Students with Disabilities

UC Berkeley offers specialized career services to students with disabilities. Cal students registered with the Disabled Student Program can schedule hour-long one-on-one appointments with an experienced Career Counselor to support their career exploration, preparation, and job seeking as an employee with a disability. 

Counseling and Advising Options

TYPE WHEN WHERE HOW TO SIGN UP
1 hour Session Check Handshake for Open Office Hours Career Center 3rd Floor Sign up on Handshake. Select "DSP Counseling" as the appointment type. 
1 hour Session At your convenience Career Center 3rd Floor Email ricardo.flores@berkeley.edu

Career guidance topics for the disabled job seeker may include but are not limited to:

1. guiding toward individual clarity regarding reasonable accommodation, strength-based disclosure of disability, creating a winning resume, and acing the interview.
2. coaching career competitiveness by encouraging participation in real-world experiences that improve one's marketability.
3. connecting students to on-campus recruiters and employers with an open-mind to diverse and inclusive hiring trends. 

Career Center Events

UC Berkeley is developing a campus community - including job-seeking Cal Students with disabilities, employer relations, staff and student allies empowering inclusion in the workforce. This career-forward network will gather 3 times a semester for group-learning experiences, engage in an exchange of information related to accessing employment, and showcase those with open minds to hiring job-seekers with disabilities. Confirm dates with Career Counselor, Ricardo Flores, or subscibe and refer to the latest DSP CareerMail. 

CareerMail for Students with Disabilities 

CareerMail for Disabled Students is an e-newsletter that includes pertinent information about upcoming career workshops, jobs, internships, disability related seminars, employer events, etc., specifically for Cal DSP students. Make sure to indicate your career interest categories in your Handshake profile.

DSP Alumni Program

  1. All DSP Alumni interested in specialized career counseling must fill out the related form.

  2. Career Counselor for DSP will verify status, and connect student to DSP Career services. For any questions email: Ricardo.flores@berkeley.edu

  3. DSP Career Counselor will maintain a database of students registered for the program—indicating their actual date of enrollment to track participation.

  4. The Career Center Operations team will apply a DSP Alumni label to each student verified by DSP records within Handshake—note this DSP Alumni label is not visible to anyone but DSP Career Services or used for anything but circulating relevant communications to the job-seeking disabled community on campus.

  5. Both student and DSP Career Counselor will track progress to accomplish career goals. 

Additional Resources

  • The Job Accommodation Network offers online resources and free consulting for employers and employees regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and workplace accommodation.

  • The Disability:IN is a national nonprofit that helps businesses drive performances by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace. 

  • ​The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

  • The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity. They educate public and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures, and they empower them to become leaders in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities.

  • Getting Hired is a job board that welcomes all professional job seekers with disabilities to create an account on their job board to search for inclusive job opportunities with employer partners.

  • Sample Schedule A Documentation PDF

  • Strength Based Disclosure PDF

  • Preparing for a Career Fair PDF

  • Career Readiness Checklist PDF