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A-Z index of terms related to transition planning

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504 Plan
A civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and ensures equal access and may receive accommodations and modifications.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services.
Trade-related paid or unpaid work with a certified skilled journeyman to build occupational skills related to trade certification.
Assessment: formal and informal
The wide variety of methods used to evaluate, measure and document academic readiness, interests, learning progress, and skill acquisition.
Business Tours
Facilitated tours of businesses to explore career options, observe business practices and network with business professionals.
Career Cluster Interest Inventory
NDE in partnerships with NE business, industries and NE postsecondary institutions developed course standards and programs of study for career fields.
Career Exploration
Learning about yourself and the world of work and identifying and exploring occupations.
Career Readiness
“A career-ready person capitalizes on personal strengths, talents, education and experiences to bring value to the workplace and the community through his/her performance, skill, diligence, ethics and responsible behavior.” — DEFINITION OF CAREER READINESS ADOPTED BY THE NEBRASKA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ON MAY 5, 2010.
Career Readiness Skills (Employability Skills)
The non-technical skills (e.g. interpersonal skills, personal habits and traits, etc.), knowledge, and understanding necessary to successfully gain and maintain employment and participate effectively in the workplace.
Career Tours
Hear and Learn from Professions – experience virtual industry tours to explore a variety of career options.
Customized Employment
A flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate or employee and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on identifying the strengths, conditions and interests of a job candidate or employee through a process of discovery. Customized Employment also identifies the business needs of an employer. Together, these create a match resulting in a customized position.
A collaborative website by the Nebraska Department of Labor, Economic Development, and Education that provides educators, economic developers, students and their parents, community leaders, and career seekers information on the states’ high skill, high wage, and high demand occupations.
Individual Education Program (IEP)
A written education program for a child with a disability that specifies the special education, related services, transition activities and services necessary to assure the child a free, appropriate public education.
Individual Support Plan (ISP)
A plan for services developed in coordination with an individual and Developmental Disabilities Services that states specific objectives to develop competencies and achieve personal goals in the areas of community participation, housing, work, school and leisure time, based on hopes and dreams for the future as well as an assessment of the individual’s needs, preferences and life choices.
Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)
A plan that is developed and implemented in a manner that affords eligible individuals the opportunity to exercise informed choice in selecting an employment outcome, the specific vocational rehabilitation services to be provided under the plan, the entity that will provide the vocational rehabilitation services, and the methods used to procure the services.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
A Federal law ensuring special education to children with disabilities.
Informational Interviewing
An informal conversation with someone working in an area that interests you who will give you information and advice about a potential future workplace.
Formal agreements in which a youth is assigned specific tasks in a workplace over a predetermined period of time. May be paid or unpaid, depending on the nature of the agreement with the company and the nature of the tasks.
Job Observation
An arranged visit to observe an individual in a specific job or type of work. This usually involves pre-work to become aware of job responsibilities and develop a set of questions/ observations to be utilized during the observation.
Job Shadowing
Work by a youth that does not materially benefit the employer but allows the youth to spend meaningful time in a work environment to learn aspects of potential job tasks and “soft skills” required in the workplace.
Mock Interview
Simulates a real interview for training purposes.
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Standards adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education and Nebraska Workforce Investment Board that define employer expectations of employees. Sometimes called employability skills, these 11 standards were developed by Nebraska business and industry as essential skills for success in the workplace.
Nebraska Habitudes Training
Training in the implementation of Nebraska’s Habitudes curriculum that is designed to introduce students to Nebraska’s Career Readiness Standards.
On-the-Job Training
Training that is given to an employee at their workplace while they are doing the job for which they are being trained.
Person-Centered Planning (PCP)
A process that empowers the students to know that possibilities of their goals can become realities of their future. It can assist IEP teams and others through structured exercises called Maps that focus on the students’ strengths and preferences, and assist them in developing a snapshot of the student and the hopes and dreams for the future that is student-driven. There are several types of PCP tools including MAPS, PATH, Essential Lifestyle Planning, and Personal Futures Planning, but each have unique information gathering strategies; they are all action based and focused on the student’s gifts and desires for the future. The information gathered from the PCP should be used as part of the transition requirements outlined in IEPs for students with disabilities.
Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
A multi-year plan developed by students in collaboration with teachers, counselors, and parents, as a way to help them plan their educational experiences from middle to secondary to postsecondary education to help them achieve their career goals.
Services and programs designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship Programs; they have a documented partnership with a Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor and together, expand the participant’s career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction.
Project SEARCH
A partnership between Nebraska VR, a business, area school systems, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Assistive Technology Partnership, and Division of Developmental Disabilities. This one-year school-to- work program is business led and takes place entirely in the workplace. The experience includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.
Service Learning
Formal volunteer service in a structured community service program for the purpose of contributing to the community, learning soft skills, including follow through on commitments, and taking directions in a community environment.
Skill Inventories
Questionnaires or reports containing information on knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences of the student.
Supported Employment
Competitive work in a community integrated work setting for persons with severe disabilities who need ongoing support services to learn and perform the work.
Work Experience
An opportunity for a student to gain practical skills and understanding of a work environment; could be paid or unpaid.
Work Sampling
Unpaid work for the purpose of exposure to different work environments, allowing the youth to spend meaningful time to learn aspects of potential job tasks and employability skills required in the workplace. Potential supports and accommodations could be identified.
Work-Based Learning
An extended learning opportunity for students to experience the adult world of work through job shadow, paid or unpaid internships or actual employment conducted in cooperation with a school. Work-based learning programs follow established guidelines including training agreements and assurances to follow state and federal child labor and labor standards laws.