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Using the High School/High Tech Design Features to Meet the Needs of Youth with Disabilities: A Supplement to the High School/ High Tech Program Manual

September 15, 2011 Publication

Recognized as one of the most successful strategies for assisting youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education and employment, High School/High Tech (HS/HT) has evolved from a small program in a few localities that focused on exposing youth with disabilities to technology-related careers to a comprehensive program of transition services.  Through an array of activities identified in the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth’s (NCWD/Youth) Guideposts for Success, HS/HT exposes youth with disabilities to careers in science, technology, engineering and math and encourages them to pursue postsecondary education to prepare for such careers.

The information in this document was gathered in response to High School/High Tech (HS/HT) program coordinators nationwide requesting additional resources to supplement the new HS/HT Program Manual. It is intended to assist youth service workers and advocates to meet the challenges of organizing individualized programming for young people with disabilities using the four evidence-based design features (Preparatory Experiences, Connecting Activities, Work-Based Experiences, and Youth Leadership Development). These resources have been gathered to assist HS/HT program coordinators in planning individualized activities for all youth in coordination with each of the four design features.  While some activities are in a lesson plan format and others are adjunct resources, all may serve as a foundation from which to build and expand design feature lessons.

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