Your trusted source for information on career exploration, employment, and vocational rehabilitation for youth and young adults with disabilities
For transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities, success often depends on having the right services in place to support employment, education, and inclusion in the community. Fortunately, there are laws that help.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Workforce Investment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantee people with disabilities a free and appropriate education, ensure civil rights, and protect young adults from employment discrimination based on their disabilities.
Funded by the Rehabilitation Act, Project Launch works in partnership with parent centers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio to help youth, adults, families, professionals, and employers understand how these laws can help individuals with disabilities create a positive future.
How Project Launch Helps
Through individual assistance, workshops, resources, and more, Project Launch helps youth and young adults with disabilities pursue meaningful careers, live as independently as possible, and enjoy inclusion at work and in the community.
Project Launch provides a practical website and an array of helpful publications, webinars, parent tip sheets, and videos on disability-related topics.
Guidance and information is also offered on transition, employment, and the role of vocational rehabilitation counselors and rehabilitation services.
Project Launch provides transition-age youth and their families:
Project Launch offers many employment resources:
Parent Center Partners
Project Launch works in partnership with parent centers in:
This video series provides parents with five practical strategies for helping their youth be successful when first looking for employment.
Preparing for postsecondary education takes careful planning on the part of the student, his or her family, school personnel, and college and university staff. For students thinking about furthering their education, one step in planning and preparing for postsecondary life is by visiting college campuses. This PACER publication highlights some helpful activities for the visit.
Career exploration is an important step in helping a student fulfill long-term employment goals. This handout will help with decision-making and information gathering concerning academic and career choices.
Transition planning can be a challenging and complex task. It is important that the steps taken during transition planning lead to positive and well-informed decisions in education, career exploration, and independent living. This handout will assist in the process.
Project Launch is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) as per agreement, #H23F140021.