Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities remains at almost twice the rate of those without disabilities (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017). Predictors of successful post school employment outcomes include higher parental expectations, career awareness training, early exposure to competitive employment experiences, and improvements in the level of functional capabilities of the student (Wehman, et al, 2015). Related services such as physical therapy, could be beneficial in improving students’ long term success. As such, schools provide a critical link to post school employment through the development of skills required of students to attain competitive employment (Siperstein, Heman, & Stokes, 2014). The purpose of this presentation is to describe the design and program implementation of a collaborative work capacity program in a high school that is designed to expand the foundational fitness skills necessary for participation in vocational opportunities job sites.