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Career Planning & Early Work Experiences

Employer Engagement & Business Partnerships

Family Involvement

Integration of Systems

Post-Secondary Education & Training

Youth Development  


Add-Us-In Kansas City provides career opportunities for urban youth with disabilities through a business led network.

BASE Project

 The BASE Project, in Springfield, provides students with opportunities to develop career awareness, exploration, assessment, and positive social skills.


 The Believe-to-Achieve program, in Cape Girardeau, is a nine-week on-the-job training opportunity for students with disabilities and at-risk students. 

Career Training Program

 The Career Training Program (CTP), in St. Louis, is a community-based work training program.

Center on Transition Innovations

The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the transition of youth with disabilities

Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilites

 The Center highlights research-based strategies that produce optimal employment and career achievement for youth with disabilities

Employment First Policy (DD)

 Read Missouri's statement of commitment to Employment First outcome for individuals with disabilities.

Missouri Connections

 An on-line career planning tool available to students, parents, and transition professionals as a resource to assist with career planning. 

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

 NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center

 NSTTAC provides technical assistance and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders so that students with disabilities are prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce. 

Project Rise-(Children's Mercy)

 Project Rise (Reaching for Independent Successful Employment) creates employment opportunities at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for individuals with disabilities.

Project Search-(BJSPH)

 Project Search helps students transition from school to work through hands-on experience and job-skills development.

Technical Assistance on Transition and The Rehabilitation Act

 PACER's TATRA project focuses on helping families prepare youth with disabilities for employment, post-secondary education, and independent living outcomes. 

Toolkit of Resources on Agency collaboration

Resources about post-secondary transition for educators, VR Counselors, Independent Living Specialists, and families

VCU Work Support

 The Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC develops and promotes evidence-based practices to increase employment and provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives.