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Transitions and Challenges: Adulthood and the Job Market

We’re only children for 18 years. What’s next for your loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD)?

While entering the job market and adulthood can present a challenge to your loved one with IDD (such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) or Prader-Willi Syndrome), Minnesota has much to offer in terms of support options and informational resources for people of all abilities, including assistance with starting adulthood and finding work. Whether your loved one is looking to live independently or with family, check out some of these resources for a glimpse into what support is available.

The PACER Center’s Project Launch

Through the PACER Center, Project Launch offers information and resources for transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities on career exploration, employment and vocational rehabilitation.

LBSA’s Family Navigation Services Program

Family Navigation Services from Laura Baker Services Association offers a variety of disability support services, including helping you work with employment services and assess what career path fits with your goals. We can also assist you in planning for the other parts of life for an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability, such as housing, social activities and all that comes with daily living.

Housing Benefits 101

Housing Benefits 101 is a great way to learn about housing options, payment methods and in-home care services for an adult with special needs.

Employment Services in Minnesota

Employment services in Minnesota that specialize in working with individuals that have intellectual and developmental disabilities include Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Employment First, Epic Enterprise and Kaposia.

The Minnesota Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Minnesota Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services can also help with job counseling, skill development, training and finding housing as well as Independent Living Skills (ILS) services for individuals with disabilities.

More Information and Support

If you’re interested in a FREE consultation with our Lead Family Navigator to see what services and supports are available to you, you can get in touch right now.

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Sam Gershman

Sam Gershman

Family Navigation Specialist

Main: 507-645-8866 Direct: 507-581-7078