Open up to new possibilities and consider future vocational options & alternatives to sheltered workshops & day activity programs:

  • Competitive employment
  • Supportive employment
  • Self employment
  • Micro-enterprise
  • Job coach
  • Parent owned work co-ops
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Certificate programs


Things to be done now:

  • Career exploration is important¾both knowledge and experiences¾these can be written into the Transition IEP.
  • Look at career strengths & values and work preferences, including environments and tasks.
  • Update IEP for job accommodations.
  • Meet with teachers, the school’s transition team to discuss employment options.
  • Visit schools, training facilities and support services for additional education.


  • The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state agency that provides vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities in Illinois:, Phone: 800.843.6154, TTY: 800.447.6404, To refer someone for services online:
  • Bridges from School to Work: Develops and supports mutually beneficial job placements for community employers and young people with disabilities:  901 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60607-3023, Phone: 312-432-6240, Fax: 312-432-0230, TTY: 312-432-6248
  • Anixter Center operates employment programs for people with disabilities – from professional-level placement to job coaching and support employment in the community. 2001 N. Clybourn Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60614, (773) 973-7900 (773) 973-2180 (TTY), (773) 973-5268 (Fax),
  • Northeastern University:
  • Options for College Success: 820 Davis Street Suite 455. Evanston, IL. 60201. Phone: 847-425-4797. Fax: 847-425-4798.
  • Disabilityworks: Aims to Increase Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities in the state of Illinois at
  • Illinois Work Net: information for individuals seeking careers & employers at
  • lists 5+ million job openings, 200,000 training programs, career videos and licenses, certifications and experience requirements
  • discover jobs that match your interests, work place descriptions and identified career strengths.
  • a networking website for people with disabilities to make connections with employers.
  • look for volunteer opportunities that could give you experience in a chosen field, look great on your resume and possibly lead to a paying job.