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Individuals & Families

FAMILIES, INCLUDING PARENTS, SIBLINGS, GUARDIANS, AND CAREGIVERS, ARE AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT FOR THE SUCCESS OF EMPLOYMENT FIRST

Resources in this section provide information about how you can support your loved one to seek or maintain competitive community employment, resources and support for you and your family member, and more!

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VIDEO: Tucson Unified School District Community Transition Program

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TUSD’s Community Transition Program (CTP) provides high school students with disabilities, ages 18-22, with a seamless transition from school to life as young productive adults. This video shows an example of one Community Transition Program team.
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Arizona Employment Provider Directory

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The Arizona Employment Provider Directory was created to help individuals and families make informed decisions on employment-related services. Providers are sometimes also called vendors and provide services for job seekers and families. It was developed with funding from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
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The Power of Disability Employment: The Impact to Arizona’s Economy

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This report by the Institute for Community Inclusion was developed for the Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council in 2019. It provides up-to-date information about employment for Arizonans who have disabilities, the economic value of employing people who have disabilities, and recommendations. You can download the full report or a 4-page summary.
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Arizona@Work

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Arizona@Work connects job seekers to employers around the state through an online platform, job fairs, and trainings and apprenticeships. They also can help with your resume and to learn more about different careers. Visit their website for more information.
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TRAINING: Oh Yes I Can Work! Making the Case for Competitive Integrated Employment

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In March 2019, Sara Murphy presented on sharing effective strategies for talking about competitive integrated employment, building acceptance for new ideas, developing action plans, and engaging stakeholders. Sara Murphy is a Senior Associate at TransCen, Inc., and the Director of WorkLink, TransCen’s San Francisco-based direct service program. She has extensive experience in program development,
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What Employment First Means to Me Infographic Handout

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Available for download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español To learn more about what Employment First means to a variety of stakeholders, follow this link! Plain Text: Employment First Means... Job Seeker: I have the information and support I need to make my own decisions about working. High Schooler: I have support to plan my future, like job
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Vocational Rehabilitation Eligibility, Referral, and Roadmap

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This VR Eligibility and Referral Infographic is available for download as a PDF, High Contrast, Spanish, and Plain Text Document. Disponible en Español VR Eligibility and Referral Plain Text: Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities get ready to work, find a job, and keep their jobs. It is sometimes called VR or Voc Rehab. To get help from VR, you MUST: Have a disability Have
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Self-Advocacy Online

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The Self-Advocacy Online website helps people with disabilities learn about self-advocacy. On the website, you can View short video interviews with self-advocates from around the country, Explore lessons on self-advocacy, Read easy-to-understand presentations about research in self-advocacy. The Center's YouTube channel also has videos about Employment First, remaining active, and making friends
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Diverse Ability Incorporated

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Diverse Ability Incorporated offers a variety of workshops for youth who have disabilities across the state throughout the year. We also host Arizona Youth Leadership Forum every summer in several Arizona cities. Youth who have disabilities are the leaders of Diverse Ability Incorporated. They create, teach, and guide our services. Visit their website diverseabilityincorporated.org for more
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Assistive Technology Internet Modules

Resource Description
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