Presented as a Booklet and CD, the I Can Work Work Skills Curriculum is a 5 Module Program designed to integrate communication skills along with hands-on pre-vocational training in the areas of Job Readiness, Clerical, Retail, Food Service and Grocery. It is designed to introduce and educate middle school, high school and young adult age people with special needs who are interested in working in the community. To address the diverse range of student needs and learning styles each module includes a text-only version and a picture supported version for each lesson and visual supports throughout the entire program. Additionally, each activity plan has a visual support for acceptable vs. unacceptable work, a visual supported word wall, and a bank of modifications and suggestions.
This program can be implemented in a variety of settings such as a classroom, a special area class as well as in a small therapy setting. The suggested frequency for this program is two 45-minute sessions per week although this program can meet the need of any time frame allowed.
Module 1: Job Readiness
The Job Readiness Module presents the first step in a multi-layered process for introducing and educating young adults in the area of vocation. Module 1 will expose students to and teach them a range of vocation-related vocabulary, such as "time card," "professional," "coworker," "supervisor," "uniform," and "job application."
Module 2: Clerical
The Clerical Module is the first of four modules that contain hands-on, activity based plans. It exposes students to and teaches them a range of concepts, vocabulary, and jobs, related to clerical tasks in the workplace.
Module 3: Retail
The Retail Module exposes students to and teachers them a range of concepts, vocabulary, and jobs related to retail tasks in the workplace.
Module 4: Food Service
The Food Service Module exposes students to and teaches them a range of concepts, vocabulary, and jobs related to the food service tasks in the workplace.
Module 5: Grocery
The Grocery Module exposes students to and teaches them a range of concepts, vocabulary, and jobs related to the grocery tasks in the workplace.