Professional Development Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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 Educational options are available to help people with intellectual disabilities become as independent as possible.  Life skills programs educate students on skills such as effective time management, social skills, personal hygiene, career exploration, situational awareness and money management.  

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Finding a Job with a Disability

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Finding a job when you have a disability – whether the disability is from birth or an accident is an overwhelming experience.  There is so much to consider.  Can the person physically work?  Mentally are they up to the task?  And financially can they do it especially if that means losing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?  Fortunately, there is a program called Ticket To Work and it solely exists for situations like these!  The Ticket To Work program helps people with disabilities between the ages from 18 to 64 prepare for and enter the workforce.  This can include defining job skills, preparing for interviews, and preparing for work life.

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The Three Types of Resume (Helpful Guide with Samples)

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Whether you’re writing your first resume or updating your resume for the hundredth time, it’s important to consider the different resume types and when to use them. There are three basic resume formats: chronological, functional, and a combination or hybrid. 

1. Chronological Resume

When most people think of resumes, they think of the chronological resume. The chronological format should probably be called “reverse chronological format”, as it lists each job starting with the most recent and moving backwards.

The chronological format is designed to highlight the progression and growth of a professional life. For the job hunter, this format is the easiest to write.

Most employers prefer the chronological resume type. For the employer, this format is the easiest to follow and read. Some employers will have only ever seen this type of resume, and may be a little thrown off by a different format.

However, the chronological format can deemphasize skills and personal strengths. Because it is focused on past jobs, it can make changing careers or employment tracks more difficult. The chronological format emphasizes time and dates, which can be a big disadvantage for anyone with short-term employment or employment gaps. This can be a particular drawback for anyone who has had to take time away from working due to illness or disability. …Click to read more…