School-Age and Post-Secondary

Discover Learn Work Career Training Services


From 2012-2018, the UCEDD had provided community training and technical assistance to Discover Learn Work (DLW) Career Training Services, a service of Ability Beyond, Inc., one of our community partner organizations. DLW provides inclusive, community-based transition and career training services to adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum differences, autistic-like presentations, mental health/behavioral challenges, and other developmental disabilities.

The Values Underlying the DLW Project

  • Employment First because employment leads to other valued life outcomes
  • ALL can work (and it is always preferable to be paid with benefits) given customized employment and support
  • Services to the unique individuals served must be grounded in trauma-informed and relationship-based positive behavior supports as well as an understanding of the movement, anxiety, communication, and sensory brain differences in autism
  • The presumption of competence with recognition of neurodiversity
  • The celebration of diversity and recognition that one size does not fit all
  • Individualized, person-centered career planning building on each participant’s strengths, interests, preferences, and skills


The Ability Beyond Transition Services website


Rammler, L. H., & Ouimette, M. L. (2016). Where common core meets effective transition: You can have a job. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 44, 249-256. DOI: 10.3233/JVR-160795

Ouimette, M., & Rammler, L. H. (2017). Entrepreneurship as a means to Employment First: How can it work?. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 46, 333-339. DOI: 10.3233/JVR-170870