This two-hour course is designed to enhance professionals’ (teachers, VR counselors, employment specialists) skills in building partnerships with families around a vision of competitive, integrated employment for their student. The course describes a model for creating that partnership; addresses key concerns and frustrations that families may experience around employment for their student, including the potential impact of working upon SSI benefits; describes strategies for families to help their student build employment skills; and enables professionals to apply family engagement strategies to their own work. State and national resources are also shared in this course.
This free online course shows the parents of children with significant disabilities how to start preparing for meaningful employment throughout the school years. We outline what competitive employment means, how to create a vision statement for the future, how to explore and develop works skills and talents, how to address concerns, and what resources you can use to help your child achieve his or her dreams.
In addition, if you are an advocacy group leader, educator, or employment professional who wants to put together a youth employment panel to share real stories of employment for youth with disabilities in Kentucky. Depending on the audience, youth panels can include students and job seekers in varied stages of the process of securing customized, integrated employment. For those who are interested in hosting a youth panel of students/young adults with disabilities to share their employment stories, the following organizations can help connect you with youth who are currently working and who are interested in sharing their stories:
Build Inclusion: Contact Annette Jett at email@example.com
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky WeWork program: Contact Traci Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-806-8196
Watch these videos to get an overview of the Kentucky Office of Vocation Rehabilitation (OVR), Supported Employment, and Pre-Employment Training Services.
Learn more about supporting people with intellectual disabilities to make decisions about their own lives.
Learn more from The Arc about myths surrounding guardianship. Even though every state has differences, this information sheet covers the basics that apply anywhere.
Download the “Blind Work Expense (BWE) Infographic.”
This infographic talks about Blind Work Expenses (BWE).
Charting the Lifecourse includes resources, courses, tools, and online and in-person support to help young people with disabilities prepare for all aspects of transition and achieve their goals.
“Charting the LifeCourse is designed to be used for your own life, for your family members, or in the work you do. The framework and tools will help you organize your ideas, vision, and goals, as well as problem-solve, navigate, and advocate for supports.”
You Can Do So Many Things! Children’s Book [Link]
“You Can Do So Many Things!” explores the different job possibilities for a little girl with disabilities who’s interested in horses in Kentucky. Flynn’s journey offers an example for children to see what kind of job opportunities are available when they really take a look at their interests.
Learn about Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs (CTPs) designed to support students with intellectual disabilities (ID) who want to continue academic, career and technical, and independent living instruction at an institution of higher education (IHE) in order to prepare for employment.
Download the “SSDI Impairment Related Work Expense (IRWE) Infographic.”
This infographic talks about SSDI and Impairment Related Work Expense (IRWE).