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Transition Tips for Employment #1: High Expectations

It is important that families and professionals have high expectations that youth with disabilities can be employed.

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March 2018 442 Preparing for Employment, High Expectations, Family Support Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #2: Make Work Experiences a Priority

Meaningful work experiences in high school can support youth to have better employment outcomes as adults.

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March 2018 228 Preparing for Employment, Family Support Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #3: Use Your Personal Networks

Families can use their networks of friends, neighbors, and others to help find employment opportunities for their youth.

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March 2018 168 Preparing for Employment, Family Support Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #4: Employers Want Good Employees

Being motivated and having a good attitude are important soft skills for youth with disabilities to learn.

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March 2018 201 Preparing for Employment, Family Support, Soft Skills Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #5: Learn What Supports Are Available

There are a variety of community and disability organizations that can help families and youth with disabilities to achieve their employment goals.

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March 2018 177 Preparing for Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

A #JobCreators Family Interview - The Perez Family

The Perez family explored self-employment as a way to create a meaningful future for their 11-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. In this video they describe their journey and the benefits that exploring self-employment has had for their now teenage daughter.

  • Topics: Employment, Entrepreneur, Family Support, Intellectual Disability, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 9 min
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January 2017 488 Employment, Entrepreneur, Family Support, Intellectual Disability, Preparing for Employment

Voices of Experience: Meet Danette Smith

Meet Danette Smith, a mother of a child with a disability and a Human Resources professional. Danette offers strategies for how young people can prepare themselves to meet the needs of employers. She highlights the importance of soft skills, making a good first impression, and being a “curious, passionate learner.”

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 3 min
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August 2016 411 Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment Voices of Experience

Danette Smith: Job Search and Interview Tips

Danette Smith discusses what employers look for in a resume, the importance of a cover letter, and ways youth with communication challenges can convey they skills and passion.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 4 min
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August 2016 262 Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment Voices of Experience

Work Early, Work Often: Employers of Young Adults with Disabilities

Part of a three-part series highlighting the importance of work and work-based experiences in an young person’s transition to adulthood, employers discuss how exposing young adults with disabilities to real work experiences can help to meet the needs of a business and improve their bottom line.

  • Part of the Work Early, Work Often Series
  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, High Expectations, Preparing for Employment, Supportive Adults
  • Duration: 3 min
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September 2015 1481 Career Development, Employment, High Expectations, Preparing for Employment, Supportive Adults Work Early, Work Often

Work Early, Work Often: Young Adults with Disabilities

Part of a three-part series highlighting the importance of work and work-based experiences in an young person’s transition to adulthood, a young professional with disabilities shares how her early work experiences helped lead to long-term success.

  • Part of the Work Early, Work Often Series
  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, Preparing for Employment, High Expectations, Perseverance, Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 3 min
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September 2015 1430 Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, Preparing for Employment, High Expectations, Perseverance, Self-Awareness Work Early, Work Often

Preparing Minnesota Students for Career and Postsecondary Opportunities

This 2015 webinar provides an overview of Minnesota’s new career-focused Personal Learning Plans, now required for all MN secondary students. Presenters from the Minnesota Department of Education introduce viewers to the eight required areas of a plan and provide information on how to coordinate these plans with the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and transition planning goals of special education students.

  • Topics: Transition Planning, Career Development, Preparing for Employment, Webinar
  • Duration: 53 min
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June 2015 189 Transition Planning, Career Development, Preparing for Employment, Webinar

Dao Xiong on Advice to Asian-American Parents

Dao Xiong shares advice for other Asian-American families who have youth with disabilities.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Community Supports, Family Support, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 5 min
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April 2015 164 Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Community Supports, Family Support, Preparing for Employment Voices of Experience

Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?

Transitioning to adulthood takes planning for youth with disabilities. Young adults interviewed in Tennessee and Kentucky share a little about where they are in the transition process and steps they’re taking to make their dreams come true.

  • Topics: Career Development, Transition Planning, Preparing for Employment, Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 3 min
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October 2012 2196 Career Development, Transition Planning, Preparing for Employment, Self-Awareness

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Jack’s Jobs

This video produced by Minnesota high school students mixes an informational interview on vocational rehabilitation with comic relief provided by the high school’s mascot, the Lumber Jack. Several students showcase how Vocational Rehabilitation Services helped them with college and careers after high school.

  • Topics: Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 5 min
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December 2010 2628 Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment

Workforce Centers: The Work Force Is With You!

High school students interview and explore the services available to them at their local Workforce Center.

  • Topics: American Job Centers (Workforce Centers), Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 7 min
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December 2010 945 American Job Centers (Workforce Centers), Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment