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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.

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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.

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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.

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Career One Stop: Resumes and Applications

This page of the Career One Stop website gives resume and cover letter advice, samples, and templates.

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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.

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NCWD/Youth

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.

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My Skills My Future  

This Guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) specifically to address the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.

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Appropriate Interview Skills

The goal of this module is to help students be informed about necessary steps to take before, during, and after an interview. To identify key resources and strategies for interviewing, impressing employers, and securing a job.

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Off-Campus Learning Agreement 

Internship agreement outlining obligcations of the Intern, Internship Site, and the Reach Program

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Guideposts for Employers Success

The Guideposts for Employer Success are organized with the explicit purpose of helping workforce development policy makers and program providers reduce identified barriers.

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Effective Job Development 

During this interactive session Dr. Simonsen will discuss the essential attributes of successful job developers and highlight effective strategies for establishing and maintaining employment opportunities for youth.

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National Center on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) 

This link provides tools and resources for Workforce Development including tips for customized employment and the Universal Design for Workforce Development Toolkit.

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Americorps at OCT

AmeriCorps comes to The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition program at the University of North Florida. Learn first-hand the value of national service in the area of transition. 3rd Annual Hartwick Symposium proceedings.

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FSCJ program aims to launch those with intellectual disabilities into work world

This article highlights the aspirations of a former FSCJ student with an intellectual disability. Read about how programs such as V.E.R.T.I.C.A.L are changing lives.

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USFSP Student Grows with STINGRAY

News article about former Bull Buds president with an interest in Marine life.

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