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Project Launch

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Parents can play an important role in providing postsecondary options and career guidance to youth with disabilities. Some of the ways in which parents help include serving as positive adult role models, assisting with creating clear expectations, and providing exposure to careers and occupations. In addition, parents and other family members provide contacts and networks for their daughters and sons to the community, and express positive values and attitudes toward higher learning and work. Discipline, concentration, and the willingness to take on new challenges can be shared and discussed as it relates to postsecondary and work environments. (Preparing for Employment, National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, 2016)

The following resources have been developed by staff from Project Launch along with staff from PACER Center’s transition team. These materials have been used during workshops and trainings as well as distributed individually to students, parents, and professionals accessing PACER websites. (;;

Project Launch is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) as per agreement, #H23F140021.