Employment practices in a transition program for students with intellectual disability
The purpose of this chapter is to share how the University Participant (UP) program at Western Carolina University (WCU), designed to support individuals with IDD in their college and work experiences, has helped improve employment out- comes since the program began in 2007. is chapter is directed toward university personnel, program administrators, policy makers, educators, case managers, service providers, and vocational professionals who work directly with or wish to implement an on-campus PSE program for young adults with IDD. is chapter serves as a practical “how-to” guide for implementing employment practices in a postsecond- ary setting based on lessons learned while coordinating the program over the past 5 years. More specifically, it will (a) provide a national history of PSE program structures and employment; (b) give a brief overview of the UP program, relating specifically to employment and natural supports; (c) explain strategies for networking with community agencies and competitive employment opportunities; (d) share promising employment practices based on rsthand experiences; (e) give various lessons learned in coordinating employment within a PSE setting; and (f ) provide helpful forms and templates used with the UP program to coordinate independence within a PSE program and work internships.
Kelley, K. R., & Coco, C. M. (2013). Employment practices in a transition program for students with intellectual disability. In McLane, K. (Ed.), Way Leads On to Way: Paths to Employment for People with Intellectual Disability. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.