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Positive Work Force Preparations. Presenters: Daniel Timlen Transition Coordinator, NMSD Laurie Guggenheim Transition Instructor NMSD. If Not Now….When. If Not Now ….When?. Transition. What does it mean to you? For your 4 year old Child 10 year old? 15 year old? 19 year old?.

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Positive work force preparations

Positive Work Force Preparations


Daniel Timlen

Transition Coordinator, NMSD

Laurie Guggenheim

Transition Instructor NMSD

Positive work force preparations

If Not Now….When

If Not Now ….When?


  • What does it mean to you?

  • For your 4 year old Child

  • 10 year old?

  • 15 year old?

  • 19 year old?

Positive work force preparations

Some common goals
Some Common Goals

  • Financially stable

  • Healthy

  • Attend college or post-secondary training

  • Travel

  • Raising a family

  • Independent

  • Self sufficient

  • Working (?)

  • Positive contributor to

    • The community

    • Family

  • Happy

  • Successful

  • Reliable

Future goals begin
Future Goals Begin….

  • The day he/she was born


  • The 9 months prior

Goal enhancers
Goal Enhancers

  • Parents/Guardians

  • Family & Friends

  • Teachers

  • Counselors

  • Community members

  • Administrators

Believe it or not
Believe it or not…

  • Skills for future employment begin in Pre K

    • Sharing, team work , manners, creativity, accepting challenges, thriving to produce the best, curiosity, reading, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, time management, and, commitment, ……..

Top skills employers look for in job seekers
Top Skills Employers look for in Job Seekers

  • Communication Skills (listening, verbal, written).

  • Analytical/Research Skills.

  • Computer/Technical Literacy.

  • Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities.

  • Leadership/Management Skills.

  • Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness.

  • Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity

  • Planning/Organizing skills

  • Teamwork

Department of labor stats for disabled individuals
Department of Labor Stats for Disabled Individuals

  • 17 million are between the ages 16-64, 29% of these individuals are employed. As compared to 80.5% of non-disabled individuals.

  • Of the 12 million unemployed, 79% want to work.

  • 42% of non-working disabled feel attitude is the prevailing reason for their unemployed status.

Recent informal poll
Recent Informal Poll

30 students were asked what they did last year

  • Went to camp (sports and leadership)

  • Worked for family business or side jobs

  • Vacationed

  • Played video games

  • Nothing****

Poll continued
Poll Continued

  • Only three experienced “real time employment”

Reality check
Reality Check

  • We need to provide better opportunities for our children/students to become EMPLOYABLE in the future by improving their……


    Both the school and families are equal partners.

The reality
The Reality..

  • School ( 180 days)

    • Academics

    • Community

  • Home (185)

    • Family

    • Community

Our roles for our children
Our Roles for our children

  • Help them become “employable”

    • Get work related experience early and often

      • Works to increase skills and community awareness

    • Work with community employers to better prepare them for our students/children

    • Expose child to a variety of experiences in the community

      • The more the individual knows the better he/she can prepare for the future

School 180 days
School180 Days

  • Academics

  • Extra Curricular Activities

  • Career Exploration

  • Work Study

    • On and off campus work

    • Job Shadowing

Home 185 days
Home185 Days

  • Family time

  • Involvement at home and in Community

    • Work around the home

    • Volunteer

    • Part time jobs

  • Summer Camps

    • Athletic and Academics

  • Anything but the couch and thumb games

    • Read, Write, board games, exercise


  • Both school and home environments are essential.

    • Both need instill work appreciation and values

  • Summers are critical to enhance students’ work readiness development

    • Either work related experiences or furthering their education.

How and where
How and Where?

  • Camps:

    • http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/InfoToGo/summercamps.asp

    • Camp Mark Seven, NY

    • Space Camp & Aviation Challenge For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, AL

    • Aspen Camp School for the Deaf

    • National Leadership & Literacy Camp, ND

Positive work force preparations

  • “Summer internships and co-ops are important for any college student, but even more so for deaf and hard of hearing students, who must face communication challenges on the job.” - Jaime Burke, Columnist

  • Options are endless!

    • DVR, teacher referrals, hometown,

    • Work or volunteer!

      • Go to City Hall

      • Temp Agencies

Final advice
Final Advice

  • Getting straight A’s or high marks are not indicators for success in the work force.

  • Students working/volunteering tend to show more adaptability

  • Nothing boost self esteem and confidence more than a “job well done”

  • The little we do now before High School graduation, pays off


  • Providing experience and exposure goes a long way….

  • …..although it helps for resumes, portfolios, and confidence, we still need to train our students for

    • Job Interviews and

    • Job Maintenance.