How parents can help youth with disabilities find employment Back to Tips and tools Share this tip sheet: For Parents/Guardians Ways you can help young people with disabilities find employment DOWNLOAD THIS PDF Communicate with your teen about their interests, strengths, and sources of motivation. Encourage your teen to participate in activities (recreation, volunteering, co-op programs) that help them identify their employment goals. Discuss and support your teen’s decisions about when, if or how much they want to work. Learn how to job search and support your teen with weekly job search goals. Practice life skills with your teen, such as making choices, problem solving, managing stress, navigating transportation, and communicating. Support your teen with establishing routines (making lunch at night, planning transportation). Connect your teen with supports like job preparation classes and workshops. Research with your teen educational and post-secondary programs through colleges or universities that support people with disabilities.