Roadmap for Inclusion: A Collaborative Digital Skills Training Model for Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Roadmap for Inclusion: A Collaborative Digital Skills Training Model for Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities

A report from the Moody's Foundation and Cooke School and Institute, a nonprofit provider of special education services in New York City for students age  5 to 21, offers guidance for creating a collaborative digital skills training program for young adults with disabilities. The report, Roadmap for Inclusion: A Collaborative Digital Skills Training Model for Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities (41 pages, PDF), outlines the latest trends in recruiting neuro-diverse talent in IT and other industries, the most important "gatekeeper" digital skills needed to be a successful job candidate, and opportunities for educators and businesses to support professional growth for individuals who can bring innovation and productivity to the workforce through Cooke's Digital Skills for the Workplace Model. The model incorporates a digital skills training program with internships focused on applied learning; instruction in essential skills, including soft skills and real-world experience; ongoing bi-directional feedback between educators and employers; and onboarding and on-the-job support to help employers implement inclusive practices and accommodations. "As businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies document the benefits of hiring neuro-diverse employees," the report's authors write, "awareness [is growing] about the positive outcomes that can be derived, both in terms of productivity and workplace culture."