As your child approaches adulthood, it is time to begin looking
for her dream as an independent adult.
• What activity does she seem happiest doing? Is there one
task at school or home that she seems to enjoy most?
• What obvious natural abilities toward certain tasks does
• Has she done special assignments or projects in school
that could be adapted to some kind of vocational experience?
• What is her level of physical strength and interest in
tasks that involve physical exertion?
• Is there an activity that she is more independent doing
than others? If so, can you relate that activity to a potential
Too often, older kids and adults are placed into vocational
programs because of what is available, not because of what works
best. When it doesn't work out, they are homebound or forced into
other vocational placements that may be equally frustrating to
You can build a better future for your child by tapping into
their natural skills, finding a realistic job that fits them and
working to achieve that dream.
Adapted from Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special
Needs: Everything You Need to Know to Plan for and Protect Your
Child's Future by Peggy Lou Morgan (AMACOM 2009).
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