Career Development Strategies for Youth in Transition

The transition from youth to adulthood is challenging for almost every young person. This is particularly true for young people with disabilities. Yet, it is in those crucial transition-age years that a young person's future can be determined.

An extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices -- including lessons from youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs -- suggests that all youth need:

  • Access to high quality standards-based education regardless of the setting;
  • Information about career options and exposure to the world of work; including structured internships;
  • Opportunities to develop social, civic, and leadership skills;
  • Strong connections to caring adults;
  • Access to safe places to interact with their peers; and,
  • Support services and specific accommodations to allow them to become independent adults.

The Guideposts can help steer families, institutions and youth themselves through the transition processes.

Presenter: Curtis Richards, Director, Center for Workforce Development

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