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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND. Thinking Outside the (pizza) Box. Instructions: Think about your first job……….. Make a pizza box You have 45 seconds Get Ready, Get Set, Go……. Time Flies When You’re Having Fun………. Travis Gets the Job Done. Just in case you blinked. Purpose of Activity.

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thinking outside the pizza box
Thinking Outside the (pizza) Box


  • Think about your first job………..
  • Make a pizza box
  • You have 45 seconds
  • Get Ready, Get Set, Go…….
purpose of activity
Purpose of Activity

Even the simplest of jobs requires

  • Intelligence
  • Skill
  • Training
hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense
Hiring People with Disabilities Makes Good Business Sense
  • Currently, almost one in every five Americans has a disability (nearly 50 million people)
  • About 3 million of those live in Florida
  • Today’s unemployment rate for persons with disabilities is 65%
  • This lack of labor force participation is costing our nation’s economy $200 billion annually
in florida 72 of companies who hire people with disabilities reported these favorable outcomes
In Florida 72% of companies who hire people with disabilities reported these favorable outcomes:
  • Above-average attendance records
  • Excellent job performance
  • Strong company loyalty.
  • The cost of accommodating a person with a disability is typically less than $500.
for more information
For More Information……..
  • National Longitudinal Transition Study
  • Visit these sites

overview of manatee county s on the job training programs

Career Placement

Career Experience

Career Prep

Specialized Programs

Overview of Manatee County’sOn-the-Job Training Programs

Manatee Counties OJT Program is based on a continuum of services………

career preparation
Career Preparation

Students learn the skills necessary to find employment in the 21st century workforce:

  • Career exploration (interest/skills inventories)
  • Research various career choices
  • Prepare resumes, job applications, & practice interview skills
ojt career experience
OJT Career Experience
  • Non-paid Work Experience with training received in the business community
  • Students receive high school elective credits
  • Monitored by Exceptional Education Teacher/Job Coach
  • Transportation is provided by district
  • Insurance is provided by district
ojt career placement
OJT Career Placement
  • Paid Employment in the business community
  • Part-time school/part- time work
  • High School credit towards graduation
  • Monitored by Exceptional Education Teacher/Job Coach
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation
ojt career placement16
OJT Career Placement

Jeremy 5 years

Clint 4 years

Food & Nutrition

Surgery Receiving

Jaime 7 years Radiology

specialized programs
Specialized Programs
  • Diploma Option 2
  • Supported Employment
diploma option 2
Diploma Option 2
  • Student “Must” Find Own Employment
  • Student “Must” be at least 16 years old
  • Student “Must” complete 180 days of full-time employment (30 hrs weekly)
  • Student “Must” complete Graduation Plan at 95%
  • Transportation is the responsibility of student
option 2 forms
Option 2 Forms
  • Monthly Time Sheet
  • Student Record of Days
  • Training Plan & Evaluation
  • Six Easy Steps
  • Child Labor Law & Waiver
  • Graduation Plan
  • Site Training Agreement (contract)
  • Student Agreement
supported employment
Supported Employment

Vocational Rehabilitation & Manatee Schools

Create a Partnership

the 5 w s of supported employment
The 5 W’s of Supported Employment
  • Who – Students with more significant disabilities
  • What – Modifications/Accommodations
  • Where – Practical Assessment Exploration System, career prep, career experiences, and career placement
  • Why- Closing the Gap
  • When – Usually 11 or 12th grade
student successes
Student Successes
  • Less Absences
  • Decrease in Physical Aggression
  • Improvement in Social Behaviors
  • Improvement in Grooming
  • Improvement in Academics (grades)
  • Big Boost in Self-Confidence
student comments
Student Comments
  • I feel good/happy at work
  • I like being part of a team
  • I like the food at break time
  • I feel satisfied
  • I am hopeful (now I know I can get a job)
  • I like 9:00 because I know I am at work
  • I like my partner at work
to begin with the end in mind
To Begin with the End in Mind

You need to have all your DUCKS in a Row

how to get your in a row
How to get your in a row

IDEA/ADA Graduation Options Vocational labs

Quality Transition IEP Supported Employment Transportation trn.

Agency Linkages Career Preparation Assistive Tech

Measurable Goals Career Experience Service Learning

Modifications Career Placement Project CONNECT

Accommodations On-the-Job Training TIP Project

Self-Determination Diploma Option 2 Partners in Transition

Transition Portfolio Technical Institutes Parent Involvement

Hiring Practices Initiative High-School/High-Tech CEC/DCDT

presenter information
Presenter Information

Diane Roberts, Transition Specialist

Manatee County Schools-Bradenton, Florida

941-708-8770 ext. 2186

Stewart Bergmann, Diploma Option 2 Coordinator

Manatee County Schools- Bradenton, Florida

941-708-8770 ext. 2183

Elizabeth Playdon, Voc. Rehab Job Coach

Bayshore High School-Bradenton, Florida