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Hi all: I have a son who will be in 12th grade next year. He has some LDs and ADHD. Because he is challenged at school, he has begun to dread and dislike it. I am hopeful he will finish next year, pass and get his high school diploma. But what then? He absolutely doesn't want to go to any college, university or technical school as he is fed up and frustrated with the school environment. But I feel like he needs to have some learning/structure/career training. Anything vocational training that requires testing of any kind is worrisome because he fails a majority of tests. His major area of interest is fishing and we live in Florida but he has tried and tried to get a job on the fishing boats here to no avail (they are mostly family-owned and operated and it's hard to get "in"). He has tried for part time work in the area as well at many of the usual places such as grocery stores, Walmart, fishing specialty stores and movie theaters. He apparently didn't do well in the interviews as he has not gotten a single offer, even for part time work. All very frustrating for him and worrisome for us. Can anyone offer advice on a potential plan of action or resources that we could take advantage of for a soon-to-be graduated LD, ADHD, non-college goer? I'm in undiscovered territory and would love to have some input. Many thanks. Joy

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