Name(s) of students(s):

Age and grade level:

Goal or objective from IEP connected to lesson:

After completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the components of an Individualized Plan for Employment.
  • State the steps for applying for vocational rehabilitation services as an adult.

Materials needed: Note taking device, Internet access and personal resource file

Discussion: Employment is an Option

“Every person with a visual impairment can be employed. There are laws to protect you from being discriminated against and training programs to support you in your endeavors. You, however, have a critical role in the overall process. If you find yourself in need of additional training or support once you graduate from high school, there are services you can tap into as an adult. This lesson will prepare you to seek out those resources should you find the need. “

Activity 1: Services as an Adult

  1. Read Services Available Through Your State Vocational Rehabilitation Division.
  • What resources—such as a Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired—are provided by your state to assist you with employment after you graduate from high school?
  1. Locate your state’s agency for rehabilitation and find out the process for applying for services. File this information in your personal resource file.
  2. Read What Is the Individualized Plan for Employment?
  • What is an individualized plan for employment?
  • Are you entitled to services to help you reach your goal of employment?
  • What is your current goal for employment?
  • What do you need to do to reach your goal?
  • What resources are available to you?
  • How will you use those resources to help you obtain employment?

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