After High School students may move on to a college, technical school, career training program, transition program, or directly into a job. Each of these avenues presents unique ways for students to find careers that match their skills and interests.
Most colleges, technical schools, and career training programs provide on-campus career counseling services that will help to place students in internships or part/full-time work within their area of training.
Transition programs like the AVC Evolution Program allow students to attend job-sampling worksites where they can experience different types of work settings. In some cases a job coach may facilitate the process as the student adjusts to a new work setting. The goal of these programs is to eventually find a permanent job placement for each student.
The Workforce Career Center is a federal and state-funded service that connects employers and job seekers in the state of Massachusetts.
With three regional locations in Worcester, Milford, and Southbridge, the Workforce Career Center is able to provide a range of free services to job seekers from around the state:
Individuals with disabilities who are exploring new jobs are encouraged to seek out natural supports within their work environment.
"Natural workplace supports include such examples as using co-workers as job trainers for the supported employee, promoting mentoring relationships between the supported employee and others in the environment, and using the environmental cues as a means of sustaining new behaviors by the supported employee."
Fabian, E.S., & Leucking, R.G. (1991) -- Doing it the company way: Using internalcompany supports in the workplace.
The natural supports model of job placement encourages individuals with disabilities to practice self-determination and self-advocacy skills as they seek out careers that are truly rewarding and meaningful.
More more information about natural supports and other adaptive work strategies, visit: Work Without Limits (MA)
The support agencies featured on this site provide a range of job training and job matching services. For more information, review the agency descriptions: Support Agencies