2. Preparing for the Workforce

Preparing for the Workforce

What ideas do you have to help you and your peers prepare for employment in order to become successful adults? This topic includes ideas for what employers, teachers, job coaches, case managers, service providers, families, and policymakers can do. These ideas can relate to any place where you might work or prepare for work, including jobs, schools, volunteer sites, training programs, and workforce centers. When you are ready to share your ideas click the Submit New Idea Button on the right to join the conversation!

2. Preparing for the Workforce

Small Business Training for Students with Special Needs

I propose that school districts / colleges / community centers offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn alongside their peers in small business/business development classes. The rate of unemployment amongst young adults with disabilities may decrease, given the appropriate tools and support in developing a small business plan of their own. Too many people with disabilities remain unemployed after ...more »

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Community/representation

To the extent that people with disabilities are portrayed in the media, most people are white and have a developmental disability. I have epilepsy and am a POC, I've never seen a POC with a disability working a professional job on tv. I'm in law school and don't know of any organizations for people with disabilities in the law. It helps to have role models and know what you aspire to is possible.

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Higher Education and Career Paths

I am fairly new to this field, but I've found that many youth and adults with disabilities are either directed to jobs focusing on very menial tasks (cleaning, washing dishes, etc.) or employed in sheltered workshops. While I believe that this is an acceptable option for some individuals, I think that there needs to be more focus early on for students to develop a career path (if deemed appropriate and realistic) and ...more »

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Inclusive Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programs are jobs that youth with disabilities could enroll in to earn money while developing their skills in a field of interest to them. Programs typically last a few years, and apprentices who complete them earn an average starting salary of $50,000 a year. Historically, there have been many programs in fields like construction and manufacturing, but recently there has been a lot of growth in industries ...more »

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Jobs for the disable

There seems to be very little help in finding a job with a disability. I noticed It maybe easier if you live near a big city. If you ate in a small town or city options are limited. Even USAJobs and other places it isn't very easy to find a place willing to give people with disabilities a chance. You can see it in there eyes in the interview. We need more help from the federal and state government to encourage hiring ...more »

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Online internet Resources to Prepare for Work

The internet can be used as a tool that can access resources for anyone removing barrier to access some individuals with disabilities can have. There needs to be well developed websites and web videos about preparation for transition to the workforce. Some examples: How to fill out a job application, How to dress for an interview, How to communicate in a interview etc. There needs to be more internet outreach in all ...more »

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Reframing what "work" means

I have lots of disabilities and my parents were told I would never work - that I'd be in an institution. Too often adults/teachers/providers define work based on their generation and like to tell youth that their career dreams are unrealistic. Well, if you reframe or redefine work based on today's possibilities, you can easily see that our dreams are not realistic but very possible. I own my own dog boarding business. ...more »

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From a student in Job Discovery Program via her Instructor

My Student *Z (wishes to remain anonymous) said that she wishes there were more trade/vocational schools that a person with a disability like autism can attend. She is interested in make-up and nail artistry and cannot get a job in the field because she can't get certification She said a certification program that allows people with disabilities to go at a slower pace would benefit those like her who want a job with certifications/licenses. ...more »

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Training for Supervisors

I think it would be helpful to have agencies offer trainings gear towards supervising someone with a disability. I've run into a few situations with consumers where the supervisor is not fully aware of what is covered in ADA Title 1 for Employment. To my knowledge there isn't really anything that exists like that.

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More services for adults with disabilities

As a person with a disability I have noticed many young adults with disabilities are being tossed aside after they walk across the stage and get their diploma or certificate from the principal. Many are put into SSI by their parents because they are having problems finding jobs on their own. Something their own parents and teachers should be TEACHING THEM TO DO! I see so many people onSSI who are not supposed to be there, ...more »

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