Top 5 tips for hiring and supervising co-op students with disabilities
It's not hard, expensive or time-intensive. Practicing accessible hiring and creating an accessible workplace simply means removing barriers to find the best candidates.
1. Adopt and promote inclusive language in all materials
It's not just about the actions you take to build an accessible workplace. Words are just as important. Learn how you can integrate inclusive language in your hiring process and supervising strategies.
When in doubt, respectfully ask your candidate what language they prefer
- How to write inclusive job postings and how to write co-op job descriptions
- Tips for attracting candidates with disabilities
- Accessible recruitment checklist
3. Host an Employer Info Session (EIS) to promote the opportunity
- Inclusive interview checklist
- Interview questions: What you can and cannot ask
- Reframe your interview questions to be more accessible
- Be prepared to provide an interview-related accommodation if requested
5. Accommodating students with disabilities in the workplace
Workplace accommodations vary depending on each situation. It’s important to learn about accommodations and speak with your employees about what they need to meaningfully participate while respecting the right to privacy.
Co-op students registered with the University of Waterloo's AccessAbility Services can arrange to meet with an accommodation consultant to discuss what might need to go into their accommodation plan. This way, students can bring specialized insight and confidence to conversations you'll have about accommodations.
Some frequent and easy to implement accommodations include:
- Flexible work hours
- Redistributing some work tasks with other employees
- Arranging for access to a quieter workspace
- Providing assistive technologies
Most accommodations are inexpensive and easy to implement. With available funding opportunities, any accommodation costs are easily offset.
- Workplace Accommodation Guide
- Accommodations and adjustments
- Canadian Conference Board Employer Toolkit (PDF)