preparation
  • Interview preparation
  • Internship preparation
  • Job seeking assistance
  • Advocacy skills

Disclosure Issues

You are not legally bound to disclose a disability to a potential employer–it is your choice. However, you cannot request special accommodations you may need if you do not disclose. This is something you can discuss with your BMCC career counselor or BMCC LEADS advisor.

Common Questions from Students with Disabilities

  • How and when should I disclose my disability to an employer? (We can practice or role-play disclosure with you.)
  • What is considered a “reasonable accommodation” and how should I request one?
  • What strengths may I bring to the workplace as a person with a disability?
  • How do I overcome challenges or request accommodations for an interview?
  • How can I figure out if an employer will be supportive and suit my needs and values?

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