Many youth with disabilities have not had the same opportunities for career preparation as their non-disabled peers. In the past, the career planning process for youth with disabilities often did not reflect the values of choice and self-determination, and many youth with disabilities were relegated to passive roles in their own career planning process. As a result, many youth have not had the opportunity to pursue career options that they find motivating and satisfying.
Many young people leave high school uncertain of their interests and abilities and unprepared to choose or pursue a career. Effective career planning and assessment for transition-age youth allows them to consider multiple options, act with self-advocacy, bridge academic and career plans, and equip themselves with critical information.
This InfoBrief focuses on the vocational domain of career planning and how assessments support career-related activities.