PREPARING for WORK as an ADULT!
Youth with all types of disabilities and their families should envision a future that includes fulfilling paid competitive employment. Several research studies have proven youth who have involved families are more likely to experience better transition outcomes. Families can be involved by utilizing knowledge of their child to find work experiences and paid work opportunities.
*High expectations* continue to be important throughout the transition planning process. Maintaining high expectations should be held when creating a vision and goals for the future -- including positive employment experiences!
It is not easy for some parents to embrace the idea of meaningful employment as a long-term goal for their youth but ALL youth have the ability to learn and work in some capacity.
ALL youth need help to prepare for working and learning. Parents play a key role in this preparation! :)