Carnegie Mellon University

Student Offerings

The Olitsky Family Foundation Career Readiness Program is designed to provide supplemental support for students with cognitive and emotional differences during their professional development. Students do not need a diagnosis to participate. Supports include:


What: Develop individualized goals for your career and professional development in a small barrier-free environment

With Whom: Meet with Amy Tavares

Where: CPDC Advising Center (West Wing, 2nd Floor), virtual via Zoom, or over the phone

When: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

How: Schedule appointments (Handshake) or email

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Workshops and info sessions are opportunities for students to learn and practice general professional development and life skills. Have topics you would like to learn more about? Suggest a topic!


Navigating the Job Accommodation Process with the Job Accommodation Network (2/20)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that offers a practical, solution-oriented approach for engaging in the accommodation process to achieve successful employment outcomes for workers with disabilities. This training will introduce attendees to the JAN service, include an overview of the job accommodation process, and provide practical tips and JAN resources for requesting and providing job accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Presenter: Tracie DeFreitas, Program Leader and the Director of Training and Outreach for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Audience: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Employers

Where: Zoom

Tuesday, February 20th from 12 - 1 p.m. ET

How: Register for the event here 

What: Integrate Information Session (2/27)

Integrate is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and assist companies in becoming more neuroinclusive by helping them identify, recruit, and retain autistic and/or neurodivergent talent. Integrate works with clients who are Fortune 500 companies in different fields nationwide. During this 30-minute session, Integrate will (1) review the recruiting services they provide for autistic and/or neurodivergent candidates (2) preview their annual corporate networking program, Employer Connect (3) answer attendee’s questions.

Audience: Students and Alumni

Where: Zoom

Tuesday, February 27th from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET

How: Register for the event here
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What: Prep Session for the Student-Employer Connect Event (3/20)

This is an opportunity for students to prepare for the Student-Employer Connect event. Explore the space and set up, and/or practice your skills. Attendees will be able to practice their elevator pitch and networking skills with CPDC staff and/or employers. Attendees can practice 1-1 in a quiet space or within a group. THERE WILL BE PIZZA.

Audience: Students and Alumni

Where: The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Lower Level (CUC)

When: Wednesday, March 20th from 5 - 7 p.m. ET

How: Register for the event here 

What: Student-Employer Connect Event (3/27)

A networking opportunity for students and employers to connect. These events promote one-on-one conversations in a casual, flexible, and reduced-barrier environment. A recharge room (a low-sensory room) and communication badges are available for all attendees.

Audience: Students, Alumni, and Employers

Where: The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Lower Level (CUC)

When: Wednesday, March 27th from 5 - 7 p.m. ET

How: Register for the event here                                        

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What: 1-hour block of time dedicated to work on professional development tasks (i.e., applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, updating LinkedIn profile, etc.,) alongside a career consultant and your peers

With Whom: A CPDC Career Consultant and other CMU students/alumni

Audience: Students and Alumni

Where: Zoom & CPDC (West Wing, 2nd Floor)

When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET

How: Schedule, get a Zoom link, or reserve an in-person spot here 

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What: A Recharge Room is a reduced sensory space where any student can go to rest, relax, and refresh during an event. Fidget objects, earplugs, and coloring pages are made available. A staff member may also be available to talk and provide words of encouragement.

When: Check this page's calendar to see all of our Recharge Rooms. You can use them before, after, and during an event.

Where: Location of the Recharge Room is located in the calendar event

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