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Resources for Students with Special Needs/Disabilities

UMBC’s Career Center is committed to ensuring nondiscriminatory participation for all students with disabilities.

All career services are available to students with disabilities, and we encourage you to take advantage of the services and resources available to assist with your career planning and job search needs.

For a list of services and resources not specific to your special needs, please see the Students section of this website.

If you need special accommodations in order to utilize our services, please contact the Career Center at careers@umbc.edu at least two weeks in advance of the event/service. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request – for events be sure to include title, date, and time.

Accommodations

UMBC’s Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) is designed for registered students with disabilities from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who have a need for academic and other support services in order to successfully complete their college education.

SSS can assist with physical and learning disabilities. If you need any special accommodations, you are encouraged to contact them as soon as possible. Call 410-455-2459, TTY: (410) 455-3233, or visit them in the Mathematics/Psychology Building, Room 212.

Accommodations include additional tutoring, academic advisement assistance, and counseling services. Resources for students with disabilities such as a braille writer, tape recorder, visual tek reading machine, talking calculators, TTY, etc. are available.

Resources at UMBC

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) – a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) manage the program, which continues to be successful with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies. Since the program’s expansion in 1995, over 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.

Annually, trained WRP recruiters from federal agencies conduct personal remote interviews with interested candidates from college and university campuses across the country. Candidates represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate students. Information from these candidate interviews is compiled in a searchable database that is available through this website to federal Human Resources Specialists, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialists, and other hiring officials in federal agencies.

To be eligible for the WRP, candidates must be current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December. Candidates must be U.S. citizens.

*Since it may take time to fully assess the impact of COVID-19 on WRP hiring, WRP will provide recent graduates with disabilities an additional year of eligibility to participate in this fall’s application period and the 2021 database.  This means that all recent graduates that applied to WRP in fall 2019 are eligible to apply again this fall.  Recent graduates who graduated on or after April 1, 2018 will be eligible to apply this fall, along with current degree-seeking students with disabilities.  All candidates, whether they applied last year or not, must complete a new application this fall on the WRP website so that WRP can ensure that employers have access to an up-to-date resume, transcript, and application for every applicant.  Applications for students from participating WRP schools will open on August 24, 2020 and close October 14, 2020. It is required that all candidates complete their application and upload required documents by October 16, 2020.

WRP has switched to an informational interview process for candidates. The interview period this year will take place from October 26-November 18, 2020. All interviews will be conducted remotely, in most cases by phone.

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