13. "These are the only job training opportunities we offer at this school."
- Consult with the vocational rehabilitation counselor, even
if he or she cannot attend the IEP meetings or provide direct services, about
steps that can be taken now to smooth your child’s transition from school
- Check with the agency in your state that deals with vocational rehabilitation
for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to find out age and eligibility
- Involve your child in the transition planning process to the maximum extent possible.
- Request that teachers incorporate activities related to career awareness/career skills into the core curriculum.
- Talk to your child as he is growing up about various careers and make
note of emerging interests and abilities. Get in touch with organizations
of blind professionals for job/career ideas.
- With your child, create a list of his/her abilities, strengths, and interests
and possible job and career paths which could be a good match. Use this
information to discuss with transition personnel. Volunteer work can be
a good way to sample job areas.
- If you disagree with the IEP, make sure to include a written statement
noting your objections. Unless indicated otherwise, signing the IEP indicates
attendance, but not necessarily agreement.
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