The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that only 19.1% of persons with disabilities are employed, compared to 65.9% without disabilities. In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, here are resources for you to help your child with employment transition planning into adulthood:

  • Take our free, self-paced course on how to build your child’s transition IEP. It’s the biggest step you can take to helping them find employment after they leave the structured supports of high school.

  • Check your state’s Employment First initiative – a national movement to deliver meaningful employment, fair wages, and career advancement for people with disabilities

  • Understand how ABLE accounts can help your reach education and employment goals by watching this webinar

  • Know how your child’s Individual Transition Plan is key to employment in adulthood

  • Chart your child’s life course by developing a vision for a good life, thinking about what they need to know and do, identifying how to find or develop supports, and discovering what it takes to live the lives they want to live

IEP Transition Planning

This session from our 2019 family and professional conference focuses on how you can ensure that appropriate transition planning, including transitioning into college or employment, is in your child’s IEP.

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Monika Jones, JD, is our founder and executive director. Her first son, Henry, had a modified lateral hemispherotomy, revision surgery, then true anatomical hemispherectomy to stop seizures caused by total hemimegalencephaly. She is also the principal investigator of the Global Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Registry, the only parent-reported data collection to understand the developmental trajectory after pediatric epilepsy surgery. You can read her research works at

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