Youth in transition
Incorporating benefits planning into your transition work with youth begins with an expectation of meaningful employment. In fact, the number one predictor of whether a child with a disability will work as an adult is having parents or guardians who expect employment.
You can begin speaking to youth and their parents or guardians about work and benefits at nearly any age. Coordinated planning between everyone who supports the youth — including other agencies or providers both at school and in the community — should begin in earnest at least two years before the youth will graduate.
Of course, the better you understand the issues and myths facing youth in transition, the better you can deliver the message about work and benefits and help the youth plan for work.
Tip sheet: School and work estimator | Disability Benefits 101
The Job Center: Learning about work | YouthHood.org
Work, benefits, youth: Sample curriculum | Disability Benefits 101
Resources to share with parents and guardians
Benefits for young people: The basics | Disability Benefits 101
Parent focus: Turning 18 | Disability Benefits 101
Parent focus: Work is possible | Disability Benefits 101
Parent focus: Four ways benefits support work | Disability Benefits 101
What parents can do to support future employment | Disability Benefits 101