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Help Bridge the Gap Between Career Placement Offices and Offices for Students With Disabilities on College and University Campuses

Frequently, college students — whether they have a disability or not — face several choices, including deciding their majors as the first step for determining the direction they wish to take. They often are unaware of how their important choices of majors will prepare (or fail to prepare) them for what they ultimately want to do. To assist with facilitating a smoother decision-making process, there’s a helpful compilation of resources covering at least 62 majors ranging alphabetically from accounting to urban studies. “What Can I Do with This Major” shares specific areas of focus for each major and helps students with planning strategies. When paired with academic advisement in conjunction with securing appropriate reasonable accommodations, chances for ultimate success rise further still.

Offices for students with disabilities help students with their accommodation needs, while career services offices serve all students, including those with disabilities. As college and university students seek to complete their postsecondary education to secure gainful employment or start their own businesses, they sometimes experience a disconnect between these two offices. For this reason, coordinated action by administrators of both offices should focus on providing seamless services of the kind received by students without disabilities. For a helpful guide to establish and build stronger connections between offices for students with disabilities and career services offices, read Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities. Such efforts already are underway across the country on hundreds of college and university campuses. Taking active part in this trend toward greater coordination will result in expansion of opportunities for students with disabilities who, like others, are simply seeking to obtain gainful employment or to fulfill their dreams as entrepreneurs.

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