Impact Feature Issue on Supporting New Career Paths for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Resources for Supporting Youth

  • Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success . This free curriculum focuses on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth with and without disabilities ages 14-21. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, it has hands-on, engaging activities in six areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. Developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities.  This free guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) specifically to help professionals address the mentoring needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.