Parent, Guardian, or Caregiver


If you would like to support a job seeker with disabilities as a family member or friend, it’s important to ensure the individual is in complete agreement with receiving your assistance with their career journey and the formation of an Integrated Resource Team (IRT). The IRT will only be successful if the job seeker leads the process, so part of your role is to support them in becoming the best leader that they can be.


Getting Started

  1. Have a conversation with the job seeker with disabilities in your life to ensure they are ready to embark on their career journey. The IRT works best when the youth is leading the process.
  2. Ask whether any whether any other school professionals that support the young person in your life would like to participate, such as a teacher, counselor, paraprofessional, or occupational/speech therapist.
  3. To help kickstart the process, find an American Job Center through the New York State Department of Labor.
  4. Leverage the resources and tools below, which were designed to support parents of youth with disabilities.

Connecting Youth To Careers

This video follows Jessica from 9th grade through her senior year as she explores her strengths and interests, gains work experience, and finds her career pathway. It covers self-awareness, career research, and career planning activities. It also answers questions about what parents can do to help launch teens and young adults on a successful career path.



Best Practices for Parents, Guardians, or Caregivers


Resources for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

Click on the topics below to see a list of resources under each category.