Getting and Keeping Your First Job

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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This is a workshop designed to help families understand the realities of employment for all youth, with a special emphasis on strategies youth with disabilities can use to improve employment prospects.The workshop begins with a discussion of the importance of work and what some youth with disabilities experience as they attempt to enter the job market. The session then highlights the crucial role self-awareness, career planning, and families play in the process. It continues with descriptions of the possible pitfalls in the employment process as well as suggestions for increasing the likelihood of being hired. Topics include: writing a resume, being interviewed, identifying job accommodations if necessary, and deciding whether or not to disclose a disability to an employer.


Matthew Zellmer joined the WI FACETS staff in 2009 as the Transition Coordinator for the YITRC grant after serving on the project's youth steering committee for two years. He also serves as the Director of the Milwaukee County Advocacy grant and is the lead Helpdesk Specialist on the Parent Training and Information Center grant. In addition, he serves on a number of state and local committees related to transition. Matthew graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2003 with a degree in broadcast journalism, then earned his Master's in communication from there in 2006.

Workshop Registration Form

Workshop Registration Form

Registration is required for all WI FACETS–sponsored workshops. You may use the form below to register or you may register by contacting Sandra McFarland at 877-374-0511. If you use the form, please make sure to include the title and date of the event you are registering for.

All WI FACETS-sponsored workshops are free.  Requests for any special accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the event. Please list any accommodations requested in the “Special Request” box below.