Provider Support Tools

Work Experience Guide - February, 2015
This guide explains the Path to Community Employment and information about work experiences as a way to prepare individuals for integrated employment

Volunteering, Internships, and Unpaid Work Experiences: Legal and Practical Guidelines - December 2019
This is a working document created by the State Employment Leadership Network that explains the rules and guidelines regarding volunteering, internships, and unpaid work experiences when supporting an individual in finding competitive employment.

Career Discovery: Exploring What it Takes for Employment Success

Career Discovery Guide - February 2015
This is a tool regarding the Career Discovery process and includes examples of career discovery profiles, information about conducting a career discovery team meeting and a variety of ways to gather information about an individual to assist in employment planning.

Career Discovery Tools, pdf format - February 2015
Career Discovery Tools, chapter format - February 2015
This offers a detailed description of a discovery process and includes examples of different resources to be used to inform the employment process.

Employment First Fact Sheet, pdf format August 2014
Employment First Fact Sheet, word format August 2014
This is a general fact sheet about the Employment First Initiative that can be shared with employers and businesses.


Soft Skills to Pay the Bills

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.