Career Planning Materials
- Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages to find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training. Subscription required.
- Career Solutions Publishing Group develops classroom materials that focus on workplace ethics, work readiness, integration of academics and careers, and personal money management. Includes free lesson plans as well as paid ones.
The Career Key is organized according to the three basic principles of good decision making:
- Know yourself--your strengths, values personality and skills.
- Know your options. Think of as many alternative as you can
- Make good decisions.
- Comprehensive career assessment that measures aptitude and interest to inform career and education planning process. Assessments are offered through the Vocational Research Institute. Subscription required.
- Project Discovery is a research-based and peer-reviewed curriculum validated and approved by the US Department of Education. Involves extensive hands-on curricula that correlates to state standards. Multiple functional levels and reading levels are accommodated, and materials are provided in full electronically and in hard copy. Student progress can be measured by work performance benchmarks.
- Inside Jobs is a free, user-friendly website where students can explore a wide range of career opportunities and learn the paths that can get them there. Jobs are divided conveniently into career families and users can also connect with regional postsecondary programs. Use to explore jobs student may already be interested in, or in conjunction with a career assessment.
- The Guide was developed to serve as a resource for organizations working with youth on career exploration and employment options, and policymakers who support youth programs through policy and practice. The Guide shows how entrepreneurship education can be implemented in programs and offers suggestions on how to introduce self-employment as an option for all youth, including youth with disabilities.
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook (10-11) is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.
- Creating a Path to Employment
- Essential Skills to Getting a Job
- Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce
- This module provides information about person-centered planning (PCP) and the role it can play in transition planning. First, you will learn about why person-centered planning was developed. Next, PCP will be defined and the major features of all PCP methods will be described. Third, steps to implementing a PCP will be described. Finally, PCP applied to transition planning will be presented.
- Career Resources Toolkit for Job-Seekers contains career development resources -- on every major job-search and career topic -- to help job-seekers find a better job or career in the Career Resources Toolkit.
Transition Planning for Students with Severe Disabilities
The following documents pertain to transition planning for students with severe disabilities:
- Transition Planning & Students with Severe Disabilities (PDF)
- Examples & non-examples: Students with Severe Disabilities
- This document includes sample activities/strategies in the following transition areas: Instruction, Community Experience, Employment, Related Services, Post-school and Adult Living Skills, Acquisition of Daily Living Skills, and Functional Vocational Evaluation. It has been adapted from Helping Educators, Parents and Other Stakeholders Understand: Post-school Outcomes, Course of Study and Coordinated Set of Activities by Ed O'Leary and Wendy Collison, 2002.
Washington Career Bridge
- Online career resource with Washington-specific employment information and education resources. Available online with an interactive quiz, demand-decline list, apprenticeships, disability resources, and more. Created by Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.
- Where Are You Going? Guide is a paper and pencil version of online resource. Can be ordered free of charge.