Handout to go along with the Seeing a Brighter Future curriculum to give parents the vision of employment for students with significant intellectual disabilities and practical steps to take throughout the school years to prepare for the world of work. This handout includes activities and a resource list for families and individuals.
Development of this curriculum was supported by a U.S. Administration on Community Living grant, (90DNEM0004-01-00) for the KentuckyWorks project.
You can explore ten modules that are based on information most essential to assist you in supporting youth who receive disability benefits and their families in navigating a path toward successful employment.
If you are getting ready for a school meeting or a meeting with your transition coordinator, you can use a paper like this to share your ideas about the future. You can talk about your goals and dreams, your strengths, your challenges, what works for you, and what doesn’t work for you. Thanks to Tiffany Stafford for sharing this idea with us for younger students! She gives instructions on how to make your own vision statement here.
Brighter Futures Vision Statement Tutorial Video
Educators and parents can also watch a video about how to prepare a vision statement with a student below:
Learn more about Comprehensive Training Programs, or individualized programs through colleges or universities that allow students with Intellectual Disabilities an opportunity to work toward a career goal of gainful employment.
Wonderful website featuring strategies for hiring people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, success stories of employment, resources, frequently asked questions, and a blog about topical concerns and interesting employment news.
KentuckyWorks is a collaborative effort between the Human Development Institute, the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the Kentucky Department of Education , the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, KY Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), Kentucky Protection & Advocacy, KY Community and Technical College System, the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC), Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Kentucky Office of Autism, and the Kentucky Autism Training Center.