What Parents Need to Know about Community Integrated Employment
Cherie Takemoto, CRP Leadership Network
What do parents have to do with success for their adult children with disabilities who are employed in community-integrated employment? Plenty! Parents are key to helping people with disabilities find and keep jobs. They can locate and help to keep track of transportation schedules, medical insurance, and support services instrumental in maintaining and thriving in a community workplace. However, these aren't the most important factors in the successful employment equation. Most important, and often most difficult for parents, is standing back as their children move into adulthood -- making their own choices, bouncing back from mistakes, and celebrating their successes. This webcast will share key information about the critical roles for parents from the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center's NEXT STEPS Transition Series. NEXT STEPS Training Teams include parents, professionals, and individuals with disabilities. For the past nine years, Cherie Takemoto has served as executive director of the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), Virginia's parent support, training and information center for families of students with disabilities. Much of Takemoto's work at PEATC has focused on building partnerships to address the myriad of problems that families of children with disabilities face - especially families without the knowledge or resources it often takes to build a successful life for our most vulnerable children. Takemoto served on the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. She is committed to making sure the President's agenda of "No Child Left Behind" applies, especially to children with disabilities. She is also working to ensure that the final recommendations of the Commission truly work for schools, families and children. Takemoto is a member of Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) and University of Massachusetts Boston's Training and Technical Assistance for Providers (T-TAP) CRP Leadership Network. Takemoto has two children: her youngest son, Peter, has disabilities and is entering that important transition stage at age 14.