I Want to Work! Where Do I Start?
It can be a lot of work to get a job. But with the right help, people can get a job and be paid well. A person should consider:
- What am I good at?
- What do I like to do?
- What kind of workplace would be best for me?
People usually try out small jobs or volunteer to see what they like.
How to Find Work
- Ask your Service Coordinator how the regional center can help you prepare for work, find a job, succeed on the job, or start your own business
- Volunteer for different jobs to learn what you like doing
- Talk to friends and family about your goals
- Explore work training programs at adult school or college
- Ask about employment supports at your Planning Team Meetings
- Explore getting employment support from the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Your Service Coordinator can help get you started with DOR
- Work with your team at school to create goals around job skills, and volunteer or paid work
Getting Help from Your Family Members
- Talk to your family about the type of work that you might like
- Explore training ideas in the community such as Adult Education or college with their help
- Invite your family members to your IEP & IPP meetings
For Family Members to Consider
- Talk to your family member who’s seeking a job
- Find out what type of work interests them
- Help prepare them for work or higher education
- Participate in their IEP and IPP meetings
- Partner with the regional center to take an active role in planning
- Consider your contacts in the community as you brainstorm about possible work options including volunteering or micro-enterprise options
- Ask about new programs being developed through Adult Education and Community Colleges
Is College Right for You?
Talk to your Service Coordinator to find out if a local program can help you reach your education or employment goals. Click here for a list of Post Secondary and Adult Education Partners.
“With initiative and the right supports and opportunities, people with developmental disabilities can work. They can succeed at a job, earn decent pay, meet people on the job, and be more a part of their community.”