Getting To Work

Road Map to Employment

How do you help young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) find work they are well suited for and find satisfying? There is not a one-size-fits all answer to this question. Every young person is unique and requires different supports.

However, some important steps can make a huge impact in the number of young people with IDD successfully employed.

Select a topic below to gain access to valuable information, resources, and training in order to prepare and support young people in competitive employment.

Raising Expectations

Communicate high expectations from an early age. Every young person with a disability in Tennessee should hear the message they have something of value to contribute to the workplace

Transition Planning

Develop a thoughtful, person-centered transition plan to identify work opportunities that match a young person’s interests, strengths, and goals

Finding Jobs

Find and connect students to community work experiences

Teaching Skills

Teach work-related skills, behaviors, and attitudes that will contribute to the success of young people in the workplace

Supporting Success

Draw upon natural supports and resources in the workplace and community to help young people with disabilities in the workplace

Work Incentives

Understand available work incentives that encourage young people with disabilities to pursue employment

Effective Programs

Design a transition program that reflects best practices and equips students for future employment

Navigating Systems

Enhance knowledge of systems, organizations, and supports in Tennessee that can help young people with disabilities with competitive employment

Changing Communities

Prepare your community so they value and support the contributions of young people with disabilities in the workplace

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