The Way to Work: How to Facilitate Work Experiences for Youth in Transition

Author: Richard G. Luecking; Foreword Authors: JD Hoye, David R. Johnson Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 248 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557668981
Price: $36.95

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Employment is one of the biggest contributors to quality of life for people with disabilities—and that means well-planned work experiences should be an integral part of transition preparation for every secondary and postsecondary school aged youth. Make that happen with this practical guide, developed to help educators, transition specialists, and employment specialists facilitate individualized, person-centered work experiences and jobs for high school students and young adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Readers will get the specific, ready-to-use guidance they need to

  • uncover students' strengths, needs, and interests through formal and informal assessments
  • recruit and retain employer partners who gladly host youth in their workplaces
  • help students decide when and how to disclose a disability to an employer
  • guide students in advocating effectively for accommodations on the job
  • support students and employers in making the most of work experiences
  • involve families in supporting the work experience
  • collaborate with other professionals to develop and sustain work experiences
  • and much more

To help with every step of facilitating meaningful employment, readers will get examples of model programs, stories that illustrate what works and doesn't work, more than a dozen photocopiable tools and forms, and end-of-chapter "Learning Labs" with reflection questions and thought-provoking activities.

Teachers and transition specialists will rely on this strategy-filled guidebook to connect students with the early work experiences they really want—and make lifelong career satisfaction the rule, not the exception, for people with disabilities.

Includes helpful tools & forms!

  • Positive Personal Profile
  • Work Experience/Job Search Plan
  • Inventory of Employer's Needs and Tasks
  • Work Experience Proposal Template
    • Youth Performance Feedback Form
    • Satisfaction Questionnaire for Employers
  • and more!


Review: Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
"Appealing to a broad range of stakeholders, The Way to Work arrives just in time to counter a bleak economic reality with optimistic guidance to foster employment among youth with disabilities."
Review by: Tony Silva, Instructional Specialist for Transition, Charles County Public Schools, La Plata, MD
"An outstanding progressive resource from an industry pioneer and respected practitioner."
Review by: Mark Donovan, Vice Chairman, Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities
"A comprehensive road map for transition professionals, this work provides a means to turn the theory of meaningful employment into practical reality."
Review by: Paul Wehman, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University
"Outstanding . . . easily the most practical how-to book available for transition specialists faced with how to help their students get and hold a job before school is over. [Will] have immediate application in schools across America."
Review by: Juliana Taymans, Professor of Special Education, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
"Engaging and insightful . . . a valuable resource for any employer or human services professional involved in school-to-work transition."
Review by: Erin Riehle, Director of Disability Services, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio
"Provides practical tools to ensure that all those involved in transition from here on out develop work-based learning experiences that lead to employment."
Review by: David W. Test, Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Full of excellent strategies and examples . . . will be a welcome addition to front-line practitioners who are looking for an easy-to-use resource for helping students with disabilities start a career, as well as teacher trainers who are teaching secondary transition methods courses."
Review by: Teresa Grossi, Indiana University
"Truly brings research to practice . . . with readily usable strategies, ideas, and examples that can be immediately applied."

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword: JD Hoye
Foreword: David R. Johnson


1: Work-Based Learning and Work Experiences as Indispensable Educational Tools

2: Setting the Stage for Quality Work Experiences

3: Planning for Work Experiences
Richard G. Luecking and George P. Tilson

4: Work Experience and Disability Disclosure
Richard G. Luecking, Christy Stuart, and LaVerne A. Buchanan

5: Supporting Families to Support Work Experience
Richard G. Luecking and Karen Leggett

6: Workplace Partners: Strategies for Finding and Recruiting Employers

7: Workplace Partners: Strategies for Retaining Effective Employer Participation

8: Supporting Youth in the Workplace
Richard G. Luecking and George P. Tilson

9: Workplace Mentors for Youth Workers
Richard G. Luecking and Meredith Gramlich

10: Connecting with Professional and Agency Partners to Foster and Sustain Work Success

11: The Pursuit of Quality Work-Based Learning


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