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Transition and Employment First: Moving from “Can” to “How”

PRESENTER: Laura Owens


DESCRIPTION: Transition and Employment First go together like the proverbial peas and carrots. Employment First establishes the expectation that employment in the general workforce should be the preferred option and the primary post-secondary outcome for young adults with disabilities after high school. Illinois is one of 11 states with Employment First legislation-but what does that mean for transition practices? A focus of many Employment First initiatives is the role of educators and transition practices that support employment outcomes of students with disabilities. This presentation will focus on assessment, discovery strategies and job development practices that will enhance employment opportunities for youth with significant disabilities.


1. Learn how to identify individual student preferences.
2. Learn how to negotiate and educate the business community.
3. Develop raised expectations for the independence and community integration of students and young adults with disabilities.


SCHEDULE: 8:30 – 3:30

April 9: Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge, 1107 Jordan St., Mount Vernon, IL 62864

April 10: Crown Plaza , 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703

April 18: NIU Rockford, 8500 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108


Event Documents and Materials:

Deficits or Assets Document
Discovery Options Handout
Features to Benefits Form
Informational Interview Site Visit Notes
NTACTs Top Resources for Administrators
Positive Personal Profile
Resource Cool Careers
Taxonomy 2.0
Top 10 Transition Specialist Resources
Top Teacher Resources
Transition and Employment First Moving from Can to How 2018

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