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Career & Employment

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Handouts are available in either print or digital format. Printed handouts are free to keep. Digital materials are available to download at your convenience.

Online Resources include webinars, videos, website links, and other digital and web-based content. Click on a resource's title to go to that resource.

Lending Library - Books (4)

Lending Library - DVDs (2)

Handouts (1)

Online Resources (4)

Books

LifeScripts: What to Say to Get What You Want in Life's Toughest Situations
by Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine
The bestselling guide to workplace success, Lifescripts has been completely revised and updated, taking a sharp new business focus and adding more than 50 scripts that help you prepare for difficult on-the-job conversations. Each of the 109 Lifescripts gives you a plan that leads to the desired result regardless of the obstacles thrown in your path. You get an icebreaker opener, a pitch, an answer to every question, and a defense for every attack. You'll also find strategic pointers on attitude, timing, preparation, and behavior.

Real Work For Real Pay
by Wehman, Inge, Revell & Brooke
This groundbreaking book advances a critical element of empowerment for people with disabilities: inclusive, competitive, and meaningful employment opportunities. The most comprehensive resource available on this topic is an authoritative collection of current best practices, employment theories and policies, and specific tools that support positive change in the workplace. Readers will get the most thorough, up-to-date information on every aspect of inclusive employment.

Success At Work: Transitions to Employment: Student Work Guide
by Howard Eaton & Leslie Coull
This self-advocacy program is the beginning of a journey from the safety of school to the world of work. You will meet people with learning disabilities, both young and old; famous and ordinary. You will learn how to survey your strengths, face you learning disabilities and figure out how they affect you. And you will also learn to research employers, find a job, and do well while working.

When I Grow Up...I Am Going to Work
by PACER Center
This book is about a vision of a future for all children with disabilities to work and share their gifts with their communities. It is for children with disabilities and their parents. The first part of the book is to be read to children. The second part of the book has tips for parents. (parents & professionals)

DVDs

JobSmart 1: Landing A Job & Job Related Social Skills
SEE WARNING
Teaches students the bottom-line behaviors and basics of getting a job, getting along with co-workers and satisfying the boss. Using humorous NotSmart/JobSmart vignettes, the series is guaranteed to keep students laughing while they learn the consequences of poor conduct and work demeanor . . . and what to do instead. (age 14 & up/parents & professionals)

JobSmart: Job Safety & Attitudes Related To Promotion
SEE WARNING
Focuses on job safety and productive attitudes that lead to advancement. Lack of skill is not why most people lose their jobs. The reason is usually poor behavior and a lousy attitude. This program teaches students "can do" work habits with humorous "how to" and "how not to" examples. (age 14 & up/parents & professionals)

Handouts

Your Career: Keeping Tabs On Planning and Preparing
Channing Bete
It all starts with a plan. Having a plan, and following it, is the only way you're going to get your dream job. Dream jobs don't just drop into people's laps. In today's economy, neither do really good jobs. But a well-thought-out career plan can get you where you want to go. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #136

Online Resources

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
Document

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) presents this transition guide to advance their efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st Century workforce.

This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to postschool activities:

• Transition planning: opportunities and programs;

• Transition services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act;

• Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and

• Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

Getting and Keeping the First Job
Webinar

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. In this PACER webinar, youth and parents will learn about preparing for and keeping a job.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
Website

NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities.

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
Website

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

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