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University Hall 101
Phone: (657) 278-3117
TDD: (657) 278-2786
PO Box 6830
Fullerton, CA 92834-6830
FAX: (657) 278-2408

Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday
Summer Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon.-Fri.

If you should encounter any problems with this website or wish to inquire about our services via email, please send a message to:

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Coming Spring 2015:

COUNSELING (COUN) 252 SECTION 2: 19222 - Career/Life Planning: Disability Awareness & Advocacy


Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:45 p.m. (3 units)
Instructor: Jacquelyn Gerali, M.S.
Disability Management Specialist, Disability Support Services

Prerequisites: Oral Communication and English Composition
*Open to any student with a disability*

Course Description: Career, personal and educational awareness. Strategies include integrating skills, abilities, interests and values into career search. Decision-making and goal setting.

Elements which will be discussed in this course include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual Career Exploration Strategies
  • Personal Business Leader Mentor/Advocate Resources
  • Internship Exploration/Internship Assistance through the Business Leadership Network
  • A New Perspective on Disability for the Workplace
  • Accommodation and Disability Disclosure Strategies
  • History of Disability Employment Efforts
  • Disability Employment Laws and Regulations
  • Employment Disincentives
  • Wealth & Asset Building
  • Soft Skills (Self Marketing Strategies)
  • Workplace Culture and Rules of the Road
  • How to Document your Technical Job Skills
  • Interviewing Strategies and Practices
  • Resume Preparation
  • Voices of Experience (former CSUF DSS students will share about their career development process)

Cartoon of a boy wearing a thinking cap with thinking bubbles reading: What skills could I develop for successful interpersonal communication? How do I advocate for myself in an academic, personal or career setting? What strategies do I need to be a successful student? How do I make myself more employable?

A Personal Message from the Course Instructor, Jacquelyn Gerali, Disability Management Specialist:

“My greatest passion is working with students and I am excited to meet you to discuss your academic and career pursuits! I would love to work with you as you begin to explore, establish, diversify and transcend your career goals.”

Jacquelyn Gerali, M.S. (Counseling and Guidance) has a background in providing career, group and individual counseling and instruction services to students with disabilities. Jacquelyn has provided counseling/job development services to students with a variety of career aspirations/backgrounds (which include but are not limited to: engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology, marketing, journalism, public relations, administrative, accounting, medical, counseling, psychology, sociology, education, cosmetology, and many more!). For more course information please feel free to contact: Jacquelyn Gerali at (657) 278-3112 or

Mission Statement
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The mission of the Office of Disability Support Services at California State University, Fullerton is to increase access and retention for students with permanent and temporary disabilities by ensuring equitable treatment in all aspects of campus life. The program acts as a catalyst and agent for compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations mandating equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities. Disability Support Services Services provides co-curricular and academically related services which empower students with disabilities to achieve academic and personal self-determination.

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"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

"Subject to the provisions of this title, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such entity."

(Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act)

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