Supporting disabled students with careers

Finding work when you have a disability can seem like a daunting prospect. The Careers Service are here to help!

From wondering how employers will react, to knowing what adjustments to ask for during the application and interview stage, it can all add to what can already be quite a stressful experience.

However the law is there to protect your rights and there are lots of other organisations that support you and businesses to ensure that you are able to access work opportunities.

To access a variety of careers appointments, events and resources, register on

If you require any academic support, please read the information at the bottom of this page from Disability Services. 

What to look for when looking for work

Most employers have a policy and are positive about recruiting and retaining disabled people Some employers make this clear by signing up to schemes such as the Disability Confident employer scheme, the Business Disability Forum and Mindful Employer's Charter for employers who are positive about mental health. However, just because employers are not signed up to these schemes doesn’t mean they are not positive in supporting disabled applicants or employees.

Some useful things to research about a potential employer:

  • See if they have the disability confident symbol to show they encourage applications from disabled people

  • Check if the job advert affirms that they are an equal opportunities employer

  • Look at their equal opportunities policy on their website

  • Check if they offer application forms in different formats or mention adjustments for applicants, with disabilities, on their website or in the job advert. 

Applying for a job

There are a number of websites that specifically promote opportunities for disabled people including our partner organisation EmployAbility:

Next Generation Inclusive University partnership with EmployAbility 

As a Next Generation Inclusive University, our commitment to disability inclusion and equity is at the heart of who we are and what we do. That is why we have partnered with EmployAbility to ensure that you can access support and advice for a barrier-free recruitment process for any applications you make. Speak to us or contact a member of the team directly at 

  • Register now at

  • After you have registered with us on our website, please reach out to if you need any support 

  • Apply to top inclusive employers for internships, graduate programs, insight days, events, directly through us 

  • We advise and support on the adjustments you may need for the recruitment process and the workplace an advocate on your behalf with any potential employer 

  • Our services are completely free and confidential  

Keep an eye on future communications from EmployAbility on Instagram, Disability Services and from Careers. 

Other useful resources: 

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK is the UK’s leading organisation led by, run by, and working for Disabled people. 

Even Break

UK’s most accessible job board to connect the employers and disabled students.


There are lots of different employment sectors looking for people with the skills and talents you possess. Rest assured that all the companies listing with us are committed to inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace. 

Disability Jobsite

Disability Jobsite assists disabled people to participate actively in employment and plays a critical role in supporting disabled people on the pathway to work. 

MyPlus Students' Club

MyPlus Students’ Club provides essential careers advice to the 16% of disabled students or long-term health condition*. We work with top graduate employers and university services to help students realise their career potential. 

These websites promote specific opportunities but this should not put you off using other job sites too.

Once you have applied for a job you need to decide whether you will be open about your disability, if so, at what stage you will be ready? If you are ready you will be able to discuss any adjustments you might need to enable you to perform to your full potential during recruitment and if you are appointed to the role. 

Seeking support

If you have ever had exam arrangements in previous study, extra support in school, or have a long-term medical condition, please come and speak to Disability Services about adjustments and support we can offer to remove barriers you experience in your studies. 

The University of Leeds has a range of help and information for disabled students which you can find on the Disability Services website or via the Student Advice Centre

Disability and employability resources

We’ve created a pack full of disability and employability resources in Sway. You can also contact the Careers Service for more information or follow the Careers Service (@leedsunicareers) on Instagram. For example, take a look at our post on reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process

Disability Services

We are here to support you in your academic year by:

  • Advising your academic School on the support you may need in your learning

  • Recommending academic adjustments for your course  

  • Giving you advice on a range of matters, from funding to assistive technology  

  • Providing you with ongoing support throughout your time at Leeds  

Disabled students make up over 14% of the student body at Leeds. We know that the word “disability” can mean different things to different people, and you may not have thought of yourself as being disabled before. But it is worth considering whether you might be entitled to support. 

We support people who: 

  • are D/deaf or hearing impaired are blind or visually impaired 

  • have a physical disability, and/or mobility difficulties have a specific learning difficulty (for example, dyslexia or dyspraxia) 

  • have a neurodevelopmental condition (for example, AD(H)D) 

  • have a neurological condition (for example, MS, epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome, stammer) 

  • are autistic 

  • have a mental health condition 

  • have a long-term medical condition (e.g., chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, diabetes, cancer, HIV) 

  • have a combination of these 

This is not exhaustive list. Please contact us if you have any questions about the support we offer. 

Quick links

Find out more about our Service and how to access support in our student handbook: 

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