Internships are also called Work-Based Learning Experiences.
If your child has an IEP, the school should have options to offer.
Work experience is more important and your child can start now!
Students who have had an internship or job in high school are more likely to find and keep a job after they graduate.
Research has shown this. So it's important to take advantage of any chance for your child to do some kind of work.
Here's what you can do:
Talk to your child about their interests
Ask their Guidance Counselor and IEP team about internship options. Talk about writing this into the IEP and Transition Plan.
Make sure you all have filled out the paperwork for your child to get Pre-ETS services from LRS.
Look for volunteer options
Be creative! Ask people you know, and search online for projects that others have done to get work experience.
Ask your town if they have internship opportunities, or if local businesses hire young adults with disabilities
Go the Resource Directory to look for programs that can help your child find work. Look in the Education & Employment section and choose Transition Services or Vocational Programs.