As I speak with districts about ramping up for the 21st century, special education teachers and directors have asked me several times lately:

What will the role of adults with special needs be in the new economy? In particular, how do we prepare students with cognitive disabilities to participate and function in this new era?

Although assistive technologies can actually help some individuals with disabilities be productive learners / workers, I believe the concern here is that many of the lower-skill jobs traditionally held by employable adults with cognitive disabilities may go overseas where wages and benefits are lower.

My knowledge of workforce training for students with cognitive disabilities is virtually nil. Anyone have any thoughts on this?