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Angela Bonza Lead Peer Career Advisor

Don’t be a statistic! Unemployment Rate

• 9.2% People without disabilities • 16.2% People with disabilities

In the Labor Force

• 22.0% People with disabilities • 70.0% People without disabilities


• 9% People without disabilities • 24.7% People with disabilities


• Start lower than qualification level • Not being promoted • Lateral movements • “wage gap” September 2009, Dept. of Labor

“During my job search the education was not sufficient in obtaining a position that required a Master's degree because there I lacked experience. As I was confronted with these many obstacles, I discovered an opportunity to creatively make a positive impact on my circumstance, and to help those who faced similar obstacles.” ~~TyKiah Wright

WrightChoice’s Beginnings

Mission Statement "Building a Bridge Between Resource and Opportunity for Minority Students & Students with disABILITIES“


Pyramid of Success

Experience Education

The Montel Williams Show Voices. One voice can lead to a chorus of change®

2007 Paul G. Hearne/ AAPD Leadership Award 2006 Ebony Magazine as one of the “30 Leader’s Under 30”

Wright State Welcomes WrightChoice  Office located in Disability Services  Individualized Internship Preparation Plans  Vocational Support

 Assistive Technology Assistance  Professional Development  Facebook, AIM, Web Resources  EmployAbility Career Fair  And more!

Why Do I Need To Think About This Now? •Building your resume takes

time •Internship applications include resumes •Volunteer work and student involvement are positive additions to your resume •Many graduate programs and scholarships are competitive •Graduation is closer than you think

Application Initial Interview Resume Cover Letter Visit Career Services References

Letter of Recommendation

from an Academic Source Letter of Recommendation from a Community Member Complete a Mock Interview ……….. ……….. ………..

Resume Writing

Managing Your Social Brand

60 Second Introduction


Social Security Income

Professional Etiquette & Soft Skills

Cover Letters

Interviewing Medicaid Buy-In

Budgeting & Credit

Career Fairs

New and Innovative

What can I do? Project REACH

Student Organizations

• 120 hours Volunteer work at selected locations • $600 grant funded stipend

• Circle K- volunteering • Toastmasters • English, Rehab, Psych, etc. • Or start your own • Abilities United

Start now down a simple path‌ Volunteering & Student Organizations

Part-time or On-campus Job



Internships  Workforce Recruitment Program (all)  Smithsonian (all)  Congressional Intern, AAPD (sophomore +)  ACCESS, NASA (juniors)  Washington Center (sophomore +)

 Look at your dream companies  What’s your dream?

Deadlines in mid-January, start your applications NOW!!!

EmployAbility Career Fair March 11, 2010

Measuring Success  Record number of

employers and attendees at EmployAbility 2009  Highest number of students interviewed for Workforce Recruitment Program  400% increase in the number of students in summer internships

 5 students at WPAFB  5 students in Project    

REACH AAPD in Washington, D.C. NCR Youth Challenge Dayton VA

Introduction to ODS Career & Vocational Support  

Angie Bonza, Lead Peer Career Advisor for Wright Choice, Inc takes you through career and vocational support services available through Disa...

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