The IEL-led National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) recently released two youth-friendly guides focused on life after high school.
Hitting The Open Road After High School: How to Choose Your Own Adventure to Success! is a 16-page document designed to expose high school-age youth to a wide array of postsecondary options and help these youth prepare for their futures. The options outlined for life after high school include four year college or university, community college, certification and training programs, apprenticeship, volunteering, and employment, including military service. The guide also focuses on resources that youth, including youth with disabilities, can access to be successful after high school in the transition to adulthood. These resource areas include independent living, finances, health, postsecondary education services, employment services, and vocational rehabilitation. This publication was co-written by young people with disabilities participating in NCWD/Youth's Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) initiative.
Making My Way Through College is a guide for any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. Students will find information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability.
NCWD/Youth is a technical assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.