ServiceSource assists youth with disabilities transition from school to work through a number of different programs. Programs provide internship experiences, job skills training, career planning and other customized supports to assist transitioning youth with disabilities to reach their goals of integrated employment in competitive industries.
Navigating the services and resources available for assisting people with disabilities to obtain quality employment is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. America cannot successfully compete in a global economy without fully engaging the 33 million working-age people with disabilities in our workforce. As we meet our goal of “Good Jobs for Everyone,” the public workforce development system needs to expand its capacity to provide integrated, seamless, and accessible services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment. To achieve this goal and building upon lessons learned from the Employment and Training Administration’s Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative, the workforce system is collaborating with a wide range of partners to help people with disabilities obtain meaningful and effective employment opportunities. DOL’s Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) will build on the promising practices of the DPNs, as well as other successful strategies and model programs of service delivery in the workforce system to improve employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities.
This website breaks down transitioning in to employment in to the following categories: Preparing for Employment, Work Based Opportunities, Disability Employment Services, Job Seeking Resources, and Working While Maintaining Benefits. These categories are designed to hit on the major components of transitioning in to employment and provides additional resources that may be of benefit to transitioning individuals.
The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, through its “Bridges. . .from school to work” program, seeks to enhance employment opportunity for youth with disabilities. Working collaboratively with all involved, Bridges endeavors to create a stepping stone to productive and fulfilling employment for youth exiting special education and a stepping stone to a rich and largely untapped applicant pool for employers. Grounded in the conviction that youth with disabilities can be employees with capabilities, the program ultimately strives to develop strong, mutually beneficial employer/employee relationships.
MontgomeryWorks partners with youth programs to provide educational and occupational skills that foster academic and employment success. Our programs encourage youth to achieve educational goals, obtain work experience, develop leadership skills, practice good citizenship, and provide community service. For more information, call (301) 946-1806 or contact a resource specialist at the MontgomeryWorks location near you.
This directory, focused on transition-age youth with disabilities, was compiled at a national meeting hosted by the Federal Interagency Partners in Transition Workgroup, at which federally-supported projects and center staff submitted descriptions. The references in this directory are not intended to be exhaustive of the investments in transition made by federal, state, or local entities. For corrections or additions, please e-mail Judy Shanley at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at firstname.lastname@example.org. View a list of agencies and organizations that members of the Federal Interagency Partners in Transition Workgroup represent.
Transition Services assist students in the movement from school to the world of work and adult life. The Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) works together with students, families, schools and community agencies to provide services to support this transition.
DRS reccommends that students and families begin to make transition plans at least three years prior to exiting school. DRS provides information and outreach through:
Presentations to groups such as families and teachers
Technical assistance and individualized consultation
Education and training for schools and families
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
The purpose of Project Access is to improve the delivery and outcomes of postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Project Access is designed to significantly facilitate the transition of high school students with disabilities into postsecondary education, to increase the success rate and retention of freshman students with disabilities at Howard Community College, and to improve career counseling and job placement services for students with disabilities.
Pathway at UCLA Extension is a two-year certificate program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, offering a blend of educational, social, and vocational experiences, taught and supervised by experienced instructors sensitive to the individual needs of our students. On campus, Pathway students attend classes and participate with UCLA students in the many social, recreational, and cultural activities of a major university.