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As an educator, you help students plan for the future they want as they prepare to transition into employment or post-secondary education. Educators also assist students in accessing Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), which include career exploration and job readiness services provided by the state government.

There are many formal and informal ways that you as an educator can help your students achieve Employment First.

This page contains a variety of resources for educators to learn more about Employment First and what they can do to support their students who have disabilities.

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Arizona Employment First Infographic

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Downloadable as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish, and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español Plain Text: AZ Employment First (EF) means that competitive integrated employment is the expectation for all Arizonans who have a disability. EF IS A… Vision Initiative Movement EF IS NOT A… Program Agency Service Arizona has an Employment First Executive Order (2017) declaring state agencies must
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The State of Arizona Transition Slide Guide

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Students with disabilities should start getting ready to transition out of high school when they are between 10 and 12. Students can transition to employment or post secondary education. This chart describes things students should be doing and the supports they need to transition successfully. Activities are broken into four themes across six age groups. Themes include: Self-Determination
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Road Map to Transitioning in Arizona

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What do you need to know to start planning for life after high school? This handout from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council can help get you started. Once you think about the questions on the first page, reach out to the resources and services on the second page to learn more!

2020 PSE Policy Brief

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Educator Stakeholder Flyer

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A flyer for educators with resources and action steps to support Employment First. Image
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VIDEO: Tucson Unified School District Community Transition Program

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TUSD’s Community Transition Program (CTP) provides high school students with disabilities, ages 18-22, with a seamless transition from school to life as young productive adults. This video shows an example of one Community Transition Program team.
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Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit

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This comprehensive resource provides guidance and best practices for collaboratively implementing transition services to improve employment outcomes for students with disabilities, in accordance with WIOA, IDEA, and the Rehabilitation Act. Sections include information on transition services, interagency collaboration, and professional development. This toolkit was developed by the National
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Designing a Careers Pathway System: A Framework for State Education Agencies

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A career pathways system is a coordinated system of programs and services supporting students in the transition from school to the workforce, and it can be one part of a comprehensive system to support students’ college and career readiness. The College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center’s resource Designing a Career Pathways System: A Framework for State Education Agencies is a four
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Assistive Technology Internet Modules

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Th is series of 50 modules provides high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Modules are free to access, and can credit or certificates can be obtained for a fee. Modules include “A Family-Centered Approach to Assistive Technology in Early Childhood,” “Funding Assistive
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The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

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The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition supports state and local education agencies, and vocational rehabilitation providers to ensure students with disabilities graduate from high school prepared to succeed in employment and postsecondary education. They provide resources, trainings, and toolkits promote best practices and evidence-based strategies for successful transition.