What can my family members do to help me and my school prepare for a job when I leave school?

Creating a Path to Employment: Tips for Parents with Children with Disabilities The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy PDF

This resource offers some simple ideas for how parents can help their young adult children with disabilities explore their future work and education, such as ways to create leadership opportunities and develop social skills.

Addressing Parental Concerns Fact Sheet Katherine Inge PDF

This fact sheet addresses common questions a parent might have about community-based employment, like “how would my son/daughter learn the skills in the workplace?” and “wouldn’t going to work mean losing the friends my son/daughter has made in the extended employment program?”

Family Manual: Transition to Employment and Adult Services for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in Illinois The ARC of Illinois PDF

This comprehensive guide for families of youth with disabilities addresses special education and transition planning, adult services and supports, and health insurance during employment. It gives examples of ways families can help their children prepare for transition throughout their childhood, even as early as elementary school.

Self-Employment Q&A: Frequently Asked Questions from Families Cary Griffin and David Hammis PDF

This fact sheet answers parents’ questions about self-employment for their children with disabilities, including how to turn a hobby into a business, if community-based wage employment is a necessary precursor to self-employment, and how to finance a small business.

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD) PDF

This toolkit guides users through deciding if Personal Assistance Services (PAS) would be a good support for them while living independently and pursuing school or employment. It addresses how to identify your needs and write a clear job description, interview and select PAS candidates, and manage and evaluate the PAS.

Youth and Disability Disclosure: The Role of Families and Advocates The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD) PDF

This brief helps family members understand the benefits and potential disadvantages of disclosure for youth with disabilities, both in the workplace and in post-secondary education.

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.