Students need early work experiences to help them prepare for adult life. Families can help their child build work skills and connect to jobs. These resources will help families know how to support their child in finding jobs.

Vocational Rehabilitation Overview

Shares information on the vocational rehabilitation program. Vocational rehabilitation provides a variety of individualized services to persons with disabilities in preparation for competitive, integrated employment. VR advocates employment outcomes for customers that are consistent with their individual strengths, resources, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice.

Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families

Addresses the need for youth to acquire work skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to work with their youth to develop skills that lead to success on the job.

Youth and Disability Disclosure: The Role of Families and Advocates

Addresses the role of families and advocates in disability disclosure.

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

Focuses on career development for youth. It discusses the three phases of career development, highlights Individualized Learning Plans as a tool for facilitating the career development process, and offers strategies on how families can be involved.

Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front

Provides information on how to support youth as they look for jobs. It includes tips on gaining experience, preparing a resume, finding supports, and networking.

A Guide to Work Experiences

Provides descriptions of different types of early work experiences. It includes information on job shadowing, school-based enterprises, job sampling, internships, apprenticeships, and more.

Career Awareness and Exploration Online Resources

Shares career awareness and exploration online resources.

Transition and Employment

Provides an overview of options for employment. This section is part of a comprehensive overview of transition planning for families who have children with disabilities.