Virtual Career Fair to assist students with disabilities

Marshall University’s participation in the national virtual career fair for people with disabilities will assist students in finding possible employment Tuesday.

Any student with a disability can log on to the website that will link them to different companies participating in the career fair.

Like any other regular career fair, students can visit different companies and explore the different positions each has to offer.

Stephanie Ballou, director at the Office of Disability Services, said a lot of times it’s difficult for a student in a wheelchair to make it to career fairs.

“It gives students a peace of mind knowing that they can still interact with agencies and employers the same way that an able-bodied person can do in a regular career fair,” Ballou said.

Ballou said most job fairs that take place in a crowded setting don’t necessarily mean the actual job has to be in that type of setting.

“Our students need to realize that just because they have a disability doesn’t mean that they are not employable,” Ballou said.

Savannah Tucker, sophomore communication disorders major, has been in a wheelchair from a young age after she was diagnosed with cranial deformity at five days old, leaving both her legs immobile.

“I think it’s fantastic that Marshall provides us with these opportunities and resources,” Tucker said. “It shows that the university is willing to go that extra mile for all of their students.”

Students can participate in the virtual career fair at