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Project Launch

For transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities, success often depends on having the right services in place to support employment, education, and inclusion in the community. Fortunately, there are laws that help.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Workforce Investment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantee people with disabilities a free and appropriate education, ensure civil rights, and protect young adults from employment discrimination based on their disabilities.

Funded by the Rehabilitation Act, Project Launch works in partnership with parent centers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio to help youth, adults, families, professionals, and employers understand how these laws can help individuals with disabilities create a positive future.

How Project Launch Helps

Through individual assistance, workshops, resources, and more, Project Launch helps youth and young adults with disabilities pursue meaningful careers, live as independently as possible, and enjoy inclusion at work and in the community.

Project Launch provides a practical website and an array of helpful publications, webinars, parent tip sheets, and videos on disability-related topics.

Guidance and information is also offered on transition, employment, and the role of vocational rehabilitation counselors and rehabilitation services.

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Transition Resources

Project Launch provides transition-age youth and their families:

  • Help exploring future options, including transition to employment, on-the-job training, technical training, or college and university programs
  • Resources for independent living skills
  • Transition and career exploration workshops for high school students and young adults with disabilities and their families or advocates
  • Individual assistance on transition planning, employment, and rehabilitation services provided by state agencies, and gives referrals to appropriate service agencies that can help
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Employment Resources

Project Launch offers many employment resources:

  • Works with professionals to develop more effective strategies for team building among students and young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals
  • Advises employers and employees about accommodations and modifications on the job and at job training sites to help workers remain successfully employed

Parent Center Partners

Project Launch works in partnership with parent centers in Indiana (IN*Source), Kentucky (KY-SPIN), and Ohio (OCECD).

Videos: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

This video series provides parents with five practical strategies for helping their youth be successful when first looking for employment. 

Publication List

Parents can play an important role in providing postsecondary options and career guidance to youth with disabilities. Some of the ways in which parents help include serving as positive adult role models, assisting with creating clear expectations, and providing exposure to careers and occupations. In addition, parents and other family members provide contacts and networks for their daughters and sons to the community, and express positive values and attitudes toward higher learning and work. Discipline, concentration, and the willingness to take on new challenges can be shared and discussed as it relates to postsecondary and work environments. (Preparing for Employment, National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, 2016)

The following resources have been developed by staff from Project Launch along with staff from PACER Center’s transition team. These materials have been used during workshops and trainings as well as distributed individually to students, parents, and professionals accessing PACER websites. (PACER.org; PACER.org/project-launch; PACER.org/transition/resource-library)

Resources include:

 

Project Launch is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) as per agreement, #H23F140021.