Youth with disabilities can work, and there are many available resources to help find the right job for you!
Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (DHS) works closely with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to support youth with disabilities while transitioning to adult life and work. These agencies understand the importance of collaboration to promote a smooth transition from school to opportunities in education, training, and employment.
Obtaining work experience, while in high school, is one of the best ways to ensure you get hired for work after high school graduation. Your Individualized Education Program (IEP) team at school and your DVR counselor will support you in your transition to adult life and work.
Long-term supports and services may be available to support you in maintaining a job in your community. If you participate in the Children's Long-Term Support Waiver, then you can talk with your Support and Service Coordinator (SSC) to develop community support plans that match your school and work goals.
You Can Work!, P-00516 (PDF)
DHS Employment and Disabilities Helpful information about employment for people with disabilities.
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
- Self-Assessment & Referral: Is DVR right for you?
- Youth in Transition: Getting Started With the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- DVR 101: Getting Started With the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Transition Action Guide (TAG) (PDF) A valuable resource for youth, parents, and transition partners during Transition IEP meetings and other transition planning. The TAG provides information about the roles and responsibilities for youth, parents/guardians, schools, DVR, long-term care and mental health services, and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
Wisconsin PROMISE The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development was awarded a five-year grant from the federal government to establish and operate model demonstration projects designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of youth who receive Supplemental Social Security (SSI) income, ages 14 to 16 years. The Wisconsin PROMISE grant is a partnership between the DWD, DHS, DPI, and the Department of Children and Families (DCFS). The federal program is the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Initiative.