Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Including Folx with Disabilities

We support the diverse aspirations, identities, and experiences of Trojans. The work to address systemic barriers and inequities in career services facing our students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, DACA/Undocumented students, international students, students from minoritized identities and others starts with educating ourselves and seeking organizational opportunities who support all cultures, backgrounds, and identities.

Through this ongoing blog series, we will highlight the tremendous benefits of a diverse workforce and provide resources for both students and organizations on workplace inclusion and accessing equitable opportunities.

The HBR article, Do Your D&I Efforts Include People with Disabilities?, highlights the importance of including those with disabilities in your organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. An estimated 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability and as workers, provide innovation, valuable perspectives, and stronger decision-making in the workplace. The article introduces ways organizations can support individuals with disabilities from recruiting to thriving in the workplace.

For students looking for employment, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers with 15 or more employees, State and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. For further details, visit ADA.gov. Both through USC and beyond, there are many resources and opportunities available to support your endeavors. Below are a few helpful resources to help you get started.

  1. Students with Disabilities Resources:
    1. Disability & The Workplace 2020: USC Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS) is dedicated to ensuring that all students with disabilities obtain equal access, whether it be in the classroom or achieving their life-long goals. We hope to enhance employability by providing tips, resources, and services that may benefit all individuals, regardless of ability.
    2. GettingHired: This site provides job opportunities and resources. Their job portal features more than 100,000 active listings for positions spanning from architects to x-ray techs.
    3. Job Accommodation Network (JAN):  The leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
    4. Lime Connect: This organization assists students with scholarships, professional development webinars, and information about internships and full-time job opportunities.

Additional Resources:

Our Accessibility Resources
USC Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS)

The USC Career Center is open – in person and online – and all of our services and resources are available to you, including advising, job and internship opportunities, programs, workshops, career fairs, and more. Contact us with any questions.