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In this issue, we focus on benefits of having a job, disclosing a disability at work, 45 years of IDEA, Texas College Bridge's college prep courses in math and English are online and free, and staying safe during the holidays.

TED Talk: Why Teenagers Should Get a Job

In this talk, Liz Buehl advocates to expand the teenage workforce. She shares her on-the-job experience and explains why others should get to work.

Is Part-Time Work Experience Beneficial? 

Teens can benefit from working a job in high school, or as early as they’re legally allowed to have one. Even before that, having assigned chores around the house, babysitting, dog walking and tutoring younger children are all great ways to establish a good work ethic.

But it’s not just about teaching work ethic. Here are a few other reasons a summer, or year-round job, can help teens set up a foundation for future career success:

  • Learn money-management skills, such as saving
  • Get an idea for their future career path and decide what they like (or don’t like) to do
  • Build self-confidence and develop a sense of responsibility
  • Learn basic work skills such as putting together a resume, interviewing, and working with different colleagues

To learn more read this short article for The Center for Work Ethic Development and the Job Center at Youthhood.org.

What is Self-Determination?

Should I Disclose My Disability?

Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?" This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you.

There is no one "right" time or place to disclose your disability. Select a confidential place in which to disclose, and allow enough time for the person to ask questions. Do not dwell on the limitations of your disability. 

Visit the Office of Employment Policy of the Department of Labor to learn why, how and when to talk about the "D" word.

If you would like to learn more check the ODEP Disability Disclosure Workbook, Unit 3, Page 3-1

Disability Disclosure: Advantages and Disadvantages

Texas College Bridge

Texas College Bridge Now Open
to Grade 11 Students

With Texas College Bridge you can take college prep courses in math and English, completely online and free. The courses are tailored to you, covering only the skills you need. And if you need extra help or have a question, a teacher facilitator is a click away.

Texas College Bridge is self-paced. No strict schedule, no stress and on your own time. It also includes college and career resources like financial aid information, résumé help and tips for finding the right college for you.

Learn more about Texas College Bridge.

College Preparation Timeline by Greatschools.org

Ready to Say Goodbye to 2020? 

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase across the United States, the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. 

If you will be attending a gathering that someone else is hosting, follow the advice given by the CDC and state officials:

  • Limit the number of attendees as much as possible. 
  • Host outdoor rather than indoor gatherings. 
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors. 
  • Require guests to wear masks.
  • Encourage attendees to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Treat pets as you would other human family members.
Read about how some youth with disabilities will celebrate the holidays.

If you need some movie suggestions to watch and share during the holiday break, check out Commonsense Media's Top Family Movies!

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