Getting and Keeping Your First Job
This workshop is 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. This 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 is the Parent Services coordinator for WI FACETS, which oversees the help desk that provides quality special education support to families. He is also the Transition Coordinator under the Milwaukee Advocacy Grant, under which he co-organizes the summer Youth Leadership summit for high school students with disabilities and hosts other transition workshops for youth, families and professionals. Matthew earned his Master’s degree in communication and is a frequent presenter at statewide conferences.
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.