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   YOUTH LEADERSHIP NEWS   

Thank you for attending one of our Youth Leadership trainings! In this month's issue, we are sharing resources to help you learn more about self-advocacy, employment and your rights.

Watch Rossie Stone's journey from a child with dyslexia to the founder of Dekko Comics. https://youtu.be/DnTiPdzrw_o

Leadership is a Journey: A Series for 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 in key leadership development areas. The webinar series includes:

Webinar 1 & 2: Knowing Yourself as a Leader 
These first sessions explore how personal reflection and self-assessment helps each of us increase our understanding of our personal leadership style. Examples of reflection and assessment activities are provided and include personal experiences from advocates for youth.

Webinar 3 & 4: What is my Culture? What are my Values?
Each of us has a personal leadership style and leadership journey. This is shaped by personal values and culture. The next sessions in the leadership journey series focus on defining culture and values and how each connects to leadership.

Webinar 5: Cultural Perspectives on Self-Care in Leadership 
How do you create an environment that is supportive of each person’s values and cultural perspectives on self-care? The purpose of this session is to explore person-driven approaches to self-care. The webinar shares concrete and inclusive practices that emerging young leaders can adopt that embrace diverse perspectives and collective approaches to community and self-care.

Access the webinar series, at:
http://familyvoices.org/event/leadership-is-a-journey-webinar-series-%EF%BB%BFfor-youth-self-advocates/

Tips for Parents

Promoting Self-Determination in the Home
Here are 10 ways that families can play a critical role in teaching their son or daughter to be self-determined. From the The National Gateway to Self-Determination.
Read full article >

Transition to Adult Health Care: Tips for Families
From Parent to Parent of Georgia comes this handy 2-page brief for families on ways to support their youth’s moving from pediatric health care to adult health care. A companion brief called Embedding Health Goals into the IEP is especially helpful when the young person has special health care needs.
Learn more >

Starting with Me: A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers

Looking for a job? First, look inside yourself. Starting with Me: A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers is a career development guide to help you make satisfying job choices. Finding satisfying work doesn’t usually just happen by applying for a job in the newspaper. The process involves several phases– and it all begins with you.
https://www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=54&type=topic&id=11

How to Write a Resume

Your resume is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn't matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have - if your resume is poorly presented or badly written, you're going to have trouble getting the job you want - or even an interview.
https://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/applying-for-a-job/what-is-a-resume/how-to-write-a-resume

Speaking Up as a Young Person With Disability

Watch this inspirational video as youth with disabilities discuss how they became self-advocates. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUP4pMj0i-Q

What Youth with Mental Health Needs Should Know About Accommodations

Starting a job can be difficult for any young person. If you happen to have a hidden disability, such as a mental health impairment, a new workplace can be overwhelming. If you have ever felt this way, you are not alone.  

This fact sheet from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides guidance to assist you with a successful transition into the workforce by answering questions regarding disclosure, accommodations and resources. 
https://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/transitioning.htm

Tips for Parents

Building a Resume: Tips for Youth with Disabilities
Tips for young people with disabilities and their families on effective
strategies for building the first resume
Learn more >

A Guide to Disability Rights

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted 28 years ago  reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities (56 millions Americans) have the right to live, work, and fully participate in the community alongside with their fellow citizens. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability.  Learn more at https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm

Featured Resource

Youth Engaged 4 Change

This website encourages youth and young adults to shape programs, policies and services affecting them. 

Visit the Youth Engaged 4 Change website >
The contents of this newsletter were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M150022, #H328M150023, #H328M150024. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government..
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