By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert
There are 20 crucial technology skills the middle school student with cerebral palsy (CP) you’re mentoring needs to start learning now in preparation for tomorrow’s job market.
The first 19 of these skills are part of an evaluation form developed for Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) training by the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
I added an additional skill geared toward online accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
Using a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 as “poor,” 3 as “average” and 5 as “outstanding, I recommend employing the following list of technology skills as a tool to evaluate your own standing as a career-coaching parent and then compare your results to your youngster’s own self-appraisal.
You may believe your middle school student is much more technologically savvy than you are, but instructors at the high school and college levels report that today's students may know what to do but don't necessarily understand the basic technological principles about how today's gadgets work.
Understanding "why" may be just as important as knowing "how" as we move deeper into technology during this second decade of the 21st Century.
And, of course, this list of technological skills is not cast in stone. Help your middle school student add to it and modify it as technology changes so he or she will be up-to-date when it comes time to enter the job market. Make this list of skills a living document.
Remember -- it’s not always important to be highly competent in each area. It may be sufficient enough just to know where to get expertise to carry out the particular function when it is needed.
So, in addition to updating this crucial technology list periodically, add links behind each competency that you find which can provide that expertise.
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Originally written and illustrated by Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, who, as a person with cerebral palsy, served for 10 years as a vice president in a Fortune 500 company during his 29-year career in corporate communication. He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and author of 14 Amazon books about disability awareness and disability employment issues.