Family engagement is key to successful employment and life planning, with parents and siblings often leading their family members with disabilities on the path to employment through their own role modeling and encouragement. Despite what literature says about the true importance of family engagement , many parents lack the knowledge needed to meaningfully participate in employment planning. One critical gap is thinking about financial well-being for their family member with a disability. This session will provide an overview of themes and strategies identified through research on engaging individuals and families in employment planning, followed by a discussion on key gaps around employment engagement and solicit ideas and perspectives about the best ways to partner with families.
A presentation at Shaping the Future: 2016 National Convention & International Forum, a joint event on the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families hosted by The Arc of the United States and Inclusion International. October 27-29, 2016.