Exploring school-employer partnerships to expand career development and early work experiences for youth with disabilities

Erik W. Carter, Audrey A. Trainor, Orhan Cakiroglu, Odessa Cole, Beth Swedeen, Nicole Ditchman, Laura Owens

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Abstract

Although career development and early work experiences are associated with improved postschool employment outcomes for youth with disabilities, transition personnel report having few natural community partners to support and enhance these experiences. We surveyed 135 chambers of commerce and other employer networks to examine (a) whether and how these networks have partnered previously with local high schools on 18 youth-focused career development activities, (b) the extent to which they would consider such involvement to be feasible, and (c) the influence of disability status of youth on their responses. Although respondents considered a number of youth-focused support activities to be feasible, most chambers had limited previous involvement and their views and experiences were clearly influenced by the disability status of youth. Recommendations for expanding the involvement of employer networks in supporting the career development and early work experiences of youth are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-159
Number of pages15
JournalCareer Development for Exceptional Individuals
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Career development
  • Employment
  • School-to-work
  • Transition
  • Vocational education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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