Family Advocacy Training

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Parents, family members, and people close to youth, have a big impact on a child’s future success and image of themselves.  Family members and other supportive adults can also help identify opportunities and set expectations for what’s possible for a young person.

This training provides families with tools and strategies to advocate for their child’s future.  The goal is to empower and strengthen families to open doors for youth with disabilities.

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Module 1: Building a Positive Description

In this module you will create a positive description of your child, based on what he or she can do, and not on his or her disability.

Highlights:

  • Employment Planning for Families
  • Creating a Positive Description of a Child with Disabilities
  • Identifying Interests, Transferable Skills, and Ideal Conditions for Work


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Module 2: Overcoming Barriers to Employment

In this module, you will identify your child’s interests, skills and ideal conditions for employment so that you can support your child as he or she explores possible jobs and careers.

Highlights:

  • Overcoming Barriers to Employment
  • Education and Training
  • Overcoming Employer Concerns
  • Job Seeking and Job Supports
  • Overcoming Transportation Barriers


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Module 3: Putting It All Together

In this module you will learn how to use the information you gathered about your child to identify career clusters and begin career exploration.

Highlights:

  • Begin to Identify Potential Careers
  • Consider Potential Opportunities
  • Outline Next Steps