The MyPlus disability confidence on campus toolkit
The Toolkit provides information, resources and guidance to university staff who are supporting students with disabilities as they search for placements, internships and graduate roles.
In addition to insights around disability and the challenges facing students with disabilities as they transition from university to employment, the Toolkit provides practical resources to upskill both staff and students.
This provides an overview of the disability and student recruitment landscape and in particular the disparity between students with a disability, and those without, finding employment upon graduation.
Disability is a broad term covering a multitude of disabilities and long-term health conditions. This section provides an overview of what is covered by the term disability and the common place disabilities that students at universities have.
In order to be able to support students with disabilities into employment, we first need to understand what the challenges and barriers are that they face. This section provides insights into those challenges.
This digital training for University staff, delivered as a webinar, is designed to build understanding of the specific challenges facing students with disabilities as they transition from education to employment and be in a position to support them with accurate information, resources and advice.
The webinar covers the 5 pillars of disability confidence on campus:
- Understanding the employment challenges facing students with disabilities
- My ‘Plus’: identifying your strengths to stand out from the crow
- The benefits of being open and how to be open
- Applying for a job with a disability & accounting for differences on your application
- Requesting adjustments
These digital training packs are designed for use by staff with your students and cover the ‘how to’ of job attainment with a disability.
Each interactive training package will equip you with up to date information and the resources to build the confidence and skills of students with disabilities to address the unique challenges they face as they successfully transition from education into employment.
- Disclosure: How to disclose a disability and benefits of doing so
- Identifying strengths: using a disability to stand out from the crowd
- Accessing support & adjustments during the recruitment process
- Applying with a disability: accounting for differences in your application
Each digital training pack includes:
- A Train the Trainer guide & notes
- A video introduction to the training
- A Power Point deck of slides
The Conversation Cards are designed for Careers Staff to use with students with disabilities to help them overcome some of the challenges they face as they apply for jobs and navigate the recruitment process.
Based on feedback from Careers Staff, students tend to have a clear idea of the topics that they want advice and guidance on and the Conversation Cards can be used to put some structure around these conversations.
The 6 topics covered are:
- The benefits of being open
- How to be open
- Applying for work with a disability
- Requesting Adjustments in the recruitment process
- Communicating strengths
- Accessing disability confident employers