TEC is a vocational training program for adolescents and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) which braids together rights based training that promotes community awareness and encourages self-determination while teaching valuable practical “soft” and “hard” vocational skills. Learning modules that focus on multiple modes of communication-infographics, podcast, videography, and in person presentations provides opportunities for participants, transition age students and
young adults with IDD, to learn 21st century technology and communication skills that enhance personal portfolios and professional connections.
The program promotes self-advocacy and activism through a variety of structured and unstructured modes of engaging with professionals and community members. Throughout the program, participants are provided opportunities for self-direction by choosing the communication foundation (infographic, podcast, videography, in-person presentations) to focus their learning and community outreach.
The goal of the program is to empower people with IDD to
1) communicate for themselves
2) create community awareness and relationships,
3) acquire vocational skills that leads to a fulfilling career
Through the cultivation of individual talents and promotion of self-determination skills,
people with IDD foster unity and promote attitudes of inclusion. The relationships fostered with communities can support employment for people with IDD in multiple ways. Members of the community, employers and business leaders learn the positive impacts that employing humans with diverse abilities have throughout our communities.