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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors five policy development and technical assistance resources. One of these is the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) — a partnership to promote success for youth with disabilities entering the world of work.

The NCWD/Youth website houses numerous youth-focused resources, developed in collaboration with ODEP, including the Guideposts for Success and extensive information related to Career Development, Professional Development, and Youth Development and Leadership.

  • Guideposts for Success — Following an extensive review of research and best practices in education, vocational rehabilitation, and workforce development, ODEP and NCWD/Youth produced the Guideposts for Success, a comprehensive set of interventions that can make a difference in the lives of all youth. Targeted Guideposts have also been identified for:
  • Career Development — Career development is a three-step process involving self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management, which can assist all youth in choosing and preparing for careers that fit their interests, skills, and values. Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) can play an important role in the career development process.
  • Professional Development — Youth service professionals require competencies in many fields (youth development, education, workforce development, disability, etc.) in order to effectively guide youth in transition and maximize their potential.
  • Youth Development and Leadership — Youth development is the process by which youth prepare for the challenges of adolescence and adulthood by building skills and competencies through coordinated, progressive activities and experiences.