How can I make sure that my school helps prepare me for a job?

Guideposts for Success The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD) PDF

These five guideposts mark the path of successful transition into the workforce for youth with disabilities. Each guidepost provides examples of experiential learning opportunities and recommended supports.

Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionals National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) PDF

This brief suggests successful service models for helping youth with mental health needs transition from school into the workplace. Based on a study of exemplary youth service delivery programs offering integrated care focused on career preparation, it reviews the six design features of successful transition programs.

Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities: What Families and Advocates Need to Know National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) PDF

This guide explains the different types of high school diplomas that schools can offer, and provides a framework for youth, families, and Individual Education Program (IEP) teams to decide which is the best fit based on the student’s needs and career goals.

Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition The PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) PDF

This brief explains “person-centered planning” as a process of involving youth with disabilities and the people who know them best in mapping out how to help them achieve their goals for adulthood. School staff members can serve as facilitators for this process.

Self-Employment Q&A: Information on Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities Barbara Kaufman, Christy Stuart, Joan Willis, Rhonda Basha, and Rachel Dorman PDF

Entrepreneurship education teaches more than just how to start a business, it also teaches how to solve problems and develop leadership skills. This brief explains how entrepreneurship education and other work-based learning experiences can be a meaningful part of the transition from school to work.