Finding Readers

Start Early

In my experience, the earlier I start advertising reader job openings, the larger the pool of candidates I get to chose from, and the better quality of readers I end up hiring. It is best to start advertising to the student body well before classes start. 

The University of Florida Disabilities Resource Center and I found that the most effective method for finding readers was with fliers that I made and distributed in relevant academic buildings. University website postings can also be used effectively. 

Computer Skills

One skill that I emphasize in job advertisement and interviews is computer competency. I want my readers to be able to convert documents, enter and organize data, build charts and graphs, perform searches and locate scientific articles, etc. without needing my constant supervision.

Once at the University of Florida, the disabilities office hired me a reader who didn’t know how to use a web browser. On her first day on the job, I asked her to open Safari and perform a search. When she asked me how to do that, I realized she was not suited for the job. This was also the day that I decided I needed to begin conducting my own reader interviews.

Example Flier

To advertise reader (also called Access Assistant) positions to University of Minnesota student body, I and a woman named Annie Bartels designed and posted fliers in the Chemistry, Math, Biology, Physics, and Computer Science buildings. In response to inquiries, we sent potential job candidates more comprehensive job descriptions. Below, I’ve inserted images of these two documents that are links to their pdf versions. I hope you find these examples useful as you design your own job advertisements.

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