1. Successful Strategies

Successful Strategies

Here are some questions to consider for this topic:

1. What positive or innovative techniques have you developed to implement inclusive career pathways for youth and/or adults who face barriers to employment, including people with disabilities?

2. How does (or how might) cross system collaboration make resources available to support inclusive career pathways? (Please provide examples if you have some.)

3. What are you doing or what would you suggest to increase awareness and outreach about career pathways programs and services so that jobseekers with disabilities can take advantage of career pathways opportunities?

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(@cheryl372)

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ABLE Coordinator- Teacher for a community based program 18-21

Community work based learning- I have found that observing students in natural environments doing work provides 2 benefits. 1) I can learn more about the student's skills, strengths, interactions, independence, preferences for work, and acceptance by community and 2) I can obtain pictures of the students doing actual work (showing experience) that I can then use when approaching future employers.

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(@cheryl372)

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ABLE Coordinator- Teacher for a community based program 18-21

Close connections with Vocational Rehabilitation. This allows me to easily move from unpaid work trials into paid work opportunities for my students. I establish conversations and familiarity with our transition counselor through weekly meetings with myself and my students in my classroom. I obtain applications and records to promoted eligibility determination long before I am ready for students to access VR funded... more »

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(@jaldrich)

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Career Assessments for Youth

Engaging youth and adults into completing career assessments which break down all areas of likes and dislikes (i.e. type of light, odors, environment, etc.) the individual would like or not like to work in, will assist with the discovery process. To have youth participate in job shadows in order to view the ins and outs of the "ideal" job will assist with career understanding.

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(@maryw026)

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Outside the box

Talking with employers about possibility of working together without much specificity gives the employer opportunities unity to come up with ideas. Too often IMHO professionals try to pigeonhole a Dooley rather than start broadly and let the employer take the lead in developing I get jobs.

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(@mattramzzz)

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Voice Recognition Software

As a grad student, starting 16 years after my 15th and final brain AVM stroke and 14-hour craniotomy, I begin to use voice recognition software for studying and composing. At that time, I was reengaging in graduate school. My final stroke took place in 1987 when I was near the end of my sophomore year of high school. After I avoided death, I was happy to be alive. I knew that I was the same person; only, something had... more »

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(@kporter)

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Transition to Community Employment

Concerned about lack of programs that really 'put people to work' in our community, and after searching nationally for programs that would address both the individuals' and employer needs, we looked at the top workplace employability skills that lead to success on the job and other areas of life, like communication, teamwork. problem solving, initiative and self-starting, planning and organising. self-management, learning... more »

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(@jeichler)

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ACCOMMODATION vs TRUE TEAMWORK

I think we are going about this all wrong. It's all about teaching people how to be good co-workers. We live in a world where the people who are atypical are expected to fit in and function, often at a level that makes no sense to them and causing significant underutilization of what they could actually offer if given the opportunity. Why not provide opportunities throughout the educational system (preschool through college... more »

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(@barbee1012)

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Tax credits or incentives

Some successful employment opportunities have come from parents or professionals who start businesses designed to train and employ people with disabilities. (there are several in Colorado) Enact legislation to provide tax credits or other incentives to start businesses which employ people with disabilities. Do case studies on these successful business models and disseminate this information to the broader community... more »

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(@lisabjester)

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Career Fair as way to educate employers

One strategy that has been successful for me with my students is attending career/job fairs. This gives the students an opportunity to practice their conversation and social skills and allows me time to network with hiring professionals and share my students abilities and career goals. Many of my students have been able to secure jobs through this strategy.

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(@david.hoff)

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Integrating Individuals into Industry Credential Programs

When we talk about Career Pathways, it's critical that we focus on skill development and credentials. A strategy that I feel is under-utilized, is supporting individuals with significant disabilities in training programs that result in industry-recognized credentials in the trades, health care, and other industries. The idea is to integrate individuals into existing training programs (not create something separate),... more »

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(@michelle.halman)

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Business / School Partnership

A school could partner with a large, local business. Relationships may already exist between the business and VR. Teachers and Administrators don't have to reinvent the wheel to build one for themselves - ask VR for assistance. A business could: 1. Provide Career Mentoring for students 2. Hold a practice job fair at the business 3. Be a guest speaker in a classroom 4. Provide workplace tours 5. Practice interview... more »

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(@deborahl)

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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... more »

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