School-to-Work Transition Fairs go virtual in 2021
Since 2005, in response to community need, the King County School-to-Work Program (S2W) has partnered across numerous organizations to help students with developmental disabilities seek and gain employment before they leave their high school programs.
This year, S2W is excited to present its Annual Transition Fair exclusively online. As in previous years, the highly anticipated event is offered to the entire community – families, teachers, local agencies, and potential employers. The Transition Fair is designed to help students with developmental disabilities find employment before leaving their high school programs.
Participants can access online content anytime through May 31. There are a wide variety of resources, featuring new videos on the School-to-Work program, what it is and how to participate. These testimonials by students, families, schools and other community partners share how it is key to focus on employment early, what success looks like, advice for families, and how services have adapted and remain important during COVID-19.
There will be two virtual Exhibitor Expos with more than 40 community partners, including supported employment agencies for students before they leave school. Representatives will be available in virtual rooms for real-time conversations.
Like past events, attendees can learn about a wide range of services and resources, including Washington’s adult employment services system, Social Security, housing, recreation, guardianships, wills and trusts, as well as other critical information to successfully transition students to adult living.
- Tuesday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. ‑1 p.m.
- Saturday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m. ‑1 p.m.
Open Doors for Multicultural Families will be offering both support and interpreter services for the live presentations.
Open Doors provides culturally and linguistically relevant information, services, and programming to families of persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Registration gives you access to additional live presentations like the School-to-Work Program Orientation, and both Washington’s Developmental Disabilities Administration and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation on eligibility, services for youth, and their partnership with the School-to-Work Program.
- King County School-to-Work Program: Wednesday, April 21from 3:00‑4:30 p.m.
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services and School-to-Work: Tuesday, April 27 from 1‑2 p.m.
- Developmental Disabilities Administration Eligibility and Services: Wednesday, April 28 from 9‑10 a.m.
King County has been a national leader for over 20 years in promoting and supporting people with developmental disabilities to gain and maintain employment. Starting early, the School-to-Work program has supported hundreds of students to obtain employment upon leaving high school, becoming highly valued members of the workforce in hundreds of businesses in our region.
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