When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.  

~Audre Lorde

Our last Buzz shared resources for those considering employment as an option for youth with disabilities transitioning into adulthood. We are pleased to build on that theme in this issue of the Buzz. This time, we share resources to help foster young people’s self-determination and self-advocacy skills.

Self-determination skills are important to us all; they are a vital part of making choices, setting goals, and speaking up for ourselves. This is certainly true for our children with disabilities. As they move into the adult world, the choices will be theirs to make. These resources are meant to support them in their very personal journey.

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam


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Best Practices in Self-Advocacy Skill Building
We’ve just updated this priority page on the Hub. Come here to learn more about self-advocacy; find resources for youth themselves; and find fact sheets, toolkits, and training materials on this subject. How about resources created within our very own Parent Center network? Materials in other languages? All here!

There’s a Webinar, too!
CPIR hosted a 2015 webinar on self-advocacy skill building, featuring Josie Badger as the presenter. If you’ve never met Josie or heard her story in her own voice, here’s your chance. Her story is riveting.

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The title screen in CADRE's seriesYour Journey to Self-Determination
This accessible, online series from CADRE provides short introductions to key concepts and skills needed to support students in becoming self-determined and engaging in one’s educational planning. The 6 courses in the series highlight topics such as finding your voice, managing emotion and conflict, collaborative problem solving, and educational planning meetings. Materials include a facilitator’s guide, handouts for youth, and student quizzes.

Promoting Self-Determination in Youth with Disabilities: Tips for Families and Professionals
Handy 1-pager! This resource is perfect to hang on your refrigerator, so you’re reminded every day of the multitude of ways and moments parents and others have to promote the self-determination skills of their children.

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Debi, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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