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This chart summarizes the major steps and guidance provided in this publication with suggestions about when to start, and continue, the employment planning process. Of course, what you do and when will depend on your own circumstances. For each step, we have also included a reference to the page in this booklet where you can read more about what to do and why. To help keep on track, we recommend that you keep a copy of this chart in an accessible location.

IEP and future planning

When to start

Student takes increasingly active role in IEP meetings

Age 14 and on

Parent(s) and student separately prepare Vision Statement for IEP, including employment goals.

Age 14 and on

Transition Planning Form completed

Age 14 and on

Make sure courses taken match career interests and goals

Age 14 and on

Explore opportunities for a person-centered planning approach

Age 16 and on

Vocational activities at school

Explore opportunities to gain work-related experience

Age 14 and on

Learn about the "world of work": career fairs, career days, job shadowing, partnerships, job clubs

Age 14 and on

Identify career interests through formal assessments

Age 14 and on

Explore opportunities to have real work experiences

Age 16 and on

Vocational activities at home

Parents/guardians communicate expectations about a future with employment

Age 6 and on

Parents/guardians assign paid chores

Age 8 and on

Encourage increasing responsibility and independence

Age 12 and on

Promote and nurture hobbies and interests

Age 6 and on

Look for opportunities to learn about and work with money

Age 8 and up

Interact with community organizations

Age 8 and up

Chapter 688

When to start

Discuss 688 referral at IEP meeting; sign forms

2 years before student leaves school

Be sure school submits referral

2 years before student leaves school

Role of DDS

Once determined eligible, start working with assigned DDS Transition Coordinator (TC)

Age 18 until student leaves school

With help from DDS, investigate available employment service provider choices

Age 18 and on

With help from DDS, investigate impact of work on disability benefits

Age 18 and on

After leaving school

Begin working with DDS's assigned Service Coordinator (SC)

When student leaves school

Work with SC and others to develop Individualized Service Program (ISP)

Ongoing

Select employment service provider after investigating choices

As Needed

Continue person-centered career development planning process

Ongoing

Work with employment service provider, DDS (and MRC) for assessments and job placement

Ongoing

Work together with employment service provider, employer, family, SC to plan for transportation to and from work

As Needed

Work together with employment service provider, employer, family, SC to plan for needed accommodations on the job

As Needed

When job is part-time

Work with SC to decide on weekly mix of activities and programs

As Needed