The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Overview

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014  and it replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and retains and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Read the overview of the WIOA here.

Autodefensa: Una habilidad valiosa para su hijo adolescente con DA

Es importante que los niños aprendan técnicas de autodefensa para tener éxito en todas las etapas de sus vidas. En el pasado, la autodefensa era un término aplicado principalmente a adultos con discapacidades, pero recientemente se ha hecho más énfasis en la enseñanza de esta técnica a preadolescentes y adolescentes. Este artículo ofrece consejos para desarrollar técnicas de autodefensa.

Dude, Where’s my Transition Plan?

Speaking directly to youth with disabilities, this 28-page booklet comes from STEP, the PTI for Tennessee. In addition to multiple transition planning worksheets, the booklet also includes several checklists and discussions of self-advocacy.

Access the booklet here. 

In the Driver’s Seat: Six Workshops to Help with Transition Planning and Self Advocacy

From the Vermont Family Network, In the Driver’s Seat is a series of six workshops for youth in transition from high school to adult life. Although this curriculum is suitable for all students, it was developed for students with special needs particularly those with development disabilities. During the workshops, youth experience hands-on learning that helps them achieve adult, life goals. With encouragement and support, young adults identify their skills, interests, and needs, and work toward improving their ability to self

Self Advocacy: My Health, My Choice, My Responsibility

My Health, My Choice, My Responsibility is an eight session curriculum-based group training program focusing on advocating for healthy choices on a daily basis. The emphasis is on gaining knowledge to make informed choices and the skills and tools needed to speak up for good health. Topics include being a self-advocate at medical appointments, physical activity, nutrition, being safe and healthy at home, and feelings. Participants learn the material through discussions, exercises, and visual aids.

ME! Lessons for Teaching Self-Awareness & Self-Advocacy

The ME! Lessons were developed to help educators teach students critical transition skills. It’s quite a comprehensive package. There are 23 lessons in all, with each taking about 45-60 minutes to complete (not including extension activities). Lesson 1 focuses specifically on self-advocacy. Other lessons help students learn their rights, improve their communication skills, and learn how to advocate for themselves in high school, on the job, and in a postsecondary education setting. Each lesson plan includes student objectives, materials, lesson opening, procedures, closure, and student evaluation.