Family 1-Pager Guides

Are you looking for information on customized employment? Have you ever wondered about the differences between two or four year colleges?

The Family 1-Pagers provide excellent information that could be helpful during an IEP meeting as you consider goals for the student.  They can also support families’ understanding of critical topics such as job skills and post-secondary expectations.

Customized Employment:
Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. This family friendly 1-pager guide describes customized employment.

Entitlement vs Eligibility:
School-age students with a disability receiving special education services are ENTITLED to receive services to access a free appropriate public education as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, ELIGIBILITY for services and supports for youth once they exist school is determined thought the requirements of the agency outside the public school system. This family friendly 1-page guide describes the differences between entitlement and eligibility for services.

Exploring the Option of a Two or Four Year College:
When considering a two or four-year college, it is important for youth to self-advocate for needs and live as independently as possible. This family friendly 1-page guide describes considerations for discussions family members may have with you considering college options.

Financial Fundamentals: Discussion Starters:
This family friendly 1-page guide describes six topics to discuss with youth when discussing how you can managing their financial future.

The Importance of Employment: Why Work:
This family friendly 1-page guide provides family members with discussion topics to review with their youth specific to the importance of employment.

Job Skills: Getting Ready for Work:
Learning and practicing job skills while youth are still in schools helps youth with disabilities to be more successful at finding and maintaining employment. This family friendly 1-page guide describes skills for youth that lead to success in the workplace.

Promoting Independent Living While Still in School:
There are many aspects of independence for a young person with a disability and family members to consider. This family friendly 1-page guide addresses examples of activities in the school, home, and community that parents and family members can discuss with their youth.

Preparing for Employment:
When family members have high academic and employment expectations for their children with disabilities, the youth experience greater success in those critical areas. This family friendly 1-page guide addresses considerations for youth employability and the importance of work for youth with disabilities.

Understanding Self-Advocacy:
Self-advocacy means that a person understands her/his rights and responsibilities. This family friendly 1-page guide provides family members basic information to share with their youth about self-advocacy.