Tips for People with Disabilities
At some point in your job search, you will be invited to a job interview. Before you go into a job interview, it’s important to be prepared. First, know your skills and abilities. You probably have many skills that you aren’t even aware of. Ask a friend what she thinks your good qualities are. Some of these qualities can translate into job skills. Write them down and memorize them. Second, learn as much as you can about the business where you will interview. Employers are impressed when a person comes into the interview and knows about their business. Finally, practice. Pair up with a friend. Think about some questions that an employer might ask and write them down. Have your friend play the part of the employer and practice the interview.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Know your rights under The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ADA is civil rights law that forbid discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, state and local government activities, public accommodations, public transportation and public services. The ADA protects people with mental illness (psychiatric disabilities) if they meet certain guidelines.
The ADA has guidelines for the interview and hiring process. You can learn more by going to the links below:
http://www.adainformation.org –The Rocky Mountain ADA Center provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to people living in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.
http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu - Job Accommodation Network – a useful site that has information on the ADA. You can also ask questions directly (via e-mail) about ADA related issues.
In general, the ADA protects people with disabilities who are looking for work in the following ways: