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What Could Be: Employment Possibilities

  • Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I’ve just learned about a new program through the WI BPDD: Let’s Get to Work. This program presents its goals as being:

  • Earlier connection to vocational rehabilitation
  • Early work experiences while still in high school (paid and unpaid)
  • Better transition training for teachers
  • No entry for youth straight into segregated work settings
  • Access to transportation to get to work
  • Person centered planning to identify interests, strengths, skills
  • Engage the broader community and decision makers in discussions of youth employment
  • Access to general education core/academic classes and extra-curricular activities as they relate to the students’ interests and career goals
  • Connect students and their families to information on post-secondary and career options, work incentive benefits counseling, and community activities, starting no later than age 15.

It’s only at the pilot stage. But it’s promising, so promising… But it’s not the transition environment my family must navigate.