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Career Planning

Begins with Assessment

Meeting the Needs of Youth and Young Adults

what this session will cover
What this session will cover:
  • The factors that contribute to career planning challenges faced by vulnerable youth and youth with disabilities
  • The experiences that support their transition to adulthood and the career planning process.
  • How assessment is used during transition to ensure quality career planning for youth.
what is career planning
What is Career Planning?
  • Career planning is a set of activities designed for youth to make informed choices about academic programs, training, and work.
  • To be successful, youth need access to a specific range of experiences that allow them to explore their interests and the many options available to them.
what is assessment
What is Assessment?
  • Assessment is “the process of collecting data for the purpose of making decisions.”
  • It is the part of career planning that closely examines the interests and abilities of each individual to establish a basis for identifying appropriate types of employment, training, and career development possibilities.
nine factors that often lead to transition challenges
Nine factors that often lead to transition challenges
  • Diagnosed disabilities
  • Hidden or undiagnosed disabilities
  • Chronic illness
  • Poverty
  • Immigrant status—culture and language
  • Teen parenthood
  • Involvement in the juvenile or adult justice system
  • Homelessness
  • Involvement in the foster care system
experiences supporting development and the career planning process the five guideposts
Experiences supporting development and the career planning process—The Five Guideposts
  • School-Based Preparatory Experiences
  • Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Youth Development & Youth Leadership Opportunities
  • Connecting Activities & Support Services
  • Family Involvement Activities
1 school based preparatory experiences
1. School-Based Preparatory Experiences
  • Standards and high expectations
  • Based on meaningful indicators of student learning and skills
  • Career and technical education options
  • Accommodations and adaptive technology for youth with disabilities
2 career preparation work based learning experiences
2.Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Secondary and postsecondary
  • In-school and community-based
  • Structured exposure in paid and unpaid work
  • Mentoring and Internships
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Collaborative support
3 youth development youth leadership opportunities
3. Youth Development & Youth Leadership Opportunities
  • Activities that allow youth to control and direct their own lives based on informed decisions
    • Self-advocacy
    • Conflict resolution
    • Personal leadership
    • Community Service
    • Mentoring
4 connecting activities support services
4. Connecting Activities & Support Services
  • Physical and mental health services
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring
  • Financial planning and management
  • Postsecondary supports
  • Assistive technology for youth with disabilities
5 family involvement and supports
5. Family Involvement and Supports
  • Access to community resources
  • Opportunities to be engaged in decision making
  • Opportunities to learn about legislation, disabilities, and career options
idea thirteen categories of disability
Autism

Deafness

Deaf-blindness

Hearing Impairment

Mental Retardation

Multiple Impairments

Orthopedic Impairment

Other Health Impairment

Serious Emotional Disturbance

Specific Leaning Disability

Speech or Language Impairment

Traumatic Brain Injury

Visual Impairment or Blindness

IDEA & Thirteen Categories of Disability
hidden disabilities
Hidden Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—

(ADHD)

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Mental Health or Emotional Problems
  • Mental Retardation
  • Chemical Health Issues
issues related to hidden disabilities
Issues Related to Hidden Disabilities
  • Disclosure
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Referrals to Consultants
  • Education and Training Programs
  • Judicial System and Treatment Programs
out of school youth with disabilities
Out of School Youth with Disabilities
  • Eligibility and access to services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Workforce Investment Act

-Youth Services

-Adult Services

meeting an individual s career planning assessment needs five goals
Meeting an Individual’s Career Planning Assessment Needs—Five Goals
  • Multiple Options
  • Self-Advocacy: Person Centered Planning
  • Bridging Academic and Career Needs
  • Access to Critical Information
  • Professional Adult Assistance
the four domains of assessment
The Four Domains of Assessment
  • Educational
  • Psychological
  • Vocational
  • Medical
formal testing instruments in assessment
Formal Testing Instruments in Assessment

Seven Areas of Testing and Performance Review

  • Academic Performance or Achievement
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Behavior, Social, and Emotional Issues
  • Vocational Interests
  • Job Aptitudes
  • Certification of Occupational Competencies
  • Physical and Functional Capacities
1 academic performance or achievement testing
1. Academic Performance or Achievement Testing

Purposes of Assessment in Academic Planning:

  • Determine eligibility for special services
  • Aid student placement and instruction
  • Support accountability efforts

The goal is to identify the academic skills,

learning styles, cognitive abilities,

and educational challenges of individual youth.

2 cognitive abilities testing
2. Cognitive Abilities Testing
  • Educational Domain
    • Intelligence Testing
  • Psychological Domain
    • Neuropsychological testing
    • Testing for learning disabilities
3 behavioral social and emotional issues
3. Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Issues
  • Their impact on youth
  • Behavioral testing and assessment
  • Mental health diagnostic testing
  • Chemical health diagnostic testing
vocational assessments
Vocational Assessments
  • Interest testing
  • Job aptitudes
  • Certification of occupational competency
  • Physical and functional capacities
4 vocational interests tests
4. Vocational Interests Tests
  • Lead to pragmatic academic and career planning
  • Can be purchased or found on line at many Web sites
  • Many government sites have forms of these tests
  • Should not be used to “screen out”
5 job aptitudes habits and skills
5. Job Aptitudes, Habits, and Skills
  • Wide variety of written or performance assessments
  • KSAs—knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Situational work assessments
  • Work sample testing
  • Analysis of work environments
7 physical and functional capacities vocational
7. Physical and Functional Capacities—Vocational
  • Work Capacities
    • Work Tolerance
    • Motor Skills and Manual Dexterity
    • Assistive Technology Assessments
    • Post-secondary and Workplace Accommodations
7 physical and functional capacities medical
7. Physical and Functional Capacities—Medical
  • Medical Diagnostic Testing
  • Speech/Language, Physical, and Occupational Therapies
  • Treatment
independent living skills assessments
Independent Living Skills Assessments
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Personal care
  • Recreation and leisure
  • Home maintenance
  • Communication skills
testing accommodations
Testing Accommodations
  • Reliability and Validity
  • Publisher Guidelines
  • Institutional Guidelines
  • Four Types of Accommodation
    • Presentation Format
    • Response Format
    • Setting
    • Timing
factors in choosing published tests and assessments
Factors in Choosing Published Tests and Assessments
  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Fairness
  • Cost
  • Time needed to administer and score
  • Qualifications of test administrator
  • Ease of use
  • Reporting format
career planning begins with assessment the guide
Career Planning Begins with Assessment—The Guide

Other Features:

  • Directory of Commonly-Used Published Tests
  • Building an Assessment Infrastructure
  • Ethical and Fair Assessment Practices
  • Confidentiality and Privacy Issues
  • Useful Forms and Exhibits
our web sites
Our Web Sites

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

www.ncwd-youth.info

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

www.ncset.org

types of products and resources
Types of Products and Resources
  • How to Guides
  • Information and Policy Briefs
  • Background Papers
  • Facts and Statistics
  • Hot Topics Syntheses
  • Funding Sources
  • Training Materials
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