Explore Work Curriculum


About the Florida Explore Work Curriculum

Who created the curriculum?

Project staff from the EmployMe1st project created this curriculum. We partnered with self-advocates from Florida to make sure that it was understandable and accessible to all people with disabilities in Florida.

Why was the curriculum created?

This curriculum was created to help self-advocates in Florida get more information about employment. The curriculum will also help people become more aware of what it is like to work in the community.

What will people learn about if they use the curriculum?

Some things Explore Work can help people understand are:

  • how having a job can make your life better,
  • how to think about the kind of job you may want,
  • who can help you get a job,
  • how to speak up for yourself,
  • how to talk about your disability,
  • how to plan for transportation, and
  • stories of people who are successful at work.

Who can I contact to get more information about the Explore Work curriculum?




How to use this curriculum

Welcome! If you’re reading this, you’re probably someone with a disability who’s interested in finding work in your community. That’s great!

You can read through this curriculum on your own, or get someone like a parent, a friend, or a support person to help you. There are lots of activities that can help you think about what jobs might be right for you.

To get started you need to decide if you want to do it online or print out the lessons.

There are two choices.

You can read each lesson on the webpage and use a blank piece of paper to write down your answers.


You can print each lesson. You need to look at the bottom of the page. Click the “printer-friendly button” and then you can print a black and white page. You may want to ask for help.

Don’t forget to go back and watch the videos if you print the pages!

You can also use this curriculum in a group. We offer classes where someone with a disability teaches a group of people how to use this curriculum. This is a fun way to do the activities and get to know other people. If you’re interested in doing this curriculum with a group, email ashley.wolfe@umb.edu or allison.hall@umb.edu.


The goal of this series is to spread information about working in the community. First, we will do some activities to get you thinking about working in the community. Next, we will get you ready to share this information with other people with disabilities.

The topics we are going to cover in this section are:

  • Reasons why people work
  • Myths about people with disabilities and work
  • How people decide what type of job they want
  • How to advocate for yourself when you are trying to find a job. This includes disclosure, asking for accommodations, and figuring out transportation.

But first, let’s do something fun!

Superhero? Firefighter? Ballet dancer? Astronaut? Scientist?

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