New Career Development Program for Youth with Disabilities

The career development program "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," released its comprehensive "soft skills" curriculum for young workers with disabilities on February 9, 2012. The US Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy new program is a collection of career development exercises and activities that hope to sharpen the soft skills of young workers including their communication.

The program is available in English and Spanish.

ODEP's curriculum covers "soft skills" necessary for productivity in the work environment.  "Soft skills" are enthusiasm and attitude, communication, critical thinking and professionalism, networking, problem-solving, and teamwork. Businesses consider these skills to be the most important qualities that are often lacking in young workers.

The Skills to Pay the Bills" program was initially tested on youth around the country. It is said that the activities and skills taught are successful in readying or youth for the working world.

For more information or to download the curriculum...

Update: Registration is now open. Register



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