Making the shift from high school to the work force can be difficult, especially for individuals with learning disabilities. At Transitions in Albany, New Yorkwe offer support programs and camps tailored to the specific needs of these young people, including services to assist in identifying jobs for people with learning disabilities. But even if your child does not attend a Transitions program, there are still ways you can help him or her in the transition from high school to the workforce.
Jobs for People with Learning Disabilities: How to Support Your Child
Just as your child needed extra help in school, he or she will likely need additional support in planning for the future. Helping your child with a learning disability prepare for and navigate enteringthe workforcewill be essential to his or her success.
- Explore and build interests – ask your child about his or her interests and goals for the future regarding jobs and/or career paths. Discuss the various possibilities and talk about his or her strengths and weaknesses.
- Create a transition plan – a transition plan is a strategy to help your child with a learning disability move from high school to adult life. Transition plans typically include realistic goals and the steps he or she will take to get there.
- Build work skills – there are endless opportunities to provide your teen the chance to build work skills. This can be as simple as having him or her complete certain tasks and chores around the house, such as yard work or walking the dog. You could also encourage your child to market his or her services to the neighbors, or get a part time job. Having a consistent responsibility can teach time management and accountability, bothessential to success in jobs for people with learning disabilities.
- Explore internship opportunities – through internships, individuals with learning difficulties can explore career options, gain workplace experience, and potentially network for their desired field of choice.
- Consider a job coach – a job coach can help your child with learning disabilities not only find and obtain a job, but also continue to be successful at work. Job coaches have various titles including employment specialist, job developer, employment consultant, or job developer.
- Talk about self-advocacy – it is important for youth with learning disabilities to understand that once they graduate high school, they are no longer entitled to the same supports they had throughout their K-12 education. Youth with disabilities entering the workforce will be responsible for making their needs known and advocating for the necessary accommodations.
To find out more about how the programs offered at Transitions can help young adults successfully transition into the workforce, contact us at (518) 775-5384.