STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES & THE CCO
Did you know that the CCO has a staff member who works as a liaison to connect people with disabilities to career opportunities?
Ali Mears, a Career Services Consultant, serves as the liaison for connecting Purdue students and alumni with disabilities to the CCO and employers. She has a background helping people with disabilities; She studied to be an educator for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, was an Intervention Specialist for 2 years, and completed an internship determining eligibility and accommodations at Ohio University. Her thesis for graduate school was career development for college students with autism and college students with hearing impairments. You can meet with her or any other Career Services Consultants who are equipped to help you in your career decision-making and job search process.
Each person with a disability will face a unique career development path that will need to take into account each person’s abilities. Students and alumni with disabilities are encouraged to consult with a CCO Career Counselor about the following questions:
- Should I disclose my disability to an employer?
- When and how should I disclose my disability to an employer?
- How should I focus on my abilities over my disabilities?
- Can I ask for accommodations in the workplace?
- Are there companies that look to hire people with disabilities in particular?
The CCO has features that promote independence for all users. These features include:
- Computers in our main office, Young 132, equipped with assistive technology including JAWS, Read and Write Gold 9, and Zoom Text.
- Our new location in Young Hall includes a spacious second floor accessible by elevator, which includes 50 multipurpose rooms where students can have interviews with companies right on campus.
- Our main office in Young 132 includes an electronic door opener to provide easy access to the CCO for all guests.
- We have the capabilities to host phone and Skype interviews. For reservations, stop in to Young 132.
If you need to request an accommodation not listed above, contact the Disability Resource Center at 765.494.1247 or visiting the DRC on the 8th floor of Young Hall.
The Operations and Communication team at the CCO is committed to making its web resources accessible for all users. We brought accessibility experts to assist us in meeting the Section 508 requirements, and we worked hard on incorporating techniques to ensure information and resources are accessible with assistive technologies. Our goal is to let users with the following disabilities will be able to access our site's content quickly and easily: Visual (blindness, low vision, color-blindness), Hearing (deafness and hard-of-hearing), Motor (inability to use a mouse, slow response time, limited fine motor control) or Learning.
Users without fine motor control or the ability to execute simultaneous actions will now be able to browse our site content with ease, using keyboard navigation. Standard keyboard shortcuts now allow seamless navigation through Purdue CCO. A custom-styled focus indicator is now available throughout the site, built around visual accessibility guidelines. When using keyboard navigation, you will now notice a dashed, colored border around the element in focus. CCO Website is also compatible with most screen readers such as Jaws and NVDA. In addition, we have added text on images so that screen readers may easily describe what is being displayed to the user.
Special Thanks for Dean Brusnighan and the Purdue Web Accessibility Committee for their assistance and resources http://www.purdue.edu/webaccessibility/
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you come across a page or resource that does not meet your access needs, please contact accessCCO@purdue.edu and let us know, ensuring you quote the urls of the pages concerned.
DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
Are you registered with the Disability Resource Center? Doing so allows you to:
- Receive information about special career opportunities from the CCO via email
- Gain support for your academic and career pursuit through one-on-one support and activities/programming.
- Attain both academic and living accommodations
Although you will benefit from exploring the resources on the Student Resources page, you will find career opportunities that are especially useful for people with disabilities.