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Useful to: Parents Centers and service providers working with families of young adults and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Center for Future Planning, a resource provided by the Arc, encourages adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to plan for the future. The Center provides information and assistance to individuals […]

(2016) | Useful to: Parent Centers and other service organizations who wish to include youth and young adults in their programs and services. A critical element in developing any program or research project is the perspective of the populations it will affect. For young people on the path to adulthood and self-sufficiency, this is even more important, because […]

(2017) | Useful to youth with and without disabilities who are interested in connecting with each other and with promoting the youth voice in decision making. Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) is a youth-led national peer advocacy organization committed to promoting the growth and development of youth who are involved in mental […]

(2017, February) | Useful to Parent Centers and others working with adolescents to promote their skills of self-regulation. Self-regulation refers to one’s ability to manage emotions and impulses. Adolescence and young adulthood are times of both risk and opportunity with regard to self-regulation. This 6-page brief describes the importance of self-regulation for adolescents and young adults […]

(2017, February) | Useful to Parent Centers and others working with children and adolescents to cultivate their skills of self-regulation. Self-regulation refers to one’s ability to manage emotions and impulses. This 3-page brief discusses how self-regulation develops over time from birth through young adulthood and then highlights 7 key principles that summarize a framework for understanding how self-regulation […]

(2016) | Useful to Parent Centers, families, youth with disabilities, and educators working with students with disabilities who could benefit from using assistive technology. This 4-page resource helps families involve teens and young adults in learning about and selecting assistive technology (AT). An important goal for older students is to understand the areas in which technology […]

(2016, Fall) | This newsletter in English and Spanish from the PEAL Center in Pennyslvania is an excellent motivator for young people (and the rest of us!) to vote, explaining why their vote matters and what effect it can have. The newsletter also includes: an Ask Cindy column for first-time voters a “Voters with Disabilities […]

(June 2016) Useful to Parent Centers, schools, and families in supporting early learning of self-determination skills and planning for life after high school. All young adults who are deaf-blind need extensive transition planning and services in order to experience success in adult life. Transition Institutes have historically sought to bring together young adults and their […]

(2016, March) | Useful to military families and to Parent Centers working with military families. This extensive resource page comes from the Military Parent Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC), also known as the Branch. The Branch is funded by OSEP to help Parent Centers increase their visibility with, and support for, military families within their communities. The […]

(2013) | Useful to Parent Centers, schools, and families in supporting early learning of self-determination skills and planning for life after high school. This 26-page handbook, subtitled Planning for Life After High School, deals with the skills that students will need no matter what option they choose after high school. Self-determination is a mix of […]