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Career Focus

Student Disability Resources (SDR) supports the employment goals of students with disabilities who are preparing to exit college. Our staff is available to meet with students to discuss topics that include, but are not limited to, disability employment law, disability disclosure, and workplace accommodations. We also disseminate job leads to students electronically and host recruiters interested in hiring students with disabilities.

Student Disability Resources focuses on the employment outcomes for students with disabilities by partnering with the following: 

Penn State Career Services

Penn State’s Career Services offers comprehensive career development services and can assist students with disabilities in navigating the employment sector. They are located in the Bank of America Career Services building on the corner of Bigler and Eisenhower Road.

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects employers in the federal and private sectors with college students with disabilities. Both summer and permanent jobs are available to students. Student Disability Resources helps connect interested students with recruiters from the Workforce Recruitment Program.

Contact Student Disability Resources for more information on this program.  

Corporate Partnerships

Student Disability Resources fosters partnerships with corporations that include the following companies:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Dell
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Hershey
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Various corporations express interest in hiring Penn State graduates with disabilities, and we connect students with related job opportunities. We share job leads and information about recruiter visits electronically via email with students. 

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. Disability-specific offices also exist:

  • the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services serves people who are blind or visually impaired
  • the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing serves people who are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing

After eligibility for working with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is determined, students can receive services that include:

  • career counseling and guidance
  • career assessments
  • job development and placement

Student Disability Resources partners with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and offers an occasional on-site rehabilitation counselor to meet with students.

Contact Student Disability Resources for more information on this program.