The key component of a successful life is to have a vision of what you want your life to look like.
The role of the inclusion facilitator is to support alumni and families to:
Where on-going support may be required, inclusion facilitators have experience in working with families to hire and train their personal inclusion support staff.
4. Career Choices and Post Graduation
Colleges and Universities are hubs of opportunities and support services explicitly geared towards students' academic, social, emotional and career success. The Ryerson University Student Affairs website provides a snapshot of the all encompassing support they provide to their students and which is typical of all campuses.
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How the alumni will engage in life, and what activities, interests and careers they will have, will look different for each individual as will how that is supported.For some alumni support will be minimal and infrequent, while others may require more support to consolidate the inclusive life they started to lay down the foundation for at college/university.
Today, we have the expectation that people with developmental disabilities will find gainful employment. While historically that has not been the case, today we are redefining what the term gainful means. Previously "gainful employment" referred to individual working to increase their personal wealth or resources. More and more it is coming to mean where one is not only paid for the work they do, but also a place where they find community and are valued for their contributions.
Adults with developmental disabilities entering the workforce, are generally expected to work in limited entry level positions with no hope of advancement. Students supported to live an inclusion, coherent, life are challenging those assumptions and seeking positions which are pathways to developing a career, community and advancement.