The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the U.S. Department of Labor has developed a curriculum focused on work readiness and interpersonal (soft) skills for youth ages 14-21, including youth with disabilities. The curriculum, Skills to Pay the Bills, includes introductory materials, including information on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and tips for improving access for youth with disabilities. Soft skills are grouped into six categories with multiple lesson activities that are creative, hands-on and reflect universal design for learning principles. The six soft skill categories include the following:
The curriculum can be downloaded as one large document or individually by soft skill topic. Seven short (2-3 minute) videos are available: a synopsis of the curriculum and one video for each of the skill categories. The curriculum is also available in Spanish.
Access all of the Skills to Pay the Bills materials here.