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Parent Involvement Transition School to Work by eqi19624


									   Parent Involvement
Transition School to Work

   Preparing Your Child for
Why Focus on Employment?
Work-based learning during the school
years leads to better post-school
employment outcomes (Hughes, Moore, &
Bailey, 1999).
Volunteer experiences and unpaid
internships, in addition to paid
employment, can be steppingstones to
future employment.
   Recent studies demonstrate the
effectiveness of using personal networks
as a job search strategy (Timmons,
Hamner, & Boes, 2003), and highlight the
fact that families make key contributions to
successful employment outcomes for
individuals with disabilities (26th Institute
on Rehabilitation Issues, 2000).
      How can Parents Help?

   Combine community relationships, a
young person’s interests, and family or
personal networks to help a young person
effectively explore work-based learning
outside of school settings.

   Help your sons or daughters explore their
unique abilities, strengths, and interests—all
of which may lead to an appropriate career
Use practical strategies to prepare them
for employment by:
– assigning chores at home
– encouraging youth to volunteer in their
– keeping an eye open for employment
– discussing different careers in the community
– Teach youth to be self-advocates while
  searching for a good job.

– share your insight and information, with the
  IEP Team, which may serve as a basis to
  determine strategies and services for the
  transition IEP goals.
What are Self Determination Skills?
 Self-knowledge. Know skills, abilities,
 strengths, and limitations.
 Goal setting. Set appropriate goals and
 work toward them.
 Problem solving/decision making/choice
 making skills.
  Self advocacy. Speak up for oneself,
 know rights, understand health & disability.
 Why Teach Self Determination?
Ultimately, to be successful in the
workplace, youth must develop skills to
become as independent as possible.

Research supports the idea that youth who
leave high school with self-determination skills
have a greater chance of achieving positive
post-school outcomes than those who do not.
(Wehmeyer & Schwartz, 1997).
    How Can Parents Help?

   Parents can help their children develop
self-determination skills by creating a
supportive environment, which allows
youth to take risks, test their abilities and
limitations, develop their problem solving
skills, and practice positive work habits
and behaviors.
        Whose Future Is It?

  Although parents can do much to launch
their sons and daughters into the work force,
their children’s future is their own.
You can make a difference
through positive transition
  If you would like more information about
the transition process contact Jane
Winstead, Director of Transition Services,
Tennessee Department of Education,
Division of Special Education at:
Material adapted from a publication of the
National Center for Secondary Education and
Transition (NCSET):
Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front

The entire publication is available on the Web at:

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