Innovative Employment Support Models

Authored by: Wendy Parent-Johnson

Handbook of Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415872782
eBook ISBN: 9780203837320
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869761


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Lucy is 21 and excited about leaving school this year. Both she and her parents are interested in Lucy going to work once she completes her school year. In preparation for Lucy’s life after school, her transition coordinator scheduled a meeting with Lucy, her mother, case manager, rehabilitation counselor, teacher, and paraprofessional to make the final arrangements. As soon as the meeting began, the case manager stated that there was a waiting list for developmental disability services so there were no options available to her. Immediately everyone around the table talked about budget cuts, the poor economy, and the dismal prospects for employment in the community. The meeting ended with no provisions or plan for Lucy’s post-school outcome. The team talked about her completing the school year and staying home with her mother until another opportunity for services became available.

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