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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.


Self-Advocacy Video for Students

A must-see, fresh and entertaining video created by the Figureheads in collaboration with the youth attending the Young Self-Advocates of Wisconsin 2013, features the song Speak Up for Yourself!

Steps for Fixing a Problem Where Everyone Is Happy

Conflicts (when people disagree) can happen when advocating for change or when people are trying to work together. Here are tips on how to fix a problem where everyone can be happy with the solution.

Self-Advocacy Online

Check out the Learn About Self Advocacy section for videos on topics such as Speaking Up, Relationships, Getting Organized, and Living a Healthy Lifestyle.

Visit the Self-Advocacy Online website at

4 Steps for Stronger Self-Advocacy

A self-advocate is someone who speaks up for themselves.  This fact sheet includes steps will help you become a stronger self-advocate.

Tips for Parents

Power-up! Empowerment as a way of life
The challenge – for us – and for our kids, is to live empowered lives – not just at a conference – or some day in the future – but right now – today – every day.  Here are some questions we can ask – and practical things we can do – to make empowerment a way of life. Read full article >

PYLN Transition Toolkit
This toolkit engages youth in getting to know themselves well, setting goals, and taking action for their own future. The toolkit includes three sections: Phase One – Accept Yourself, Phase Two – Declare Yourself, and Phase Three – Empower yourself Download the toolkit >


"Going to Work" Video Series

What’s next for you after high school? Need cash? You’re probably either going to go right to work, or to college and then work.

Meet six young people with diverse interests, perspectives, talents, and disabilities who have learned about networking, disability disclosure, interviewing, and job accommodations through first hand experience. They tell it like it is in the brand new “Going to Work” video series by Wisconsin Youth First.

Each brief video focuses on a different employment topic:
  1. Meet the characters
  2. Understanding your disability/ self advocacy
  3. Disclosing your disability
  4. Job interview skills
  5. Asking for accommodations on the job

Building a Resume: Tips for Youth with Disabilities

The resume is the main tool employers use to review the qualifications of prospective employees, and what they use when deciding who to interview or hire. Everyone who is looking for a job should have an up-to-date resume that shows employment, education, and volunteer history. Use this helpful guide to put together your resume.

How to do a Job Search

Whether your transition to your first job takes place during high school, after high school, for the summer, or during or after college, finding a good job may not be that simple and easy. It takes a lot of planning and organizing to get the job you want. This tip sheet will give you ideas on how to get a job, where to go to find a job, and how to use the internet to help you.

Building Your Interview Skills

Filling out a job application and creating a resume are only two parts to getting a job. Another important part is how you interview. Making a good impression during a job interview doesn’t only include how you answer questions.  Here are some other ways to shine during the job interview process.

Youth Fact Sheets on Employment

A series of fact sheets written by youth, for youth having to do with employment:

Tips for Parents

4 Ways to Help Your Child With Special Needs Find Meaningful Employment
My son Matt is living with a disability, and as he transitions from high school, he’s exploring what it means to be an adult. Matt, like so many people with disabilities, wants to contribute to society, and he’ll thrive in the right career. As a parent, it’s my responsibility to help him find it. But finding his right fit will require knocking on doors, embracing opportunities and keeping a positive outlook.  Read blog post >

Set an Employment Destination and Map a Course to Get There
People usually plan journeys with a specific destination in mind and map the way accordingly. Your young adult needs a place to start, but parents need to also help their son or daughter realize that it’s okay to change the destination and select a different job. Many people change careers several times in their lives. Read full article >


Youth Rules!

Youth Rules! is a site for teens to get quick info on federal and state labor laws like how many hours you can work, jobs you can do and how to prevent workplace injuries.

Beyond High School: Your Rights at College, Trade School, and More

Now that you are out of high school, your rights in post secondary education settings are not covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are the two main laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities in such institutions. In Texas, Chapter 121 of the Texas Human Resources Code provides additional protection to people with disabilities.

Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability

If you have a disability and are qualified to do a job, the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) protects you from job discrimination on the basis of your disability. This online booklet explains the part of the ADA that prohibits job discrimination.

Disability Disclosure – Advantages and Disadvantages

Only you can decide whether or not you want to disclose your disability (or any other sensitive information) to others.  As with most important informed decisions you will make during your lifetime, there are both advantages and disadvantages associated with your decision to disclose.  This is not a complete list, but some things to think about.

Tips for Parents

Your Rights, Your Voice from Disability Rights Texas
This resource was written to help transition age youth learn about their rights and provide a tool to help them successfully move into adulthood.  While this guide was specifically created to help youth living with a mental health concern, the information presented is beneficial for all youth with a disability transitioning into adulthood. Download Your Rights, Your Voice >

College Information For Students With Disabilities
Students with disabilities are protected by certain laws. These laws are meant to ensure that a student is not discriminated against because of his or her disability. It is important that students understand these laws so that they may ensure they are receiving the education that they deserve.  Read full article >

Featured Resource

By Youth for Youth: Employment

By Youth, for Youth: Employment was written by youth for youth who want to know more about finding and keeping the right job. It is important to consider what makes a job right for you, where to look, and how to write a resume and prepare for an interview. Youth with disabilities also need to consider disability disclosure in the workplace and how to ask for accommodations, if needed. 

Download the guide >
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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