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Education Secretary pushes for career and technical education

March 15, 2016

Washington, DC — The U.S. Education Secretary, John B. King, Jr., called on Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides funding for the nation’s career and technical education programs in secondary and post-secondary institutions.

Last year Representative Joe Kennedy III introduced the Perkins Modernization Act to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to improve career and technical education for secondary and postsecondary students.

“We’ve come a long way from what we used to refer to as vocational education” said King, “career and technical education is not just about preparing some students for successful lives and careers, it’s about giving all students the tools to shape our future.”

All students deserve educational opportunities that best prepare them after secondary school, whether it is higher education or a career. Approximately 50,000 people with autism entering adulthood each year in the United States and their access to employment opportunities and pre-employment or transition programs, like career and technical education (CTE), are critical.

Access to employment opportunities and pre-employment or transitions programs, like career and technical education, are critical for many individuals with autism to reach their fullest potential. Youth with disabilities are more likely to be successfully employed if they have acquired work and skills training during their secondary school years.

Autism Speaks continues to work closely with Rep. Kennedy, his colleagues in the House of Representatives, and members from the Senate Health, Education Labor, and Pensions committee on increasing access to quality work-based learning opportunities, earlier career guidance and exploration, and improved coordination with existing pre-employment and transition programs.

Additionally, Autism Speaks will continue to advocate for educational and employment opportunities including career and technical education programs, that best prepare individuals with autism for a lifetime of success in their pathway after secondary school.   

Read more about the benefits of career and technical education for students with autism here.

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