1. Successful Strategies

Raise Parental Expectations for Inclusive Employment

Parents participating in this discussion have high expectations that their adult children will work in inclusive settings doing work that reflect their strengths and interests. This is NOT the case for many many families. Even if parents do have such expectations they may not have a clue about how to ensure that their son or daughter with significant disabilities receives the supports they need in the workplace.

 

Parent training on state career pathway systems/options, the importance of work-based learning experiences for youth, and supports families can provide to build "soft" and other employment skills at home and in the community are under-employed strategies to improve inclusive employment outcomes. (No mention of family training in VR's Pre-Employment Services for example.) Federally funded parent centers and disability organizations need more resources to be able to provide relevant training and information services to families on such topics.

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