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Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families (2011)

Prepared by PACER in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this InfoBrief discusses the importance of soft skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to help their child develop skills for employment success.


TAPPING INTO THE POWER OF FAMILIES: HOW FAMILIES OF YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES CAN ASSIST IN JOB SEARCH AND RETENTION (2011)

Prepared by PACER Center in collaboration with the National Collaboration on Workforce Development for Youth, the purpose of this brief is to give families and other caring adults information on how their involvement can make a positive impact on a youth's work readiness, career exploration, and workplace success. Educators and other youth service professionals can also use this information to consider how to involve family members in a young person's work readiness and career development.


Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities: What Families and Advocates Need to Know (May 2009 - Issue 22)

Prepared by PACER Center in collaboration with the National Collaboration on Workforce Development for Youth, this brief explores the importance of making informed decisions about diploma options, understanding the consequences of graduating with different types of diplomas as well as the need for youth, families, and Individual Education Program (IEP) teams to consider these issues early.

Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionals (Issue 23, May 2009)

Prepared by PACER Center in collaboration with the National Collaboration on Workforce Development for Youth, this brief describes the systems’ service barriers faced by youth with mental health needs as they reach adulthood, while highlighting new models and strategies designed to break down those barriers and help them to transition successfully into the workplace.

Navigating Tunnels and Cliffs: Empowering Families and Caregivers to Assist Youth with Mental Health Needs in Preparing for Work (2008)

Prepared by PACER in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this short cut provides families, caregivers, and youth with mental health needs the information needed to prepare for a career including promising practices from the field and an action plan for success.

PACER Transition Resources

Access to Healthcare 2010pdf

Considering a guardianship: Is it something your son or daughter will need at 18?pdf document

Age of Majority: Preparing Your Child for Making Good Choices (2002) pdf

The Americans with Disabilities Act (articles) (1993-1997)

Awareness of Cultural Values Can Improve VR Services for Minorities (1997)

Building Program Capacity to Serve Youth with Disabilities (2005)

Client Assistance Programs (1995)

College or Training Programs: How to Decide

Disclosing a Disability in a Job Interview (1996)

Families and Natural Supports: The Engine for change, a newsletter article from Point of Departure, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1997)

The Family as a Critical Partner in the Achievement of a Successful Employment Outcome (2000)

Family Network is Important in Job Success of People with Disabilities (1996)

Family Roles in the Transition from School to Work (1999)

Friendship and Inclusion (1996)

Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities: What Families and Advocates Need to Know (May 2009 - Issue 22) pdf

pdf documentHelping Families Transition to the Future: Rehabilitation Service Administration Parent Information and Training Projects Outcome Data 2008-2009 (2010)

Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families (2012)pdf document, a resource developed by PACER for the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families (2011)

Investigating postsecondary options leads to later satisfaction (2006)

Housing (2007)

IDEA 1997 Transition Issues: The IEP for Transition Aged Students (2002) pdf

Interagency Collaboration and Transition (1997)

Mapping your Dreams Series (2005):

Measuring Transition Success: Focus on Youth & Family Participation (2006) pdf

Mentoring Encourages Young Adults (2003)

Natural Supports: Expanding the capacities of businesses, consultants and employees pdf

Navigating Tunnels and Cliffs: Empowering Families and Caregivers to Assist Youth with Mental Health Needs in Preparing for Work (2008)

Negotiating with your Vocational Rehabilitation counselor (1999)

Off to College: Tips for Parents of Students with Visual Impairments pdf

Off to College: Tips for Students with Visual Impairments pdf

The Olmstead Decision

Parent Centers and Centers for Independent Living (1998)

Parenting Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs (2002) pdf

Parents as job developers (1999)

Person Centered Planning (1999)

Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition (2004) pdf

Personal assistance services (1999)

Planning for transition: It's never too soon (2003)

Planning for postsecondary education (2005)

Post-School Outcomes Surveys: Coming Soon to a Student Near You! (2007) pdf

Postsecondary Education (1999)

Postsecondary Education: Preparation is a Necessary Ingredient for Success 2004

Preparation is key to gaining accommodations on ACT college entrance test pdf

Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front (2006) pdf

TATRA survey looks at ways OSERS-funded parent centers provide programming for youth with disabilitiespdf

The Role of Parents in Dropout Prevention: Strategies that Promote Graduation and School Achievement (2006) pdf

Self Determination (1999)

Social Networking Sites: Consider the benefits, concerns for your teenager.(2009)pdf
Excerpt from the PACER Fall 2009 Pacesetter

Solving the Employment Puzzle (2004)

Student Directed IEPs (2003)

Student-directed IEPs (1999)

Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionals (Issue 23, May 2009)

Summer Employment and the Value of Work-Based Learning (2003)

Supplementary Security Income (Part 1 of 3): A Bridge to Work (2003) pdf

Supplementary Security Income (Part 2 of 3): So you Have Decided to Apply (2003) pdf

Supplementary Security Income (Part 3 of 3): Your Right to Appeal (2003) pdf

Tapping into the Power of Families: How Families of Youth with Disabilities Can Assist in Job Search and Retention (2011)

TATRA Survey of Federally Funded Parent Centers (2009-2010) pdf

Ten tips that may help ease your child's transition to adulthood pdf

Tips for Teens: Use Your IEP Meetings to Learn How to Advocate for  Yourself

Transition Planning for Children with DisabilitiesFlash Video

This 30 minute video produced by PACER Center is a brief overview of the secondary transition planning process.

Transition to the Next Steps After High School (2002)

Transition to the Next Steps After High School Highlights (2002)

Understanding One's Disability Leads to Job Success (2003)

Universal Design for Learning and the Transition to a More Challenging Academic Curriculum: Making it in Middle School and Beyond (2005)

Using Resource Mapping as a Strategy to Improve Outcomes for Youth pdf

VR Research in Brief - A Partnership in Career Development for People with Disabilities: Collaboration Between Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Familiespdf (2011)

  • Scouting the Research Landscape
  • What Families Need to Know About Federal and State Options
  • Self- Determination
  • Recommendations for Practitioners
  • Resources

VR Reasearch in Brief - Centers for Youth with Disabilities, Parents, and Professionals Working in Transition and Employment Planning pdf (2011)

  • Rehabilitation Services Administration Parent Training
  • RSA-funded Parent Training: Program Outcome Data
  • Office of Special Education Programs Parent Centers

What does Health Have to Do with Transition? Everything! (2006) pdf

What do Parent Center Transition Specialists Need to Know?pdf

What is a Workforce Center? (2001)

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