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Families’ Role in Work-Based Learning Experiences (Fast Facts - VCU Center on Transition Innovations, CTI)


Families play a crucial role in preparing their child for college and careers through valuable work-based learning (WBL) experiences. WBL facilitates supervised experiences for students with disabilities organized by schools and vocational rehabilitation agencies in real work settings. These experiences help students develop interests and skills for employment.

Work-based learning experiences connect classroom learning and real-world work to improve students’ chances of securing competitive, integrated employment. In addition to school staff, families play a crucial role in planning and supporting high-quality, work-based learning. Let’s explore specific activities families can do at home, school, and community settings to support their child’s WBL experiences.


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