Self-advocacy | Youth


Civic Engagement Toolbox for Self-Advocates

(2017, February) | Useful to Parent Centers and other groups that work with advocates and self-advocates to become involved in political advocacy. From the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAH), this series of plain language toolkits focus on the basics of civic engagement. Civic engagement means actively participating in our democracy. The entire toolkit series is available at: […]

Charting the LifeCourse Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help caregivers understand the value of respite, learn from real life examples, and create a respite plan that enhances the lives of all family members. It’s meant for family caregivers of a child or adult with a disability, chronic condition, or functional limitation (or professionals who work with family caregivers). The toolkit, which is available in English and Spanish, is built upon the Charting the LifeCourse Framework, which was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages: (a) develop a vision for a good life, (b) think about what they need to know and do, (c) identify how to find or develop supports, and (d) discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper July 2007 (see Editor’s note, below)   ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Editor’s note | January 2018 | This module was first produced by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) in 2007. NICHCY no longer exists, and most […]

Student with a Disability on the IEP Team

Most recently reviewed, August 2017 This info in Spanish | Esta información en español Table of Contents What IDEA says Who decides if the student attends the meeting? Resources for involving students in IEP meetings What IDEA Says Operating on the premise that the student with a disability—who is the focus of all this […]

ABLE National Resource Center Website

The ABLE National Resource Center aims to educate individuals with disabilities and their families, ABLE program administrators, financial institutions, and other relevant stakeholders about the benefits of ABLE accounts. On its website, find state-by-state ABLE program updates and side-by-side comparisons of ABLE program components. There are also videos and webinars, as well as FAQs and summaries of rules and regulations.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits for Transition Age Youth

2014 | This webcast, produced by the VCU RRTC*, provides a summary of the eligibility requirements for the most common Social Security benefits received by transition-age youth: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Child’s Benefits, and Childhood Disability Benefits. Instruction is provided about how to begin the application process for each benefit as well as what to expect during the application process.

What You Need To Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18

This booklet was produced by the Social Security Administration for youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their parents, teachers, health providers, caregivers, or representatives. It helps youth prepare for the transition from school to adult life and provides information on the many services and types of supports available from Social Security and other federal and state agencies as youth prepare to transition to higher education and employment.

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