A FUTURE THAT INCLUDES EMPLOYMENT: A Workshop for Families

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Families play a crucial role in the lives of youth and individuals with significant disabilities. They are often the first and most consistent influence a person with a disability will have. Families are responsible for supporting decisions and coordinating services and support, all while trying to cultivate and honor what their loved one wants for themself.

For many families, their youth’s transition to adulthood is an uncertain time. Where will they work? Where will they live? Will they have friends and be able to do things they enjoy? Families of youth with significant barriers to employment may not be able to envision employment in the community for their sons and daughters. They may get messages from professionals that sheltered work or day programs are the safest and only option. When this happens, you have families resistant to exploring competitive employment.

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