Effective Job-Seeking Preparation and Employment Services for College Students with Disabilities

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This article describes the approach implemented by one university to mitigate typical barriers encountered by col-lege students with disabilities when attempting to find post-graduation employment. The unique vocational program offered is reinforced by the successful employment outcomes and case studies discussed in this review. Over a span of five years, this approach yielded close to a 40% employment rate among graduates with disabilities. This is a significant percentage when considering the severity of disabilities within the target population and the national rates of employment for persons with disabilities. Recommended job-seeking preparation and employment services are outlined in this article with supporting literature. Implications for postsecondary institutions, disability services centers, state vocational rehabilitation counselors and researchers are provided.