Employment

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Having the opportunity to get and keep a job is an important part of life for us all. Youth and young adults with disabilities may benefit from services and supports to overcome barriers. This section of our website provides resources including agency information, services, and supports to facilitate youth employment.

Refer to the following DC Partners in Transition website links to learn more about services, supports, and resources that facilitate youth employment.

Employment

For10_12

Skills and Strategies

  • Complete chores at home
  • Explore and discuss what you want to do in the future (dreams)
  • Demonstrate the ability to make choices/develop decision making strategies
  • Follow directions/finish what you start

Employment

For12_14

Skills and Strategies

  • Describe employability skills
  • Explore Career and Technical Education Program options
  • Begin developing career portfolio – including copies of required identification
  • Engage in community service/volunteering

Employment

For14_15

Skills and Strategies

  • Continue career exploration – participate in job shadowing
  • Continue development of career portfolio – include copies of assessment, work samples, etc.
  • Begin to set post high school goals
  • Evaluate future financial needs and how these relate to career choices
  • Begin linking information to your Summary of Performance

Employment

For15_16

Skills and Strategies

  • Continue career exploration – situational assessments
  • Continue development of career portfolio – include resume development
  • Identify and explore all sources of potential employment
  • Understand/state what it is that you can “bring” to an employer
  • Understand private/government resources for employment

Employment

For16_17

Skills and Strategies

  • Continue development of career portfolio – include updates to all documents
  • Begin narrowing job selection from just a “job to make money” vs. “a job that interests you”
  • State and know how to acquire the accommodations and supports needed for employment
  • Discuss what additional training/skills are needed to continue or enhance employment
  • Engage in competitive employment

Employment

For18_21

Skills and Strategies

  • Develop skills for employment/volunteer position sustainability
  • Master employability skills
  • Acquire the accommodations and supports needed for employment
  • Make use of the private/government resources for employment

Resources

Employment

Parent Tips for Transition Planning
This resource explains the purpose of transition planning, answers frequently asked questions, and contains guided questions that support effective transition plan development.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth With Disabilities
This workbook helps youth to understand what it means to disclose a disability, make informed decisions about disclosing, and the impact disclosure can have on education, employment, and social life.
Skills to Pay the Bills -- Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 both in-school and out-of-school environments.
Skills to Pay the Bills Video Vignettes
Click on this link to access a series of free video vignettes produced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy to accompany its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum.
DC Partners in Transition Website
DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. Click on the link to access resources, read the success stories of DC youth who have successfully transitioned, and discover information on upcoming events and ways to get involved.
The Guideposts for Success: A Framework for Families Preparing Youth for Adulthood
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this InfoBrief shares how the Guideposts for Success can be used as a framework from which families of youth with disabilities can consider the support needs of their youth during the transition planning process.
Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Learning Disabilities provides guidance to caring adults and youth service professionals for improving services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities.
Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
This resource offers advice to parents on how to support their child's successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
Student-Directed Transition Planning Lesson Plans
Visit this link to access eight lessons teachers can use to teach their students the information needed to actively participate in their transition-focused IEP meetings.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, this website features profiles of hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay, and more. Each profile also includes employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
Bureau of Labor Statistics K-12 Website
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) K-12 site features games and quizzes, student resources such as career information, resources for teachers such as classroom activities, and an interactive timeline of the history of BLS.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations after high school
This brochure shares three ways you can help your son or daughter learn how to understand, manage, and explain his or her disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
College or Training Programs: How to Decide
This PACER Center pamphlet shares tips and questions students should consider when deciding which education or training options to pursue after high school.
Non-Degree Postsecondary Options For Individuals with Disabilities
This pamphlet, produced by the George Washington University's HEATH Resource Center, discusses options for students with disabilities who want to become independent and employed but who do not want to pursue an academic degree.
Opening Doors to Employment
This handbook, produced by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is designed to assist students with disabilities, families, and educators in developing postsecondary employment goals.
New Futures Career Navigator Website
This new website assists students in identifying career pathways in the DC metro area.
Vocational Rehabilitation: A Young Adult's Guide
This tip sheet explains how young adults can take advantage of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services in their state.
My "Must Have" Papers
This guide for students shares tips on keeping and protecting personal records and information.
Applying for a Job: The Young Adult's Guide
Created for students, this fact sheet includes tips on things to keep in mind when looking for a job, hints on how to find a job, and a job application example.
How to Keep a Job: The Young Adult's Guide
This guide shares tips for students on how to be prepared to start and keep a new job.
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network Secondary Transition Toolkit
A toolkit designed by youth with disabilities who are members of Pennsylvania's Youth Leadership Network to assist youth with transitioning into the adult world.
Building a Bridge: A Resource Manual for High School Students
This handbook, created by the Connecticut Transition Task Force, aims to help students and family members to prepare for life after high school and includes personal checklists youth can use to get to know themselves.
Get Started Now: A Practical Guide for DC Students with Disabilities
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Offers young adults guidance on career research, including preliminary exploration, getting and conducting informational interviews, and using internet resources for further inquiry.
CareerOneStop
This website, sponsored by the Department of Labor, shares employment information and inspiration to help students explore career and education options.
Career Clusters
As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options.
Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for participating in internships and other work-based experiences.
Getting Involved in Volunteering (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for getting involved in their community.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations After High School
This tip sheet shares ways in which families can help young adults to understand, manage, and explain their disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
Integrated Employment Toolkit: Youth and Family Q & A
Strategies for educators and families to use in assisting youth access to supports that will prepare them for integrated, competitive employment.
Networking: A Guide to an Effective Job Search
This guide explains what networking is, how it's done, and how it can help students land the perfect job.
Do's and Don't of Looking for a Job
Helpful hints about finding a job that is right for you.
Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
A searchable online resource that provides ideas for accommodations and a list of contact organizations.
Creating a Path to Employment: Tips for Parents with Children with Disabilities
Tips that families can use to help their youth explore the world of work.
Understanding Transition Services in Transition Plans
Brief snippet for educators on how to write effective and meaningful transition services for students with disabilities.
Letters of Invitation for Transition Planning Meetings
Brief snippet about the process of inviting students to IEP meetings when transition planning is being discussed.
Writing Measurable Annual Goals for Students’ Transition Plans
Brief snippet for educators on how to write measurable annual goals for students' transition plans.
The IRIS Center Secondary Transition Modules
This Module defines and discusses the purpose of interagency collaboration and addresses the importance of partnering with agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school.
Secondary Transition Assessment Resources
This resource provides an overview of transition assessments which can be considered a beginning library of transition assessments for providing high quality assessment. Many of the assessments are free, and those that must be purchased were selected for their quality and cost-benefit. OSSE does not have an approved list; however, this guide serves as a list of secondary transition assessments available to educators.
Writing Annual Goals and Postsecondary Goals
This handout provides information on how to write annual and postsecondary goals for transition plans for students with disabilities. This short guide provides tips about how to write compliant and meaningful transition goals in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Transition Planning for English Learners Webinar
This webinar is geared towards educators and school-based staff who work with English learners. During this session, participants will learn about the factors that contribute to college and career attainment for English learners (ELs) including current ELs, former ELs, and ELs with special needs. Participants will be exposed to practices that lead ELs and ELs with identified disabilities to success in obtaining postsecondary employment and completing postsecondary education. By the end of the session, participants will have a template of best practices that will lead to post-secondary success specific to their school/LEA.
Transition Planning for English Learners
This webinar is geared towards educators and school-based staff who work with English learners. During this session, participants will learn about the factors that contribute to college and career attainment for English learners (ELs) including current ELs, former ELs, and ELs with special needs. Participants will be exposed to practices that lead ELs and ELs with identified disabilities to success in obtaining postsecondary employment and completing postsecondary education. By the end of the session, participants will have a template of best practices that will lead to post-secondary success specific to their school/LEA.