Click on the link for an excellent article to read as young adults are preparing for postsecondary education: Misunderstandings about IEPs, 504s and College Accommodations
There are six skills that schools should be teaching to help prepare students for future employment, according to the National School Boards Association’s Commission to Close the Skills Gap. The skills are critical thinking, decision-making, customer focus, dependability and reliability, adaptability and trainability, and teamwork, according to the commission. For more information, please go to T.H.E. Journal.
ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee’s diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability.
To assist students who currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see the ACT Policy for Accommodations Documentation (PDF), which will guide you through the process of requesting test accommodations on the ACT test.
|Pathways Transition Training Partnership has launched five new 5-7 minute video briefs on key concepts and skills for working with transition-aged youth and young adults. Each video brief is accompanied by discussion questions and links to resources for further learning. The new video briefs focus on working with Native American youth, working with LGBTQ youth, supporting young people as they form adult relationships, collaborating with peer support providers, and supporting youth advocacy.|
LinkedIn recently analyzed hundreds of thousands of job postings in order to determine which skills companies need most in 2019. They found that employers are looking for workers with both soft skills and hard technical skills and matched these skills with LinkedIn Learning courses that are free for the month of January. Click on the link https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/04/the-30-most-in-demand-skills-in-2019-according-to-linkedin-.html to read the article and resources for your students.
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) is excited to announce the launch of Explore-Work.Com, a series of web-based modules for students with disabilities specific to the five required pre-employment transition service activities. Go Explore Work!
The Department of Labor announced $1.9 million in new investments to improve apprenticeship opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities in high-growth industries.
Secondary Transition 101: What You Need to Know if You Are a First Year Secondary Teacher, VR Counselor, or Want to Assess Your Transition Practices
This back-to-school webinar provided by NTACT focuses on what secondary transition teachers and VR counselors need to know in order to serve youth with disabilities in schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Basic information about IDEA, ADA, and how WIOA applies to providing transition services to youth with disabilities in high school. Session Outcomes: • Increase knowledge of transition requirements in IDEA • Increased awareness of quality transition planning practices and service delivery • Increased knowledge of other national laws as they relate to transition • Increased awareness of student-centered planning, family engagement, and cultural considerations
Presenter: Dr. Diane Bassett
Diane Bassett is a Professor Emerita at the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught, published, and held grants in the delivery of transition services for over 30 years.
Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) experience significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. The Arc reports that between one and three percent of Americans have ID. The majority of adults with ID are either unemployed or underemployed. This list of resources can help workforce professionals better understand this disability type and facilitate employment opportunities. Please visit Workforce GPS at disability.workforcegps.org for access to this valuable resource
The Ticket to Work program provides individuals with disabilities receiving disability benefits opportunities to return to work, stay employed and increase earnings. As a result, beneficiaries with disabilities may reduce their dependency on public benefits and become more economically self-sufficient. This page contains links to administer Ticket to Work through an Employment Network (EN) in the public workforce system. The benefits of an American Job Center (AJC) being an EN are two-fold. Please visit https://bit.ly/2Oz86gK for more information.