Career Clusters

Disabilities Resources

The CCD is committed to supporting students with both visible and non-visible disabilities throughout your career exploration and preparation process. The internship and job search process can be overwhelming for any student; if you’re a student with a disability, it’s important to us that you understand your employment rights and the resources available to you. We are here to help!

Career counselors are available by appointment to assist you with a wide array of career planning topics and any other professional questions you may have. For quick help, take advantage of our ‘no appointment needed’ policy with our same day drop-in service, available when class is in session. Our career counselors can help answer your questions with 10-15 minute long appointments from 12-1PM, Monday through Friday (first come, first served).

Below are some resources for students, alumni, and Rice professionals with disabilities. The CCD is committed to personal and professional growth, and would love your help in adding to this list. If you have an additional career resource, please reach out to us at We would love to hear from you.

Career Resources

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: COSD’s mission is to assist you, a college student or a recent graduate with a disability, in gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to secure the career of your choice.

National Organization on Disability: The National Organization on Disability focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.

Job Accommodation Network: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Workforce Recruitment Program: The Workforce Recruitment Program is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal 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.

Office of Disability Employment Policy: Provides articles and resources on national leadership focused on disability and employment policy

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Titles I and V: Specific information on employment discrimination laws

Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities: evaluates an employer’s standards of accessibility, accommodation, and acceptance in order to find the right career fit The largest database for individuals with disABILITIES : One-stop resource for people with disabilities interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs

Great With Disability — Their mission is to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition doesn’t prevent anyone from having the career that they want to have. Not only does it want disabled individuals to realize their career ambitions, it also wants employers to benefit from the unique talents and strengths that disabled individuals can, and do, bring to an organization

Professional Organizations and Associations

American Foundation for the Blind: AFB provides a list of visually impaired and blind mentors that students can connect with depending on the career interests. Students can also explore careers through this site and receive tips on the career search

US Business Leadership Network: USBLN shows how an organization promotes and recognizes best practices when it comes to hiring and marketing to individuals with disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities: The American Association of People with Disabilities is the largest national nonprofit, cross-disability member organization in the United States Listings of professional association committees and groups targeting educational, career or employment concerns

Association for Higher Education and Disability

National Organization on Disability

National Business & Disability Council

Other Resources

Workforce discrimination occurs in many ways. There are federal laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, and age. Employers are responsible for complying with the law, but you are responsible for making sure you know and protect your rights.

Illegal Interview Questions

Did you know that it is against the law for employers to ask you certain questions in a job interview? To learn more about what topics are off-limits and what to do if you are asked about them, see “Handling improper interview questions.”

Discrimination in the workplace

If you experience discrimination once you have started a job, here are some tips and information about dealing with employment discrimination.

For more advice on interviewing, schedule an appointment with a CCD career counselor.