Students and alumni with physical, medical, psychiatric, and learning disabilities (whether or not they have been diagnosed) bring significant strengths to the workplace. However, they often face challenges with finding and securing work at a supportive and accommodating organization. Students and alumni will find below, a variety of on-campus and external resources to help them through their search for a meaningful co-op and career along with information about disability employment rights.
Support at Wentworth
Co-ops & Careers is committed to supporting students and alumni with disabilities. This includes the steps of securing and completing co-op and in launching their careers. Folks with disabilities may have questions about disclosing their disability to an employer, or about how to ask for a reasonable accommodation. Your Co-op & Career Advisor is available by appointment to guide you through these concerns, support your co-op and job search, and help you seek expertise outside of Wentworth when needed. Co-ops & Careers can also act as a liaison between the candidate and the employer.
Talk with us about
- Highlighting your strengths and abilities on your resume and cover letter.
- If you should disclose your disability to your employer.
- When and how to disclose your disability.
- Understanding and requesting reasonable workplace accommodations.
- Addressing workplace and interview harassment and discrimination.
Additionally, to support neurodiverse students through co-op, we partner with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Aspire Program. Any student who believes they will struggle to obtain or perhaps keep a co-op due to anxiety, stress, social challenges, or communication issues is welcome to request participation in the program. A diagnosis is not required to participate.
The main on-campus resource for students with disabilities is the Success Studio. Check out the Success Studio’s Accessibility Services Page to find information about requesting campus accommodations and the ongoing support available to you. The Success Studio also provides Academic support, including advising and tutoring. Counseling is available through the Center for Wellness. Medical support services are available through Student Health Services.
We recommend students get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations relevant to their interests and major to build community and develop professionally. A listing of Wentworth’s student organizations, including up-to-date meeting times and contact information, can be found on Leopard Spot.