Career Readiness

PYD’s Career Readiness Program is an inclusive job-readiness program that addresses barriers to employment for youth and young adults with disabilities. This program has existed for over 20 years and impacts the lives of over 100 youth annually.

Our Career Readiness Program addresses barriers to employment via a three-tiered curriculum involving academic learning, real-world experiences, and mentoring. The curriculum is based upon the principles of Universal Design for Learning and includes flexible goals, methods, materials, assessments, and accommodations for learning differences.

We are currently teaching our career readiness curriculum in 7+ Boston Public School classrooms, plus offering a community after-school program. This after-school program consists of weekly workshops, job shadow experiences, and career exploration activities. Sign up today to take part!

Youth Requirements

  • Resident of the Greater Boston Area
  • Between the ages of 14-22 with a documented disability
  • Must attend high school or post-secondary programming

Program Details

  • Enrollment is rolling, so sign up anytime
  • Monthly calendars are available with days and times for each workshop and event
  • Meetings occur at community locations in Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston

Program Contacts

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Lindsay Alperin

Career Readiness Director
(On leave through November 2019)

Phone: 617-556-4075 x125


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Steve Slowinski

Acting Career Readiness Director
National Inclusion Manager & IT Quality Administrator

Phone: 617-556-4075 x126


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Becca Cronin

Pre-Employment Program Administrator

Phone: 617-556-4075 x131


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Joanna Dumas

Career Readiness Specialist

Phone: 617-556-4075 x127


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Mehdi Raoufi

Pre-Employment Specialist

Phone: 617-556-4075 x130