"FIRE: Flexing Independence and Retaining Employment," is a 9-week group skills training opportunity to provide introductory virtual skills training in social skills to make good impressions to employers, career exploration, and how to access job search services and community resources available to help in reaching employment and independent living goals.

This FREE training is available to any student with a disability ages 14-22.  Participation in all sessions is encouraged.

  • Week 1: First Impressions Matter: Speaker from UNT Wise to teach how to make a good first impression in interviews, internships, job fairs etc. Including etiquette regarding mask wearing, shaking hands, video conferencing.

  • Week 2 and 3: Job Exploration: Identifying how to begin job exploration and skill development. Speaker will provide resource and activity to be completed before 2nd week. Person Centered planning speaker will address

  • Week 4: Workplace Readiness: Community resource panel. This will give parents and students access and information to the different types of services available to support their job and independent living needs. 

  • Week 5: Workplace Readiness and Self Advocacy: Disability Understanding and disclosure. Teaching how to know your diagnosis and when it is appropriate to share your personal information. Will learn tips and tricks for asking for what you need so you can be successful. UNT Wise

  • Week 6: Workplace Readiness: Virtual Interviewing: Texas Workforce Solutions Tarrant County. Interviewing tips for entry level positions. Trainers will role play examples of what good interviewing looks like and employer expectations.     

  • Week 7: Workplace Readiness: Adaptive Aids for employment. Students and parents will learn about what resources are available to access adaptive aids and what types of adaptive aids are available.

  • Week 8: Workplace Readiness: Money Management/Able Accounts, SSI. Students and parents will learn about Work Incentives for SSI recipients while in school and after they get out of school. They will learn about how to save money if they are on benefits so that it does not impact their benefits.

  • Week 9: Self Advocacy: Self Determination/Parent Session on preparing how to encourage their students independence.  Students will learn about how to make a plan and advocate for what they need to make their career and life choices a reality. Parents will learn ways they can empower their child towards independence and employment.

Certificates of Attendance Available for All Registrants.



FIRE: Flexing Independence and Retaining Employment, is a group skills training curriculum in partnership with Texas Workforce Solutions.  Elements included on registration are needed for federal reporting.

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