The 2017 Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth)

The 2017 Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth)

We cannot always build the future for our children
but we can build our children for the future.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

This issue of the Buzz emphasizes resources to support your work with young people who have disabilities and their families. We’ve also included a section of resources that Parent Centers can use for resource development and staff self-care.

Our best to you all, hope you’re having a splendid summer!

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Resources for Working with Youth with Disabilities

Just updated | Students Get Involved!
This CPIR resource page will connect you and yours with resources you can use to involve students with disabilities in planning their own transitions into adulthood. It’s one part of our 8-webpage suite on Transition to Adulthood.

Fostering Self-Determination Among Children and Youth with Disabilities
The subtitle of this manual is “Ideas from parents for parents.” It asks parents: What steps might you take to encourage your child to begin to become more self-determining as they grow up? This guide provides a menu of ideas to draw upon as you consider how best to promote self-determination among your own children with disabilities.”

On the Job: Stories from Youth with Disabilities
This booklet shares the stories of six youth with disabilities “on the job,” and highlights the benefits of using natural supports in the workplace and broader community to support successful youth employment.

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Resources for Parent Centers and Other Organizations

It’s Not Selfish: 5 Self-Care Tips for the Caregiver
Parent Centers know that there’s nothing quite like caring full-time for a person living with special needs. You see it in action every day, live it yourselves in your work with families and perhaps in your own family. How does any caregiver find time for positive, healthy self-care? This article suggests ways to fit moments of self-care into even the busiest everyday schedule. Take them to heart! Share them with others, especially caregivers.

Building Evidence for Effective Programs
This new video series is aimed at nonprofit organizations and offers an easy-to-understand introduction to collecting data to build effective programs. It can also help nonprofit staff understand the steps and concepts involved in program evaluation.

Condition of Education 2018
ED’s Institute of Education Sciences has released The Condition of Education 2018 report. It includes key indicators on the condition of education in the U.S., from pre-K through postsecondary levels, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons.

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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 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, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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