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Self-Determination: A Fundamental Ingredient of Employment Support

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Persons with disabilities should direct their own job searches, from determining their interests and goals to researching employment opportunities to starting a new job. Doing so increases their sense of empowerment and can contribute to their employment success. Employment professionals have a facilitating role to play in the process. Job seeker self-determination practices should drive employment services' coordination, funding, and implementation.

Teaching Networking Skills: Paving a Way to Jobs and Careers (Teaching manual)

This curriculum is for trainers working with individuals with limited work experience; its goal is to help those job seekers to become engaged in career and job exploration through Networking. It is designed for professionals working with school-to-work transition-age youth, however it has broad applicability to others with limited work experience. This curriculum give students opportunities to practice and put into use networking skills such as: identifying their own network, approaching people, talking about their skills and interests, learning about what employers look for, exploring careers and job options, and exhibiting good business etiquette. Activities vary to accommodate diverse learning styles, and trainers can select lessons that fit the needs of their groups.

Four Strategies to Find a Good Job: Advice from Job Seekers with Disabilities

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An ICI study with job seekers revealed four strategies that can make it easier to find a job.

Show Me the Money: Flexible Funding for Job Success

This web publication shares success stories and suggestions to help people with disabilities use flexible funding to find and keep the jobs they want.

Starting with Me: A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers

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A person-centered approach can help individuals with disabilities make satisfying job choices. This brief guides job seekers through a three-stage career development process that includes assessing their interests, researching the job market, and marketing themselves to potential employers.

The Extent of Consumer-Directed Funding by MR/DD State Agencies in Day and Employment Services

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Individual control over service delivery and life choices is well established as a value in supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. One strategy for expanding choice is mechanisms that allow consumers to direct their funding. This brief reports on the prevalence of these options in state MR/DD agencies for 1999.

Stories of Success: Using Networking and Mentoring Relationships in Career Planning for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

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This brief gives examples of how students and families have successfully used networking and mentoring to learn about jobs and find employment, and gives students tools to build and use their personal networks throughout the career planning process.

Self-Determination and Struggle in the Lives of Adolescents

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As students of all ability levels move into adulthood, they seek to define themselves and develop goals for the future. This study identifies four categories of students and offering targeted suggestions for support.

Redes de Contactos: Una Herramienta Eficaz Para Quienes Buscan Empleo

Buscar trabajo es difícil. En promedio se necesita hacer entre 10 y 20 llamadas para conseguir una entrevista y entre 7 y 10 entrevistas para conseguir un empleo. La formación y utilización de redes de contactos ayuda enormemente a acelerar este proceso.

Evaluating Your Agency and Its Services: A Checklist for Job Seekers with Disabilities

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It is important to evaluate employment services and decide if you are getting the results that you are looking for. You should have high expectations! If you are currently using an agency for help with employment, this checklist can help you make sure you are getting what you need.

Networking: A Consumer Guide to an Effective Job Search

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Based on an ICI training workshop, this brief teaches job seekers with disabilities how to become more proactive in their job search.

People with Disabilities: Having a Voice in the Creation of the New Workforce Investment System

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This publication informs people with disabilities and advocates about the opportunities available for input into WIA implementation at the state and local level.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities