Whose Future Is It Anyway? (2nd edition)

Subtitled “A Student-Directed Transition Planning Process,” Whose Future Is It Anyway? helps prepare students for their IEP meetings and gain self-determination skills through six sections that contain 36 lesson sessions. The lesson package comes with a Coach’s Guide that outlines the lessons, how to teach them, the roles of the students and teachers, as well as expected outcomes.

Self-Advocacy: Find the Captain in You!

Follow two hosts with dry humor on their morning news talk show, Midday In The Valley, as they explore and discover the powerful force of a term called: Self Advocacy. Covering two interviews and speaking with their ever helpful side kick, Captain Self Advocacy , they come to understand why understanding what you’re good at, what you need assistance with, and how to effectively communicate with people in life is very important for everyone, especially youth with disabilities. Remember: Nothing About You Without You!

Watch the video.


SABE Webinars

SABE stands for Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered. Their webinars cover quite a range of topics promoting self-advocacy ! You’ll find webinars on disability awareness (“look through our eyes”), to staying safe (“building a safety net for yourself”), to many aspects of self-advocacy (“people taking responsibility for advocacy in their own lives” and “to boldl go where all have gone before”).

Find the webinars here.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)

NYLN is a youth-led and youth-driven national non-profit organization to promote youth leadership and education. It is the national voice for young leaders with disabilities. There’s a lot here for youth with disabilities to explore, use, and share.

Youthhood is a  not-to-be-missed website for youths. This fun and engaging site will remind students with disabilities that they are not alone as they explore the community and build a future. It’s chock-full of great resources and information. Introduce young people to the site by starting with “What Can I Do Here?”

Visit the website here.

Project STIR

Here, find a collection of materials written for youth with disabilities, starting with Speak Up, which talks about self-advocacy and why it’s important. Then have a look at the Speak Up Materials, which include an action manual for peer team leaders to use when working with other youth. The manual includes activities, scenes and role plays, resources, and discussion ideas.

Explore the website.

KASA (Kids As Self Advocates)

KASA empowers youth to learn how to advocate for themselves and others through better knowledge of school, health care, technology, and other current issues related to youth. It connects an online community of youth with disabilities making a difference.

Becoming a Self-Advocate

This resource comes from The Strength of Us, an online community for young adults impacted by mental health issues. The resource covers a lot of ground, beginning with why self-advocacy is important and a bullet-list of the rights that young people have when it comes to the mental health services and supports they need. Solid suggestions and many links are given for how to learn more about self-advocacy. The reading level may be a bit high for some youth.

Access the resource here.