Transition for High School to the Workforce Checklist

As a Freshman or Sophomore

As a freshman, talk with counselors and teachers about careers.
Make a list of your employment and life goals.
Go to your IEP meetings and tell people what kind of job you think you would like.
Lead your IEP meetings.
Learn social skills and how to get along with others. You can learn this from a counselor or by taking classes.
Take aptitude and interest tests to help you decide what your strengths are and the kind of jobs you like.

Junior Year

Contact the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office to see if you are eligible for VR services.
If you are eligible for VR services, start to work with the school counselor to develop a plan for work.
Become a self-advocate so that you can help yourself.
Learn about your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Learn about how you can work with employers to let them know about your disability and have them make accommodations.
Be able to tell others about your disability and how it affects your work.

Senior Year

Ask teachers, counselors, and employers for letters of recommendation.
Check out accessible housing or transportation, if needed.