Career & Employment
Education is about the long-term goal of employment and self-sufficiency. However, in a 2015 Briefing Paper to Congress and the U.S. Department of Education, the National Council on Disability reported that “…only 32 percent of working-age people with disabilities are employed [but] those with a college education are more likely to be employed [and earn] a higher average wage than those without a college education”. For college students with intellectual disability the goal must remain employment and self-sufficiency, with the added caveat, through coursework and employment experiences driven by a student-identified career goal (Grigal & Hart, 2010). In this section, the reader will find Career Exploration and Employment resources, examples, and modules for program staff, faculty, students and their families. The five (5) subcategories by which this section is organized include Assessment, Career Exploration, Job Development, Employment Skills, and Internship and Paid Employment.
Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challenges
This assessment guide serves as a resource for multiple audiences within the workforce development system. Youth service professionals will find information on selecting career-related assessments, determining when to refer youth for additional assessment, and additional issues such as accommodations, legal issues, and ethical considerations.
Career One Stop: Career Exploration, Training, & Jobs
This page of the Career One Stop website provides guidance on ways to explore careers with categories about finding and keeping a job, self-assessments to figure out which job is right for you, occupation and industry information, as well as information on various skills and occupations.
Career One Stop: Resumes and Applications
This page of the Career One Stop website gives resume and cover letter advice, samples, and templates.
Let’s Get Everyone to Work Videos
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) has developed three employment and transition videos called Let’s Get Everyone to Work. Two 45-minute videos, the Resource Toolkit for Students and Families and the Teaching Toolkit for Pre-Service Professionals, discuss employment and independence strategies, high expectations, person-centered planning, and support networks for people with developmental disabilities.
This guide serves as a resource for multiple audiences within the workforce development system. Youth service professionals will find information on selecting career-related assessments, determining when to refer youth for additional assessment.
Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring
The creation of the Mentoring Guide is rooted in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) charge to find and promote the most effective research-based policies and practices to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities.
Developing a Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program to Support Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Replication Guide Based on Project Achieve at Florida State College at Jacksonville
This guide gives an overview of Project Achieve and framework for those interested in replicating a Suppot Postsecondary Career and Technical Program at a public state college or community college.
Employment First Florida is about helping people with disabilities get the information and supports they need to work in their community. There are many Floridians with disabilities who are working. We want to learn about these people and we want to share their success stories with other people in Florida and display then on our website.
This website gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to connect with employers in Northeast Florida. EmployMeFirst is the connecting point for companies and individuals seeking careers.