special needs teen jobEmployment is a crucial aspect of a young person’s journey towards adulthood. Families of teens, including teens with disabilities, play a vital role in helping youth explore careers that match their strengths and interests.

To help prepare your teen to be an effective employee, find opportunities to build the following skills at home: 

  • Communication skills: read with understanding; convey ideas in writing; speak so others can understand; listen actively; observe critically
  • Interpersonal skills: guide others; resolve conflict and negotiate; advocate and influence; cooperate
  • Decision making: use math to solve problems and communicate; make decisions; plan
  • Lifelong learning skills: take responsibility for learning; reflect and evaluate; learn through research; use technology

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Adapted from The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.