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Promoting the Effectiveness of Individualized Learning Plans: Improving Workforce Transitions for Students with Disabilities. 2009 Careers Conference Madison, WI 01-27-09. Jennifer Kemp U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

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2009 careers conference madison wi 01 27 09

Promoting the Effectiveness of Individualized Learning Plans: Improving Workforce Transitions for Students with Disabilities

2009 Careers Conference

Madison, WI

01-27-09


Presenter contact information

Jennifer Kemp

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

(202) 693-4937; [email protected]; www.dol.gov/odep

Sean Roy

PACER Center

(952) 838-1385; [email protected]; www.pacer.org

Presenter Contact Information


Session objectives

Session Objectives

  • Introduction to ODEP, NCWD/Youth and their partners

  • Understanding Individualized Learning Plans

  • Using the Guideposts for Success to structure effective ILP’s for students with disabilities

  • Gain strategies for family involvement during ILP process

  • Learn about ODEP’s current ILP research project


National collaborative on workforce and disability for youth

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

  • Strives to ensure that youth with disabilities are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings in order to maximize their opportunities for employment and independent living. www.ncwd-youth.info

  • Funded by U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).


National collaborative on workforce and disability for youth1

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Partners:

  • Institute on Educational Leadership (IEL)

  • National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC)

  • PACER Center

  • Univ. of Minnesota

  • Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison


The guideposts for success

The Guideposts for Success

  • School-Based Preparatory Experiences

  • Career Preparation & Work-based Learning

  • Youth Development & Leadership

  • Connecting Activities

  • Family Involvement & Supports


Individual learning plan

Individual Learning Plan

  • A strategic planning tool which assists students in course selections and provides opportunities for coordinated learning experiences, including career development and career exploration activities intended to help them identify and achieve postsecondary goals.


The ilp vs the iep

The ILP vs. The IEP

  • ILP’s are intended for use by all students while IEP’s (Individualized Education Program) are used for students with disabilities

  • The IEP is a legal document outlining specific activities and responsibilities so a student with a disability can receive an appropriate education

  • Both tools can be used to plan for transition

  • A student can have both an ILP and an IEP


Ilp research project

ILP Research Project

  • Review of 14 state policies

  • Identified four states (16 Schools) on technical assistance to improve ILP’s


Ilp research project1

ILP Research Project

  • To what extent do students with more robust and fully-implemented ILP’s:

    • demonstrate more engagement in career decision-making?

    • report more confidence in the career search process? and

    • report higher workforce readiness?


Using the ilp promising practices

Using the ILP: Promising Practices

  • Student led parent teacher conferences

  • Advisory periods


Family involvement in ilp process

Family Involvement in ILP Process

Common Barriers to Family Involvement:

  • Parents overwhelmed: Transition isn’t always on radar

  • Intimidated by process

  • Understanding of importance of planning (entitlement vs. eligibility)

  • Mistrust

  • Language barriers

  • Some parents will not be involved (but you can’t default to that)


Parent involvement

Parent Involvement

Studies show that children are more likely to succeed when parents are actively involved in their education.

  • they learn more

  • earn higher grades

  • they have better school attendance


Family involvement in ilp process1

Family Involvement in ILP Process

Strategies to Improve Family Involvement:

  • Communication is the key

  • Let them know they have a role to play

  • Parent information sessions, non-traditional meeting times and places, family friendly environments

  • Focus on the positive

  • What have you found that works?


Resources

Resources

US Dept. of Education Parent Resources

http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) http://www.dol.gov/odep/

Center on Education and Work (CEW)

http://www.cew.wisc.edu/

Institute on Community Integration (ICI)

http://ici.umn.edu/


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