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Job Seekers Guide for Students and Graduates with Disabilities - Module 5 of 5

Are you a job seeker with a disability who is finding it challenging to find work, a placement or co-op work term? Are you unsure about the process and how to talk about your disability? Perhaps you yourself don’t have a disability but you have a family member, classmate, colleague or friend who does. This module will provide you with the information and resources you need to be more successful throughout your employment journey.

About this module

Understanding how disability intersects with employment is important in navigating your future relationships, work search, and career.

For anyone searching for work in today’s competitive job market, finding a job can be a difficult and demanding task. For a student or graduate with a disability, the job search process may bring about other distinctive challenges.

We also know that persons with disabilities are uniquely valuable to employers. When an employer hires a person with a disability, they tap into underutilized talent, generate more diverse perspectives, create a workforce reflective of society, increase accessibility for all, and support the elimination of barriers.

Everyone should have an equal opportunity to fully participate in the workforce. This module is intended to broaden your awareness and provide you with the information and resources you need to be more successful throughout your employment journey.

In this module, you will learn about the following aspects of finding a job and working with a disability:

  • Different types of disabilities and how they can affect people’s work
  • The difference between essential duties you must be able to do and non-essential duties
  • When and how to disclose your disability
  • Job search and interview strategies
  • Types of accommodation and what you and employers are responsible for in the process
  • Your rights and responsibilities according to employment legislation
  • Information about resources and supports


This hub was created by The David C. Onley Initiative for Employment and Enterprise Development opens in new window - a partnership between the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, La Cité and Carleton University.

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