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Educators play an important role in the Employment First mission. As an educator, you help students plan for the future they want as they prepare to transition into employment or post-secondary education. Educators also assist students in accessing Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), which include career exploration and job readiness services provided by the state government.
There are many formal and informal ways that you as an educator can help your students achieve Employment First.
This page contains a variety of resources for educators to learn more about Employment First and what they can do to support their students who have disabilities.
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Arizona Employment First Infographic

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Downloadable as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish, and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español Plain Text: AZ Employment First (EF) means that competitive integrated employment is the expectation for all Arizonans who have a disability. EF IS A… Vision Initiative Movement EF IS NOT A… Program Agency Service Arizona has an Employment First Executive Order (2017) declaring state agencies must
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Road Map to Transitioning in Arizona

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What do you need to know to start planning for life after high school? This handout from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council can help get you started. Once you think about the questions on the first page, reach out to the resources and services on the second page to learn more!
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The State of Arizona Transition Slide Guide

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Students with disabilities should start getting ready to transition out of high school when they are between 10 and 12. Students can transition to employment or post secondary education. This chart describes things students should be doing and the supports they need to transition successfully. Activities are broken into four themes across six age groups. Themes include: Self-Determination
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A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships

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Research shows that youth with disabilities have better employment outcomes when professionals and systems coordinate. This how-to guide provides practical strategies for developing strategic partnerships between educators, employers, and community stakeholders such as Vocational Rehabilitation, employment services, and state agencies. It also provides several case studies. This guide was
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Assistive Technology Internet Modules

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Th is series of 50 modules provides high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Modules are free to access, and can credit or certificates can be obtained for a fee. Modules include “A Family-Centered Approach to Assistive Technology in Early Childhood,” “Funding Assistive
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Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit

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This comprehensive resource provides guidance and best practices for collaboratively implementing transition services to improve employment outcomes for students with disabilities, in accordance with WIOA, IDEA, and the Rehabilitation Act. Sections include information on transition services, interagency collaboration, and professional development. This toolkit was developed by the National
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Designing a Careers Pathway System: A Framework for State Education Agencies

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A career pathways system is a coordinated system of programs and services supporting students in the transition from school to the workforce, and it can be one part of a comprehensive system to support students’ college and career readiness. The College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center’s resource Designing a Career Pathways System: A Framework for State Education Agencies is a four
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Joint Guidance for Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage (AZ DES)

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The Arizona Department of Economic Security issued this guidance to reflect Arizona's commitment to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2014), which includes limiting work opportunities that pay less than minimum wage for people with disabilities. These work opportunities include facility-based work (i.e. sheltered workshops) and supported group employment (i.e. enclaves). Many
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Pre-employment Transition Services

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is required to make certain services available to youth and young adults, summarized on this page and in the links provided. These Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are activities designed to help students with disabilities prepare for future employment. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is required to provide certain services, summarized in this handout.
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The Implications of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Seamless Transition of Youth with Significant Disabilities

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 has the potential to greatly benefit job seekers with disabilities. This policy brief by Richard Luecking highlights how elements of WIOA, such as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), can support seamless transition to employment for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Seamless transition means leaving school