Friday, April 3, 2015

#Transition: Planning for #Employment

As part of the IEP, the team should be considering what life after high school might look like for your
child. One of those considerations, if appropriate, should be employment. As the case conference committee identifies specific employment related transition goals, it is important to consider some of the following:
  • helping the student learn about and explore career options;
  • discussing the wishes of the student and family regarding the type of employment that may be desired at the conclusion of formal education;
  • including a variety of work-related experiences such as community job training as part of the transition IEP;
  • discussing the supports that may be needed to work in the type of jobs in which the student may be interested; and
  • exploring school experiences and activities that might assist the student in acquiring desired skills.
As with many things, the earlier you start this planning, the easier it will probably be. A good starting point is to build on your child’s strengths and interests. Career exploration might include volunteer positions, internships, or job shadowing. A tool to support person-centered planning in this process can be found here.

There are many skills that will be needed for successful employment: communication, interpersonal, decision-making, and lifelong learning. You can find tip sheets on helping your child develop these skills here and here.

There are several agencies that can help support employment for an individual with special health care needs and/or disabilities:
Independent Living Centers
Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE)
Vocational Rehabilitation

If you need additional resources, feel free to contact Family Voices Indiana: 317 944 8982

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