YiPPE Role Plays - Getting A Job
Going To Work
Need cash? What’s next for you after high school? You’re probably either going to go right to work, or to college and then work.

This page has tons of information on going to work including your rights and figuring out accommodations on the job. You can also watch cool videos of all different kinds of people who reached their career goals! Information on college includes how to prepare for college now, how college is different from high school and types of accommodations you can get in your classes to help you be more successful.

Some Helpful Downloads

"10 Reasons to Hire Youth with Disabilities"
"10 Things Employers Can Do..."
"411 on Disability Disclosure"
"Essential Skills to Getting a Job"
"Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce"

Employment Resource Websites

Real Stories, Real Jobs

This site highlights the employment successes of people with disabilities who are working in paid jobs in their communities. They are earning money, forming networks, and contributing to their communities.


Provides resources to help you develop your career using a variety of media and formats.

Jung Typology Test

What’s your type? Take the test and find out. After you take the test you will learn more about yourself and you can get a list of career choices that best match your type based on your personality.


Work experiences and career preparation activities increase your chances of getting a job after finishing your academic program. This website provides information and resources with the purpose of helping you increase access to careers you are interested in. www.washington.edu/doit/Careers/

Career Clusters

This site helps you link what you learn in school with the knowledge and skills you need for success in college and work.

Career One Stop

Career One Stop is your source for employment information and inspiration. Manage your career and your path to career success. Includes tools for students.

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Youth Apprenticeship

A program for high school students who want to experience hands on learning at the worksite along with classroom instruction.

Job Shadow

Job Shadow is a year-round effort to introduce young people to the world of work through job shadowing experiences. This site provides useful information and resources that will help you have a successful job shadowing effort!

Project Lead the Way

This program promotes pre-engineering courses for high school students to address a critical shortage of workers in this field.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Transition

DVR works with high school students getting ready to graduate on their college and work goals. DVR is a resource to help you make a smooth transition from school to the world of work.

Getting Hired

A place where people with disabilities gather, network and find success in the workplace with employers. Make connections, build your career and find jobs all in one place!


A site for teens to get quick info on federal and state labor laws like how many hours you can work, jobs you can do and how to prevent workplace injuries.

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Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Not sure what kind of job accommodations you may need? Not sure what your employment rights are? This is the place for you!

Career Voyages

This web site provides information on high growth, in-demand occupations and tells you the skills you need to get those jobs.  


AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you by applying your skills toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.


Learn about careers, internships, mentoring programs, and job training services. Resources are also available for youth with disabilities who receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and want to enter the workforce.

National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability – High School/High Tech

High School/High Tech is a program to encourage youth with disabilities to explore high tech careers.

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Employment Videos

The Simple Truths of Service (Johnny the Bagger)

Everyone can make a difference!!! (Run time 3:37)

Great Hires!

A video sharing the story of 3 employers who hired people with significant disabilities. (Run time 7:49)

Careers Video

This video shares the stories of 4 young adults with significant disabilities who have gone on to have successful careers including a teacher, lawyer, and probation and parole officer. Learn how they became successful! (Run time 10:24)

Simon Illa’s Story

The story of a young adult with Osteogenesis Imperfecta who risked everything and became one of hip hop’s leading producers. (Run time 6:33)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDArSD4XrBY and www.simonilla.com

Public Service Announcement: Becky

This video is a perfect example of someone with a significant disability reaching her career goals. For more information on Becky’s story, watch the Careers video.

Walk On

The story of DJ Gregory, a man with a physical disability who was told he would never walk, and has gone on to have a successful golfing career and credentials as a member of the media. (Run time 12:22)

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Employment Publications

NEW! Youth Fact Sheets on Employment

A series of fact sheets written by youth, for youth having to do with employment:
Autism: www.wiyouthfirst.org/Downloads/Autism.pdf
Self Advocacy: www.wiyouthfirst.org/Downloads/Self Advocacy.pdf
Social Relationships: www.wiyouthfirst.org/Downloads/Social Relationships.pdf
Transportation: www.wiyouthfirst.org/Downloads/Transportation.pdf

Entering the World of Work: What Youth with Mental Health Needs Should Know About Accommodations

A fact sheet that provides information on disclosure, accommodations and examples of reasonable accommodations for youth with mental health needs entering the workforce.  

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities

This workbook helps you make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose your disability and helps you practice.

Self-Employment Q&A: Successful Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Speak Out!

A fact sheet that highlights the experiences of several entrepreneurs with disabilities. It provides insights, encouragement, and cautions for other people with disabilities who might want to consider owning their own business. Interestingly, these business owners' answers were not any different from other typical business owners without disabilities.

What Can Students Do To Increase Their Involvement In School To Work Activities?


Opening Doors to Employment

A easy to use guide to help you identify a career you want and how to get and keep it.

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Self-employment Resource List

A list of resources on starting your own business.

Ricardo Vasquez, Vasquez Productions

Live Musical Entertainment

Swedee’s Jewelry

Swedee’s Website:

Kristen Kilmark, Kristen’s Creations

Hand-woven trivets, bookmarks and stress balls

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Dragon Magic Jewelry

Hand crafted jewelry including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and wire wrapped pendants

Phil Porter Art

Original works of art

Justin – Video Editing

Justin is exploring the possibility of becoming a video editor. His blog will share some of his experiences as he learns this process.

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College Websites

NEW! College Information for Students with Disabilities

A helpful blog full of information about going to college. Includes resources specifically for students with disabilities:

NEW! "College and Disability: Student Feud" video

High School student parody spin-off on the classic game show: Family Feud. Students are teamed up against one another in this three question show-down to prove which team has more knowledge about the expectations of college life and what rights you have as a student with a disability attending college, tech school, or community college:

NEW! A Guide to College for Students with Disabilities

A collection of resources for students with disabilities for your reference:

Disability-Friendly Colleges: A Guide for Students with Physical Disabilities

An online college guide for students with physical disabilities containing interactive charts of the most disability friendly colleges and profiles of the colleges that provide services necessary for students with physical disabilities to live on campus.

Going to College

An interactive site to help you learn about everything you need to know about college. Includes tips from other students with disabilities and videos about college life.

Think College

This site helps students with cognitive disabilities and their families think about what options they have for college.

NEW! "Think College!" video

Recently, a film crew from Think College in Boston came to Edgewood College in Madison , WI to feature Cutting Edge student Claire Bible in their production. They were so impressed with many of the students in the Cutting Edge that they eventually interviewed everyone. This is the short version of the video that will come out later this year. Enjoy!

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Campus Tours

Tour a campus from your computer!

Succeeding in College and at Work: Students with Disabilities Tell Their Stories

Four video interviews with college students with disabilities. The students share strategies to successfully stay in school, graduate and get jobs. Students reveal their struggles with self-reporting their disability, and negotiating accommodations in school and at work.

College is Possible

This site helps motivate middle and high school students to go to college.

Transition to College

Information and resources on college options for students with cognitive disabilities.

Through the Same Door

This inspiring film documents the new movement of fully inclusive education by exploring Micah’s desire for a life without boundaries. As a high school student, Micah wanted the college experience and he got it, but he had a long fight ahead of him. See how he did it!

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PEOPLE Program

A pre-college program for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college. The program prepares you to apply, be successfully admitted and enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. PEOPLE accepts highly motivated students into a rigorous program to build study skills, explore and strengthen academic and career interests, and gain a positive experience on a world-class campus.

Midwest Alliance

The Midwest Alliance strives to increase the involvement and level of success of students with disabilities completing postsecondary degrees, and entering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Three main ways to help you reach your goals include mentoring, internships and enrichment camps/special events and STEM exploration.


The purpose of PEPNet-Midwest is to increase and improve secondary and postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.


EntryPoint! offers outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.

Education Quest

A college planning website for youth and their parents.

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College Publications

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

This guide answers many questions students with disabilities and their families have about self-advocacy in post-secondary situations.

Opening Doors to Post-Secondary Education

This guide includes everything you need to know to help you prepare for college including timelines, difference between high school and college, college visit checklist and much more.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Explains your rights and responsibilities as a student with a disability preparing to attend a postsecondary school.

An Autistic Student’s Journey to College – Roger Diehl’s Story


Financial Aid for People with Disabilities


Federal Student Aid for College


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