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Vocational Education includes the development of independent living skills and pre-vocational orientation. Adolescents with hearing losses may experience difficulty in developing independent living skills and in making realistic occupational choices for themselves. Each student’s individual needs are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
As an example, money management is integrated into math classes. Work habits, such as punctuality and preparedness, are requirements for each component of the daily schedule.
Relationships with local businesses in the community such as restaurants and a park district assist students in defining and matching their skills with job expectations and responsibilities. Students become aware of realistic goals within the community. Classroom learning supports growth in vocabulary and concepts and skills associated with work. The combination of academic learning and real-life experiences enhance the student’s ability to be more successful within the world of work.
Experiences within this area are individualized and are divided into work skills projects and part or full time employment. Activities may include, but are not limited to, price rate projects, work adjustment groups, and transitional or competitive supported employment.