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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com with your specific request – for events be sure to include title, date, and time.
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. Registration opens 8/26/2019 and ends 10/11/2019. For the 2020 WRP release, interviews will be held in the fall of 2019. The interview period for the 2019 cycle will take place between October 28, 2019 and November 19, 2019. Candidates must be U.S. citizens.
Candidates who graduated in April 2018 or after are eligible to participate this year.
- Disability:IN NextGen Leaders
- AAAS Entrypoint (for internships)
- AccessSTEM (for research internships)
- Job Accommodation Network
- Autism Speaks
- Tips for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Interested in Starting a Career with the Federal Government
- Getting Hired
- Bender Consulting Services
- American Foundation for the Blind
- US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)
- Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
- Client Assistance Program
- Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind
- The RISE Program
- National Association of the Deaf
- National Business & Disability Council
- New Mobility
- The DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology): an organization that uses evidence-based practices to empower people with disabilities and maximize potential through programs and research.
- “Striving” (supports current students) and “Thriving” (supports those entering their career journey): training modules from DCBLN. You will be asked to provide your name and email address to view these modules. The accessible modules each include a Power Point deck, written transcript, audio, resources, glossary of terms, and short quiz to test for knowledge.