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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 and transition planning.

Leading Your Transition Planning


Do you…
  • Have your own ideas of what you want your future to look like?
  • Want to have a say in what your future will be like?
     
If so, you can make it happen by participating in your transition planning!
 
Learn About Transition Planning

#Speak Up #Live!
Youth Self-Advocacy

What is a Self-Advocate?


A self-advocate is someone who speaks up for his or her self. Self-advocates ask for what they need and want, and try to have as much of a say as possible in making their own life decisions.

Why Should I Become a Self-Advocate?

Until now, adults have made most of the decisions about your life for you. However, now that you are becoming an adult yourself, you should have a say in what you do, in what you want, and in where you are going.

Being able to make your own decisions is important because it allows you to:
 
  • Live as independently as possible
  • Do the things you like
  • Pursue goals after high school
  • Get a job in the career field you want
  • Have healthy relationships
  • Control your own body and health
  • Manage your own money
  • Get the services and supports you need
     
Being a self-advocate is especially important if you have a disability because you need to:
 
  • Understand your rights in different education settings and the workplace
  • Know how and when to ask for accommodations to do your best
  • Know how to navigate the community and access the services and supports you need
  • Advocate for friends and family members who also have disabilities
Download the Self-Advocacy Fact Sheet

Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth


Many free and low-cost mobile apps are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living. 
 
Download the Mobile Apps Guide

Speak Up for Yourself

Advocating for Yourself in Middle School and High School: How To Get What You Need


You should always be able to have the accommodations you need in school for your disability or health care needs. Sometimes it just takes some extra effort to get what you need. Just because you have a disability it doesn’t mean you can’t do as well as the other kids in school, you have the same rights to succeed. By law every school has a process [a set way] for you to talk to teachers and others about what you need. Sometimes this plan or process is called an Individual Education Plan [IEP], a 504 plan, or sometimes something else.
 
Learn About Advocating for Yourself

Transition to Adulthood


Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.
 
Learn About Transition and the IEP

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