What Are Pre-Employment Skills and How Does My Child Get Them?
These one stop partners can provide services during the academic year as well as during the summer. Look for summer programs that offer the opportunity for your child to work on soft employment skills such as punctuality, self-maintenance skills, financial literacy, travel training, and financial literacy. Ask if these programs offer internship possibilities and whether or not the internships are paid. Participation in programs such as these significantly increases the likelihood that a youth with disabilities will be employed and can lead to higher hourly compensation.
20 U.S.C. § 1400 et. seq. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997
Federal Register Vol. 81. No 161. Part V. Pages 55791-56470. Department of Labor (20 CFR Parts 676, 677, and 678). Department of Education (34 CFR Part 361 and 463). August 19, 2016.
The Workforce Innovations Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). H.R. 803, 113th Cong. (2014).
Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W. is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and is the Director of the Threshold Program which is a post-secondary transition program for students with a variety of disabilities. www.lesley.edu/threshold
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