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

  • 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

Professional Organizations and Associations

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.