Employment Resources for Families
Great Expectations: This publication provides parents with information to help prepare their child for a productive and meaningful future in the work place. The emphasis is on setting high expectations for the parent, child and support systems at any early age. Topics include the impact of wages on benefits, skill building in the family home, the importance of real work experiences, information about post-secondary options, success stories and a list of helpful resource links.
Wages and Benefits: Many people are fearful that working in a real job and making at least minimum wage will impact their entitlements such as Social Security and /or Medicaid. The greatest concern is typically about the potential loss of health care coverage. This is a valid concern that has been recognized and addressed through specific state programs.
- Work and Benefits: Fears and Fixes
- Benefits Specialists: provide individualized counseling for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Their purpose is to support people in their transition to work by understanding the programs and safety nets that are available. http://www.ct.gov/connect-ability/cwp/view.asp?a=4472&q=526288
- MED-Connect (Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities): provides medical assistance to employed individuals with disabilities. Information on income levels, eligibility and application process can be found at www.ct.gov/MED.
- Ticket to Work Program: Social Security offers SSDI and SSI beneficiaries with disabilities the opportunity to explore work options or education while safeguarding healthcare and cash benefit choices through the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives. More information is available at: http://www.Chooseworkttw.net
- Social Security Red Book: A summary guide to employment supports for individuals with disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. http://www.ssa.gov/redbook/
Career Planning: Career Planning is an active ongoing process that includes a variety of activities to help an individual match their abilities, interests, values and personality with demands of the real world of work. This process includes activities designed to help outline an employment action plan and job goals. Career planning is a part of the comprehensive Individual Planning process.
- Connecticut DDS Career Plan and Guidelines
- 30 day Placement Plan: A Roadmap to Employment
- United States Department of Labor Guidance on Unpaid Community Based Assessment
- Starting with Me: A Guide to Person Centered Planning for Job Seekers
- Career and Individual Planning Resource Links
Soft Skill and Other Training Opportunities: (Soft skills are common sense, every day skills that are important in work and all aspects of life. Examples includes communication, listening, interpersonal skills, cooperation, decision making, courtesy etc.)
- Epic 2 Overview: On Line soft skill training curriculum that focuses on basic work readiness skills for young adults
- NCWD Info brief : Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families
Connect-ability An online resource to bring together Connecticut’s employers and people with disabilities. Information is geared towards job seekers, parents and educators, youth, and employers. Topics Range from career information, transportation resources, job seeking skills and supports etc.
Office of Disability Employment Policy Tool Kit: Collection of resources for individuals and families, providers, employers and policy makers.
School To Work Transition Planning
One of the primary goals of secondary transition is to help prepare students for careers and employment. Research shows that paid employment while a student is still ins the best way to prepare for a career path as an adult. The information and resources below may be helpful tools for working with school systems and other agencies to set goals and expectations for employment.
- DDS Transition Planning Fact Sheet
- School to Work Fact Sheet
- In the Meantime…for Students and Families
- Summer Employment Fact Sheet
- Transition Checklist for 18-21 year old Students
- Timeline for Planning: K-12
- Connect-ability Youth
- Think College: a web site that offers information about college as an option for high school students with intellectual disabilities.: www.thinkcollege.net
- Information on Post Secondary Options: Connecticut Transition Services in Colleges, Universities and Community Based Services. This handbook offers information on college opportunities in Connecticut for students with intellectual disabilities.
- Influence of Families on the Employment Process
- Building A Bridge
- Bureau of Rehabilitation Services: School to Work Transition
- Stipends or Wages Fact Sheet: Secondary Transition Work Experiences for Students
- National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability is a source for information about employment and youth with disabilities
- The Division on Career Development and Transition
- The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
- DDS/BRS/CSDE Employment Pilot Report 2013
- BRS Initiative with Links
- BRS Initiative Descriptions Hyperlinked
- Tri-State Transition Guide providing samples of IEP Goals and Objectives for Self Determination, Post-secondary Education & Training, Employment, and Independent Living (Community Participation)