According to the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD)
Guideposts for Success, “Little or no expectation of success, low educational attainment, few
vocational goals, and confusing government programs with conflicting eligibility criteria have
resulted in many youths with disabilities not making a successful transition from school to
post-secondary education, employment, and independent living.”
These youth are also three times more likely to become adults living in poverty than their peers without a disability. The burden of navigating these educational, employment, and governmental barriers often falls upon the parent/caregiver in addition to their responsibilities of fiscal and physical care.
For those living with a disability, the unemployment rate is disproportionately higher than the typical population. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in June 2017, the unemployment rate for the civilian non-institutional population with a disability was 10.5 percent in 2016, about twice that of those with no disability (4.6 percent).
However, research has shown through practice and data that work-based learning experiences, especially when connected to curriculum content, student-centered individualized education programs that drive instruction, family involvement in and support of education and career development activities, and linkages to individually determined support services lead to the education and employment success of all youth, including youth with disabilities.
The NCWD has established 5 Guideposts for youth with disabilities to transition successfully to adulthood and Arise DE, through the LYF Skills program, is uniquely positioned to provide support for each of the 5 steps.
We are currently developing programming to:
- Help individuals with disabilities identify their key strengths and become aware of career and continuing education opportunities
- Provide soft skills development to support transition and career planning
- Support life skills development to encourage increased independence and financial education
- Provide parent/caregiver and sibling support through additional seminars, support groups, and workshops which will include long term planning tools