ERIC Number: EJ781198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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High School Graduation--and Then What?
Exceptional Parent, v37 n10 p34-35 Oct 2007
Have parents ever thought about the future of their child with special needs? What happens after they graduate from or ages out of the school system? In this article, the author discusses employment. She feels the best time to start planning and preparing is while the child is still in junior high school. She offers some suggestions that may help parents plan their child's future: (1) Ask your child's school about career assessment; (2) Take advantage of the school's vocational programs; (3) Look for local volunteer opportunities; (4) Familiarize yourself with your state's services for people with disabilities; (5) Make sure that the high school collaborates with Vocational Rehabilitation; (6) Be involved with selecting the job placement agency that represents your job seeker; (7) Do not expect Voc Rehab or the job placement agency to find the perfect job; (8) Keep knocking on doors; and (9) Familiarize yourself with federal employment rights for those with disabilities.
Descriptors: Job Placement, Independent Living, Graduation, Disabilities, Parents, Vocational Rehabilitation, Special Needs Students, Autism, Volunteers, Futures (of Society), Employment, Parent Participation
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1972