Early work experiences during high school are among the most powerful predictors of post-school employment for youth with disabilities. This presentation will focus on findings from and lessons learned projects aimed at connecting youth with disabilities to paid, integrated work experiences during the school year, summer months, and after high school. An especially unique feature of these projects has been our efforts to engage broader communities in supporting early career and community experiences of youth with significant disabilities. Recommendations for schools, families, and communities interested in raising the post-school outcomes and aspirations of youth will be shared.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania