Vicki Lundine and Catherine Smith,
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
STAR RATING: 4/5
Dealing with the barriers to employment for young disabled people shows how important career planning is, writes Colette Eaton.
Lundine and Smith provide a work experience curriculum for students with autistic spectrum disorders and offer a range of topics for discussion and work, including self-awareness, decisionmaking and career awareness.
Each chapter provides the basis for a logical scheme of work with suggestions for activities and photocopiable resources. There is also guidance on supporting students to construct a portfolio of their work experience.
The activities are constructive and the clearly written resources could be used in a mainstream class. However, there is a lack of career planning materials that provide age-appropriate pictorial representations of the world of work. Unfortunately, these resources assume a high level of literacy and communication ability and would need significant adaptation for students with more complex needs.
Fundamentally, this is a good pack which covers more than just compiling a CV and writing a covering letter. However, its value as a “specialist” resource is limited.
Colette Eaton is a support manager
for students with learning disabilities,