Preparing students with disabilities to transition into independence and the workplace are important roles for teachers, therapists, and caregivers. It is important to support students by helping them identify their individual strengths and weaknesses and to provide feedback regarding areas of improvement so that they are set up for vocational success. This quick checklist provides information that can be used to determine some of the student's strengths and weaknesses during vocationally-related tasks and to better help the student and their family identify job qualities that are best suited for the student.
How to use this checklist:
1. Provide the student(s) with a work task (e.g., sorting mail, stocking shelves, packing and shipping items)
2. Observe the student as they work on the task, using the checklist as a guide to take notes
3. If possible, provide the student with another task (up to 3 or 4), using a new checklist for each observation
4. Review the information to get a picture of the student's areas of strength and development
5. Use this information to determine goals for improvement or to determine jobs that may be appropriate