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“I’m Determined” Website

A project of the VA Department of Education, the I’m Determined website offers resources for youth, families, and educators around self-determination. Self-determination is about youth with disabilities taking control of their lives. Resources include videos, modules, a transition guide, downloadable brochures, and more. Access the website at: http://www.imdetermined.org/ More Details About the Site and Its Resource […]

Bullying

Resources updated, May 2020 Bullying is a serious problem with horrible consequences if left unchecked. The good news is that you can do lots to stop it. We hope that the resources listed below are useful to you in that effort. _______________________ Facts about bullying. The federal government has a website dedicated to preventing bullying […]

How Guardianship and Alternatives Impact the Autonomy of People with ID/DD

Turning Rights Into Reality: How Guardianship and Alternatives Impact the Autonomy of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is an authoritative report submitted by the National Council on Disability to the President and Congress as part of the Council’s independent advisory role. The report examines the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), and how the use of alternatives such as supported decision-making enable some individuals with ID/DD to exercise greater self-determination and economic self-sufficiency. Access the report here.

Buzz from the Hub | Fostering Self-Determination Skills

This issue of the Buzz shares 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.

Independent Living Connections

Resources updated, March 2019 Independent living is about life, isn’t it? It’s about choice, seeing to your own affairs, and pursuing your talents, interests, passions, and selfhood as independently as possible. We all would like to see our young people grow to adulthood and find their place in the world, doing for themselves to the […]

Leadership is a Journey: A Series for Youth Self-Advocates | Webinars

(2018) | Useful to youth with disabilities and to Parent Centers and others working with youth self-advocates The National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships (NCFPP), in collaboration with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Kids As Self-Advocates, and Youth MOVE, offers a webinar series that supports the identification of leadership as a journey and supports understanding and learning […]

Students Get Involved!

Resources updated, June 2018 There’s a very simple and common sense reason why IDEA 2004 requires that students with disabilities be invited to attend every IEP meeting where postsecondary transition goals will be considered: It’s their lives. And those lives are changing. Adulthood is approaching, and with it will come a world of responsibilities and […]

Best Practices in Self-Advocacy Skill Building

Links updated, March 2019 The Parent Center network has a common list of 14 priority topics we are expected to address. The list comes to us from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. Welcome to the Hub page that focuses on the priority topic of “best practices in self-advocacy skills building.” […]

What’s Important to Native Youth?

This summary infographic presents the findings of the 2017 State of Native Youth Report: Our Identities as Civic Power, from the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY). It will support Parent Centers in: (1) working with youth with disabilities who are American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN); (2) understanding what Native youth have identified as the major issues facing young people in their community; (3) expanding outreach to and relationships with Native communities; and (4) adapting youth-oriented trainings to include Native voices that will resonate with AI/AN youth.

Civic Engagement Toolbox for Self-Advocates

(2017, February) | Useful to Parent Centers and other groups that work with advocates and self-advocates to become involved in political advocacy. From the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAH), this series of plain language toolkits focus on the basics of civic engagement. Civic engagement means actively participating in our democracy. The entire toolkit series is available at: […]

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