Employer Presentation

This section provides a summary of presentation options followed by one detailed outline for delivering presentations to employers about hiring work-based learning participants with disabilities.


To help employers become more aware of:

  • the rights, responsibilities, potential contributions and needs of interns with disabilities
  • how to recruit students with disabilities into their programs
  • how to ensure equal access into their programs
  • how to accommodate interns with disabilities
  • adaptive technology that provides access to computers
  • who the key players are on a typical college campus


The following presentation examples are designed to accommodate a wide variety of participant needs. You may choose to deliver a presentation in a service club or professional organization meeting, as a conference session, or as a pre-conference workshop.


A Career Counselor, Cooperative Education Coordinator, Disabled Student Services Officer, Adaptive Technology Consultant, or a fellow employer may deliver this presentation. Little experience working with students with disabilities is required to give a short presentation; longer presentations require more specialized expertise.


Possible Presentation Outline

The following sample outline can be tailored to your audience, and can vary from a brief 10-minute overview to a half-day workshop.


  • Introduce presenter(s).
  • Introduce participants.
  • Identify accessible restrooms, telephones, and provide other site logistics.
  • Discuss presentation agenda and schedule.
  • Describe and distribute handouts.


  • Provide background and overview.
  • Discuss employment statistics of people with disabilities.

Legal Issues

  • Describe the Americans with Disabilities Act and it's implications.
  • Discuss who is covered, reasonable accommodations, undue hardship, and related issues.
  • Talk about appropriate and inappropriate situations in which to ask about disability.

Access Issues

  • Discuss how to provide access to computers.
    • Computer lab/workstation access
    • Adaptive technology
    • Access to electronic resources

Hiring Students with Disabilities

  • Explain methods for recruiting students with disabilities.
  • Describe accommodation strategies.
  • Identify "key players" on campus and in the community.
  • Share the Four-Step Accommodation Model and Abilities Profiles. Provide specific examples.
  • Identify school and community resources.

Equipment and Tools