Updated KentuckyWorks Module—EMP 101: What We All Need to Know About Transition for Students with Significant Disabilities

Updated EMP 101: What We All Need to Know About Transition for Students with Significant Disabilities

EMP 101 is an overview of the current status of employment outcomes for youths with intellectual and developmental disabilities in KY, the key steps in the transition process itself, the legal requirements and the roles of each agency, types of employment (competitive, supported, and customized), and the development of measurable post-secondary goals for transition-age youth. The module has a series of guiding questions, which form the basic structure of the module, with interactive questions interspersed throughout. We are now able to offer professional development/continuing education credits for individuals who successfully complete the training.

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Kentucky Disability Resource Guide

Kentucky Disability Resource Guide [link]

The focus of this directory is to provide a searchable database of available resources, and to provide contact information to apply for resources and/or locate additional information. In many cases, we took definitions and eligibility for services directly from the agency websites that offer these programs.

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KY Cabinet for Workforce Development

KY Cabinet for Workforce Development [link]
Connecting Kentucky to employment, workforce information, education and training. The Kentucky Career Center stands ready to assist Kentuckians with disabilities in achieving suitable employment and independence. Kentucky Career Center offers a comprehensive range of services for people with disabilities. For more info, see Vocational Services.

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National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center [link]

“Guidance for student-centered transition planning, education, and services. Resources include online modules, toolkits, checklists, practice descriptions, lesson plans, work-based learning experience guidance, and resources for students.”

Email: ntactmail@uncc.edu

Call: 704-687-8606

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Thought Sauce! Hot Ideas for Cool Employment

Thought Sauce! Hot Ideas for Cool Employment [link]

“Griffin-Hammis Associates and it’s not-for-profit arm, The Center for Social Capital, compiled a number of our most requested informational articles on Customized Employment into a downloadable manual for use as handouts in training sessions, for publication in newsletters (please ask first), and to strengthen staff in-service programs.”

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Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students

Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students [link]

Booklet by the National Institute for Work and Learning about how to create employment job opportunities for high school students.

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Skills to Pay the Bills (with videos)


This booklet from the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy helps students learn soft skills for employment success.

Includes videos for various skills.

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National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: Teaching Skills

Lesson Plans for Teaching Employment Skills [link]

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition provides a number of education-based resources transition planning.

Kentucky Department of Education: Transition

Kentucky Department of Education: Transition [link]

Transition is the “exit” out of a child’s secondary school to the adult world. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living. One strategy for ensuring a successful transition, is planning. As part of IDEA, schools are required to provide transition planning to help the student identify interests, strengths, preferences and needs. Transition planning also means identifying possible post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation. Transition is also developing a coordinated set of activities for a student that will help him or her to achieve those goals.

Phone number: (502) 564-4970