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Kentucky Checklists for a Bright Future

The Kentucky Checklists for a Bright Future offer a one page checklist of the most important things parents and youth can do to prepare for meaningful employment and financial security at each age. The checklists also include the most important resources you need along the way.

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 18 Plus years-old (Young Adults)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 18 Plus years-old (Assistant)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Parent)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Student)

Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Student)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 11-15 years-old (Student)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 11-15 years-old (Parent)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 6-10 years-old

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 3-5 years-old

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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 [Take course for credit]

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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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability [link]

Many resources for youth with disabilities about getting work. They also share ways for youth to become a leaders in helping people with disabilities get work. They can also help students in high school who want to work with computers.

Phone: 877-871-0744

Tapping into the Power of Families: How Families of Youth with Disabilities Can Assist in Job Search and Retention [link]

This InfoBrief explores the important role families play in the job search and retention for youth with disabilities.

Benefits Planning for Youths with Disabilities [link]

The guide helps those assisting youth with disabilities navigate the range of state and federal government programs and benefits for people with disabilities in the United States.

Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of Family [link]

Introduces families to a new way of looking at career development for youth.

Charting the Life Course: Transition to Adulthood booklet


Charting the Life Course: Transition to Adulthood booklet [link]

Booklet about how to become an adult in many different areas of life.