Seattle Course # 29- “All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go”: Assisting Students to Transition from School to the World of Work

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Friday- March 9, 2018       8:00am-4:00pm

Course # 29- “All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go”: Assisting Students to Transition from School to the World of Work  by  Richard Pimentel, BS and Milt Wright, MA  

(updated 10/23/17: original speaker was Denise Bissonnette)

About the Speaker

Target Audience (who should attend) : General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Case Managers, Social Workers, School Counselors, Job Coaches, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals, ELL Teachers, Autism Specialists, Transition Specialists and other educators involved in transition from school to work

Target Age Range: 10th Grade through 21 years

Course Description:

In this fast-paced, highly interactive course, Mr. Pimentel will share his unique history and perspective as an early disability civil rights leader, job development and transitional employment program designer and international consultant to employers and educators on hiring and supervising persons with disabilities. Mr. Pimentel and Mr. Wright will review the “best practices” that are successfully being used by thousands of transition and employment specialists throughout the field. Delivered in the “train-the-trainer” style, they will discuss creative job search strategies, workplace evaluation for job placement opportunities, and innovative resources for career development.

 What You will Learn

Course Objectives – participants will be able to:

•  Demonstrate the ability to utilize reasonable accommodation requirements in the employment selection, interviewing, and supervision process as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended

•  Describe hiring and diversity goals for employers that are designed to create greater opportunities for students to transition from school to work

•  Demonstrate interactive exercises designed to reveal the negative impact employers’ attitudes, fears and assumptions about persons with disabilities can have on school to work transition opportunities

•  Describe 3 effective strategies to work with students to effectively partner with employers

•  Describe attributes and skills that successful employees with disabilities have in common, and how educators can assist in teaching and developing these skills and attitudes

•  Demonstrate exercises that teach self-esteem and self- advocacy to students in transition from school to work

•  Demonstrate simple techniques to create and promote common sense reasonable accommodations for students with emotional and behavioral challenges

•  Design an exercise for students to talk about their disability to an employer and engage in the “interactive communication process” when requesting a 

    reasonable accommodation on the job or in the evaluation-selection process

•  Translate educational accommodations into employment accommodations

•  Describe the five steps to accessing the hidden job market to increase the likelihood of students being hired

•  Describe the new roles of parental support for school-to-work transition and independent living success for their children

•  Demonstrate techniques to create and promote assets-based dialogue within the qualifying DSM disability

•  Describe effective strategies to promote principals of advocacy for accommodations into employment, and employment related impacts