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In Their Own Words

Employer Perspectives on Youth with Disabilities in the Workplace

Edited by:
Richard Luecking, TransCen, Inc.

September 2004

Permission is granted to duplicate this publication in its entirety or portions thereof. This publication is not availabe in print. Upon request, this publication will be made available in alternate formats. To request an alternate format, please contact:

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(612) 624-4512

This document was published September 2004 by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET). NCSET is supported through a cooperative agreement #H326J000005 with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U.S. Department of Education Programs, and no official endorsement should be inferred. The University of Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition are equal opportunity employers and educators.


Thanks to my colleagues at TransCen, Inc. who helped collect the essays and provided helpful editorial assistance: Dr. Kelli Crane, Dr. Marianne Mooney, Meredith Gramlich, Sara Murphy and Amy Dwyre.

A special thanks to those people who helped find the perspectives of representative employers, including: Dr. Margo Izzo of Ohio State University, Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler of the University of Washington, Donna Mundy of the Mundy Group and Florida High School/High Tech, and Mark Donovan of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. Thanks also to Joan Wills of the Institute on Educational Leadership for advice on organizing
the essays.

— Richard Luecking, Editor

Table of Contents


Publish or Perish: Macworld Magazine by Shelly Ginenthal

Reaching Out to Youth: Microsoft Corporation by Mylene Padolina

Boosting the High Tech Workforce: Kennedy Space Center, NASA by Cassandra Black

Finding Premium Volunteers: Port Discovery by Leah Burke

Investigating Human Resource Options: American Institute for Cancer Research by John McIlveen

Manufacturing & Production Technician Youth Apprentices: Generac Portable Products Corporation by Bob Hurd

Infrastructure for Success: Kemtah Group, Inc. by Keith Harris

Quality Products, Quality Employees: Medtronic Physio-Control by LaDrene Coyne

Searching for a Reliable Workforce: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical
by J. Erin Riehle

Keeping Stock of Personnel Needs: Safeway by Grace Louie

Brokering Achievement: Old Colony Insurance Service, Inc. by S. Brooks May, Jr.

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Luecking, R., Ed. (2004). Essential tools: In their own words: Employer perspectives on youth with disabilities in the workplace. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.

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