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High School/High Tech Program Manual (2007)
This manual provides a basis for building collaborations that assist young people preparing for jobs in technology-related occupations.

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century (February 2011)
Archived Video American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has archived a video of the event it hosted February 2, 2011 for the release of the Harvard Graduate School of Education report “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.” The report argues that the national strategy for education and youth development has been too narrowly focused on academics and classrooms, and that a more comprehensive approach, using career and technical education and work-based learning, is needed. The event featured an overview of the report, reactions of a panel of education and business leaders, and special remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

U.S. Business Leadership Network Toolkits on Engagement of Students with Disabilities (2011)
Through its TOWER initiative, the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) has published three toolkits to assist BLN affiliates and employer members to engage students with disabilities. These toolkits are designed to expand mentoring and internship opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. Each toolkit provides different avenues for engaging with students with disabilities through internship and mentoring programs, as well as student advisory councils. The toolkits are: “Guide to Business-Branded Internships,” “Guide to Business-Branded Mentoring,” and “Guide to Creating Student Advisory Councils.”

Use of Social Security Work Incentives to Promote Work-Based Learning in Youth Employment and Training Programs (2013)
This report examines AmeriCorps as a model that includes an income exemption that allows youth with disabilities who are Social Security beneficiaries to participate in work-based learning experiences and receive a living allowance or stipend without it impacting their benefits.  An overview is initially provided about the importance of work-based learning experiences, including service learning, particularly for youth with disabilities and the current state of policy and practice regarding the use of the AmeriCorps income exclusion.  Recommendations are then provided for increasing the scope and utilization of the existing AmeriCorps exemption and for the expansion of similar incentives to other youth employment and training programs serving transition-age youth with disabilities such as those funded under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students (2013)
This report prepared by FHI 360 provides a conceptual base for work-based learning (WBL), a strategy that helps students apply academic and technical skills and develop employability skills. WBL has been identified as an important issue for state and local program reform and implementation, but there is a need to better understand WBL as part of secondary career and technical education (CTE) programs.

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The Intermediary Guidebook: Making and Managing Community Connections for Youth (2001)
This guidebook is designed to facilitate collaboration, planning, and implementation of intermediary partnership efforts. The appendix includes project tools, case studies, issue briefs, and other materials.

Luecking, R., Fabian, E., & Tilson, G. (2004). Working relationships: Creating career opportunities for job seekers with disabilities through employer partnerships. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.
This book is based on dual premises that there is a job for every job seeker with a disability who wants one, and that employers must be considered and treated as important customers of employment services. Filled with illustrative case studies, this is a valuable resource for anyone involved in employment of people with disabilities.

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ADA Home Page: Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Intermediary Network
The Intermediary Network strives to strengthen local organizations that connect schools, workplaces, and community resources in an effort to improve pathways for youth into postsecondary education and careers.

Job Accommodation Network
This site includes legal information, specific job accommodations, and information links on disability and employment.

National Business and Disability Council
The National Business and Disability Council offers resources and networking for corporations interested in employing people with disabilities.

TransCen, Inc.
TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Our work is driven by the belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, or other barriers to employment, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance. Our associates develop, implement, and research innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.

Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship
This project is a study of the accommodation, inclusion, and support strategies for students with disabilities who have participated in a Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship program. Research findings from this study (available on its Web site) indicate that youth with disabilities have better school performance and post-school outcomes as a result of participating in youth apprenticeship programs.
This Web site offers information, resources, and research about work and disability issues. The site also has information and links on law/policy, employment, disability management, accommodations, speakers/trainers, supported employment, workforce diversity, workforce training, facts and figures, publications, and regional sites.

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