ERIC Number: ED484254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
In Their Own Words: Employer Perspectives on Youth with Disabilities in the Workplace. Essential Tools.
Luecking, Richard, Ed.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota (NCSET)
Work experience for youth with disabilities is one of the most critical factors that sets the stage for their postsecondary employment success. Research and practice show that youth benefit from frequent and continuous exposure to real work environments throughout the secondary school years and beyond. These experiences, however, occur only when employers are available, willing, and prepared. Indeed, employers have operational and economic stakes in the success of programs that connect them with youth with disabilities. Employers must consider both the costs and the benefits associated with having youth with disabilities in their workplaces. Thus, it is essential for educators, transition specialists, workforce development professionals, family members, and youth to understand employers' needs, circumstances, and perspectives as they establish work experiences. This publication features the experiences of employers in their own words. Employers write about how they became involved in providing work experiences for youth with disabilities, what made it work, and what they recommend to individuals and organizations representing youth. These perspectives can provide guidance to those with an interest in ensuring that youth with disabilities obtain access to a range of work-based experiences.
Descriptors: Employer Attitudes, Secondary Education, High School Students, Disabilities, Work Experience, Experiential Learning, Youth Programs, Job Skills
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Minneapolis, MN.