Updated KentuckyWorks Module—Employment 105 Professional Family Engagement

Register for the free online Professional Family Engagement Module [Link}

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.

KentuckyWorks Module—Benefits 101: A Guided Study of Your Own Situation

Benefits 101: A Guided Study of Your Own Situation [Take course for credit.]

This one hour training is an overview of how earned income may affect eligibility for an entitlement to social security disability benefits and supplemental security income.

Course Objectives

  • Clarify the facts about the impact of work upon disability benefits and supplemental security income.
  • Provide you with the basic knowledge to make an informed decision about how obtaining employment may affect your financial situation.

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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Work Early, Work Often video series

Work Early, Work Often video series [link]

Highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences, particularly for young adults with disabilities.

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Kentucky Employment Files Video Series

Kentucky Employment Files Video Series [link]

The Kentucky Employment files are developed and produced through a partnership with the Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky.

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Transition Goals and Activities for Inclusive Postsecondary Programs

Transition Goals and Activities for Inclusive Postsecondary Programs [link]

“This table provides several goals and related activities that can be used in a transition IEP to support students in developing skills that will help prepare them for inclusive postsecondary education.”

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Meet Brandon Ziemke video

Meet Brandon Ziemke [link]

In the Meet Brandon Ziemke video, a college student, employee and young man with an intellectual disability. Brandon talks about overcoming obstacles, the impact of caring adults in his life, and his hopes and dreams for the future.