Being the Future by Being Employed: One School District at a Time

Students with disabilities are not receiving necessary supports in the school system to transition into the world of work. As family members of children with developmental disabilities, we propose that as early as age 12, students with disabilities are presented with employment options and have transition goals and techniques included in their IEPs. Participants will gain examples of young people with disabilities in integrated employment.

Participants will see advocacy from family members and know that they will fight so that their children will be the future.

Participants will learn how new technology is opening the doors to more broader employment options.

Participants will realize that though challenges may have stopped this type of forward-thinking in the past, a belief in our children’s capabilities will result in greater outcomes.

Participants will learn transition outcomes for students with disabilities should not be determined by a judgement from merely looking at a disability. Disability does not determine future goals.