Scholarships and Other Announcements
Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs.
Participating in the WRP is an excellent way to:
- Find an internship or permanent position in the federal or private sector
- Explore careers in the federal service
- Gain interviewing experience
The WRP provides students with disabilities in all fields of study the opportunity to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills during a required one-on-one meeting with a WRP recruiter, and gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job.
To apply for WRP, you must:
- have a disability ( eligible for Schedule A hiring authority AND
- be a U.S. citizen AND
- be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education on a substantially full-time basis (unless your disability precludes you from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR
- be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation OR
- have graduated from such an institution on or after Aril 1, 2018.
Students and recent graduates can register starting August 26th:
- going to https://www.wrp.gov/wrp
- Click on Student Tab
- Complete the registration form which includes the following statement”I certify that I am a person with an intellectual, severe physical, or psychiatric disability that qualifies me for the federal Schedule A hiring Authority”
The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company has Student Intern and Co-OP positions in many areas of business as well as Retail Sales Representative in its Sales Organization.
Contact the Hershey Company for details: www.thehersheycompany.com/careers.
AccessComputing: Internships and Mentoring for Students with Disabilities in Computing Majors
With the new school year underway, it's a great time for students to think about their professional development and their career plans. AccessComputing would like to invite students with disabilities who are pursuing computer science or other computing-related majors to join our AccessComputing team. AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation-funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers.
Student team members engage in online mentoring, receive professional development support, and are eligible to request funding for internships, travel to conferences, and tutoring. To join the team, students must complete and submit an application, available online at: http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/team_app.html
Students are encouraged to contact Brianna Blaser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Improved Access to Digital Download Books for Blind and Low Vision U.S. Citizens
The new BARD download audiobook and magazine service is available free of charge. See below.
Longueuil, May 25, 2009
On April 30, the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress in the United States, entered the first phase of its transition to a digital playback system, as well as releasing an upgraded version of its pilot download website. Beginning with the testing of 5,000 digital players by NLS patrons in their homes, NLS is preparing to launch full-scale production and distribution of 26,000 machines per month this year, ensuring continued access to reading materials for more than 500,000 registered users.
New to the NLS program is a state of the art online component, called the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. This new site for blind and physically handicapped patrons of NLS now provides better than ever access to digital audiobooks and magazines. The BARD digital books and magazines are in the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 2002 format, the specification for navigable digital talking books. Readers may press buttons on the NLS digital talking-book player and compatible players to jump from chapter to chapter, section to section or page to page. This ability to quickly navigate the book structure, combined with the high-quality human recording, make the new digital NLS download books one of the most significant advancements in the provision of talking books for blind and low vision people.
"The high quality navigable digital books from the new NLS BARD service represent a major advancement in access to books, magazines, and electronic braille for Americans who are unable to read print due to blindness, low vision, or physical disability", says Gilles Pepin, CEO of HumanWare. "With BARD, NLS brings its library into the home of its patrons. Not only do NLS patrons now have access to thousands of digital books but they can find their book of interest and download it in minutes independently and from the comfort of their home computer."
HumanWare manufactures the popular Victor Reader Stream, a DAISY NISO compatible digital talking-book player designed in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), which several thousand NLS patrons already use to play the new digital NISO books. The NLS digital books on the BARD site are protected by encryption and compatible digital book players must be authorized by NLS for eligible patrons to play the books.
The ability to press buttons on the Victor Reader Stream to easily jump between chapters, pages, or magazine articles, like the NLS digital talking-book player, provides a rich audiobook reading experience never before experienced by audiocassette readers. For reference books such as cookery books the user can even enter a page number from the table of contents on the Stream telephone-style number pad and the playback will move immediately to that page. With the NLS player, Victor Reader Stream, and the NLS BARD books, users now have immediate access to thousands of books and can navigate them just like they would navigate the equivalent print book's structure.
The new BARD download audiobook and magazine service is available free of charge to eligible blind and physically handicapped individuals in the U.S. and to citizens living abroad, who have access to a computer and high-speed Internet connection, and who have a free NLS digital talking-book player or own an authorized compatible digital talking-book player such as HumanWare's Victor Reader Stream. To learn more about BARD service visit http://www.loc.gov/nls/
disABLED Person Inc. for Employment
disABLEDperson, Inc. is a public charity organization since 2002 whose primary focus is disability employment. We want to help you, a person with a disability find employment. So come, post your resume and look through our job listings. Our site also offers both email and SMS texting job alerts! Sign up and get job listings sent to you every day.