ERIC Number: EJ866340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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The Time to Begin Looking for Community Rehabilitation Programs Offering Vocational Services Is... Now!
Exceptional Parent, v39 n10 p40-41 Oct 2009
Parents and caregivers are often faced with the daunting task of assisting students with disabilities in selecting a work program to attend after graduation. Finding the right program to suit the unique needs of each individual can be trying and frustrating as parents and teachers attempt to prepare students for life after school by providing work experience programs, vocational evaluation and assessments, and job shadow opportunities. Educational staff do their best to prepare students for the working world, but often, upon graduation, students are overwhelmed and unprepared for what is in store for them. That is where Community Rehabilitation Programs can be helpful. Community Rehabilitation service providers are organizations designed specifically to assist individuals with disabilities in preparing for work and finding and maintaining jobs in their communities. Often, they are the links between employers in the community and individuals with disabilities seeking employment. A good Community Rehabilitation Program offering vocational services provides an all inclusive approach to the job seeker. When seeking a program for transitioning students, it is important to identify programs that strive to provide individualized services. Vocational services at The League for People with Disabilities in Baltimore, Maryland, is one such program that provides individual centered services. In this article, the author offers tips and ideas to keep in mind when looking for programs.
Descriptors: Work Experience Programs, Vocational Evaluation, Rehabilitation Programs, Graduation, Caregivers, Disabilities, Work Experience, Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Retardation
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