Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities

Joe Timmons, Joan Wills, Jennifer Kemp, Rhonda Basha, Marianne Mooney


A guide helping practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in secondary and postsecondary education programs, transition programs, One-Stop Career Centers, youth employment programs, and community rehabilitation programs improve services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. It includes numerous quick reference charts, tables, and tools for counselors, career advisors, and other professionals who work directly with youth. In-depth information is provided on a variety of topics, including the types and impact of learning disabilities, needed supports, and research-based interventions. The guide is intended to increase awareness of the fact that the workforce development system serves many youth with learning disabilities that have not been identified and others who know they have a learning disability but choose not to disclose. Many of the strategies and approaches advocated in this guide are based on universal design, making them useful to all youth, whether with or without disabilities.

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Resource Guide 
Institute for Educational Leadership
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Paraprofessional and teacher development
    • Student learning strategies
    • Transition planning
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Employment and workforce development
  • Specific disability
    • Learning disabilities