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ERIC Number: ED475507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting Employers, Schools, and Youth through Intermediaries. Issue Brief.
Mooney, Marianne; Crane, Kelli
Partnerships between education and business have proven to be an effective means for preparing young people with disabilities for positive postschool outcomes. Employers, however, are often inundated by requests to participate, causing confusion and ultimately hampering relationships between the two parties. This issue brief discusses how intermediaries can coordinate the connection between schools and employers. It begins by discussing the importance of work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities if they are to develop the knowledge and skills that enable them to be fully enfranchised within the workforce, and the role of third-party brokers in building constructive collaboration among employers, educators, and youth development program personnel, so that young people with disabilities can have these opportunities. An intermediary is described as a staffed organization that connects schools and other youth-preparation organizations with workplaces and community resources. The benefits of intermediary organizations are discussed, including their ability to provide employers with both specific information about youth with disabilities and information about strategies that will help them address training or supervisory issues. A chart lists the functions of intermediaries, including how they can help employers, educators, youth with disabilities, and the community. (CR)
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-624-2097; Fax: 612-624-9344; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Minneapolis, MN.