ERIC Number: ED369236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-4
An Individual Career Plan for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education.
This paper describes the use of the Individual Career Plan (ICP) with students having disabilities at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) at Amherst. The ICP is a career development tool that encourages self-determination. First, a summary of the barriers to career achievement for students with disabilities in higher education is presented. The key concept of self-determination is discussed as the focus of the theoretical framework of the ICP model. This model concentrates on involving students in the process of career planning activities that will facilitate the development of a career goal and the preparation necessary for achieving that goal. At UMASS, the ICP process is begun by the disability service provider but often involves case managers, academic advisors, career counselors, and faculty. The ICP may be used weekly, monthly, each semester, or annually. Using the ICP as a guide, the student learns to evaluate his/her skills, explore careers, and utilize experiential learning opportunities. An attached sample ICP encourages recording of information concerning: career goal, counselor information, history of academic major, counseling services utilized, career center activities participated in, work history, job-related skills, extra-curricular activities, volunteer activities, and accommodations needed. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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