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ABLE Coordinator- Teacher for a community based program 18-21

Community work based learning- I have found that observing students in natural environments doing work provides 2 benefits. 1) I can learn more about the student's skills, strengths, interactions, independence, preferences for work, and acceptance by community and 2) I can obtain pictures of the students doing actual work (showing experience) that I can then use when approaching future employers.

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ABLE Coordinator- Teacher for a community based program 18-21

Close connections with Vocational Rehabilitation. This allows me to easily move from unpaid work trials into paid work opportunities for my students. I establish conversations and familiarity with our transition counselor through weekly meetings with myself and my students in my classroom. I obtain applications and records to promoted eligibility determination long before I am ready for students to access VR funded ...more »

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Career Assessments for Youth

Engaging youth and adults into completing career assessments which break down all areas of likes and dislikes (i.e. type of light, odors, environment, etc.) the individual would like or not like to work in, will assist with the discovery process. To have youth participate in job shadows in order to view the ins and outs of the "ideal" job will assist with career understanding.

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Communication

There are those individuals with hearing and speech disabilities that have a hard time communicating especially in stressful situations. Dysfluency issues arise in the initial phone /face to face interviews, communicating with clients, etc. which make employers very hesitant to even give the person a chance. Well qualified people with all the requirements (BS degrees, Certifications, etc.) are not able to find decent ...more »

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Outside the box

Talking with employers about possibility of working together without much specificity gives the employer opportunities unity to come up with ideas. Too often IMHO professionals try to pigeonhole a Dooley rather than start broadly and let the employer take the lead in developing I get jobs.

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Voice Recognition Software

As a grad student, starting 16 years after my 15th and final brain AVM stroke and 14-hour craniotomy, I begin to use voice recognition software for studying and composing. At that time, I was reengaging in graduate school. My final stroke took place in 1987 when I was near the end of my sophomore year of high school. After I avoided death, I was happy to be alive. I knew that I was the same person; only, something had ...more »

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parent of adult with HFA with extreme anxiety

The state Vocational Rehab agency expects that my son would go through the normal process of getting a job. Due to severe anxiety, he would have to be introduced to job slowly and then be hired after the anxiety dissipated (6 weeks) and he could then be "hired" or chose not to continue if job was not correct.

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Work with local employers

IDEA: If there is an employer in your area looking for a certain skill set, work with local schools or rehab agencies to teach job-seekers the specific skills needed for employment with that particular employer.

BARRIER: Many of my clients do not want to go back to school. They feel they are done with school and should be working.

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