Career Planning Materials
- Online career resource with Washington-specific employment
information and education resources. Available online with an
interactive quiz, demand-decline list, apprenticeships, disability
resources, and more. Created by Workforce Training and Education
- Where Are You Going? Guide is a paper and pencil version of online resource. Can be ordered free of charge.
- Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages to find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training. Subscription required.
- Career Solutions Publishing Group develops classroom materials that focus on workplace ethics, work readiness, integration of academics and careers, and personal money management. Includes free lesson plans as well as paid ones.
The Career Key is organized according to the three basic principles of good decision making:
- Know yourself--your strengths, values personality and skills.
- Know your options. Think of as many alternatives as you can.
- Make good decisions.
- Comprehensive career assessment that measures aptitude and interests to inform career and education planning process. Assessments are offered through the Vocational Research Institute. Subscription required.
- Project Discovery is a research-based and peer-reviewed curriculum validated and approved by the US Department of Education. Involves extensive hands-on curricula that correlate to state standards. Multiple functional levels and reading levels are accommodated, and materials are provided in full electronically and in hard copy. Student progress can be measured by work performance benchmarks.
- Inside Jobs is a free, user-friendly website where students can explore a wide range of career opportunities and learn the paths that can get them there. Jobs are divided conveniently into career families and users can also connect with regional postsecondary programs. Use to explore jobs student may already be interested in, or in conjunction with a career assessment.
- The /guide was developed to serve as a resource for organizations working with youth on career exploration and employment options, and policymakers who support youth programs through policy and practice. It shows how entrepreneurship education can be implemented in programs and offers suggestions on how to introduce self-employment as an option for all youth, including youth with disabilities.
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.
- Creating a Path to Employment
- Essential Skills to Getting a Job
- Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce
- This module provides information about person-centered planning (PCP) and the role it can play in transition planning.
- "Career Resources Toolkit for Job-Seekers" contains career development resources -- on every major job-search and career topic -- to help job-seekers find a better job or career in the Career Resources Toolkit. Students can also search for available jobs.
Transition Planning for Students with Severe Disabilities
The following documents pertain to transition planning for students with severe disabilities:
- Transition Planning & Students with Severe Disabilities (PDF)
- Examples & Non-Examples: Students with Severe Disabilities
- This document includes sample activities/strategies in the following transition areas: Instruction, Community Experience, Employment, Related Services, Post-School and Adult Living Skills, Acquisition of Daily Living Skills, and Functional Vocational Evaluation. It has been adapted from "Helping Educators, Parents and Other Stakeholders Understand: Post-School Outcomes, Course of Study and Coordinated Set of Activities" by Ed O'Leary and Wendy Collison, 2002.