Resources for co-op students with disabilities
Welcome to our accessibility resources page. This page is dedicated to helping you navigate on-campus and off-campus services and tools that will help you stay informed and confident through job applications, interviews and in the workplace.
AccessAbility Services offers co-op support if you have any permanent, temporary or suspected disabilities. Topics for discussion can include accommodations, developing a care and support plan and/or receiving referrals to additional on-campus services. Contact AccessAbility Services to learn more.
All co-op students have an assigned co-op advisor who can help answer any co-op recruitment or work term questions you may have.
CareerHub provides information and tips on disclosing a disability. You can also learn about your rights to accommodation, the supervisor’s duty to accommodate and resources on accommodation eligibility. Read more on the Find Work inside Canada page of CareerHub.
Off-campus employment support services
Searching for co-op or permanent employment opportunities? In addition to searching for jobs within WaterlooWorks, consider signing up with any of the following to learn about jobs/opportunities across a variety of industries and fields. Please note that many of the organizations who hire through WaterlooWorks also recruit through the below organizations. The difference is the specialized support these organizations can offer.
- Career Edge is Canada's largest provider of paid internships. Their goal is to help recent graduates launch their careers with organizations of all sizes from all sectors.
- Discover Ability Network is a job-matching online portal and resource that connects people with disabilities directly to Ontario employers.
- Lime Connect is a global non-profit organization with the mission to prepare and connect high-potential university students with disabilities to scholarships, internships, a fellowship program, and full-time careers with their corporate partners.
- Specialisterne Canada is a national non-profit organization with the goal to facilitate the recruitment and employment of neurodiverse people. Neurodiversity is a term used to describe different kinds of human brains and minds. For the purpose of Specialisterne, neurodiversity includes individuals on the autism spectrum, ADHD/ADD, PDD-NOS, OCD, clinical anxiety, and other similar ways of being.
Mentorship and networking
- Disabilities Mentoring Day (DMD) is an annual Canadian one-day mentoring event where job-ready people with disabilities pair with companies in areas of interest that utilize the skills they have or are developing through training.
- Next Billion is a free, online eight-week mentorship program that connects students with disabilities to personal mentors in the tech industry. Next Billion Social Inc. is a Canadian for-profit social enterprise. This mentorship program seeks to facilitate employment opportunities for students and tech companies.
Planning for employment success with a disability
The Centre for Career Action and AccessAbility Services co-hosted a panel of disability experts on January 11, 2018. The experts answered questions from staff and students about navigating job search with a disability.
- Lisa Kelly, Training Specialist from Canadian Business SenseAbility
- Karen Kelsey, Relationship Manager from Lime Connect
- David Dame, Vice President, Global Head - Agile, Scotiabank