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We hope you find this link to be a valuable resource.  
 Jennifer Norman
Executive Director Pupil Services
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 Tara Marley
Pupil Services Supervisor
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District Representative Parent Leadership Council
Stacy Miner
                                       2016 Connecting for Kids Parent of the Year! 
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BUZZ from the Hub Center for Parent Information and Resources

New Transition-Related Resources in the Hub

CPIR's resource library is ever-growing, so it's helpful to know what's been recently added, as well as remember what's already there. Here are several you may find useful on our theme.

WIA is Now WIOA: What the New Bill Means For People with Disabilities.

With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Congress reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), including the Rehabilitation Act, through 2020. What does this 300-page legislation mean for people with disabilities, especially youth in transition from secondary school to adult life? This brief from the Institute for Community Inclusion discusses the major highlights.

Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change.

The 8 core principles described in this paper from the Forum for Youth Investment can help build the capacity of organizations and communities to ensure that all youth, particularly those least likely to succeed without help, realize that they have the responsibility and resources needed to make their communities better places for themselves, their families and their peers.

Speaking Up for Yourself and Other Youth.

Speaking Up for Yourself and Other Youth is a resource page of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), part of its Youth Resources collection. The page briefly defines what advocacy is in youth-friendly language, and identifies several other AACAP resources that youth might wish to consult, including Taking Charge of Your Treatment. The resource page also connects youth with several state and national youth organizations.

Spotlight on ... Moving Toward Independence

Reaching the age of majority holds both promise and challenge for youth with disabilities. How do we support youth in moving toward living as independently as possible? Here are several resources youth and families (and Parent Centers!) might find helpful.

Addressing healthcare, finances, and independent living challenges.

Don't forget about CPIR's briefs on such age-of-majority issues as healthcare, managing finances, and independent living! In collaboration with the two national transition centers and reviewers in the Parent Center network, CPIR produced 4 Age of Majority briefs and held a webinar on the subject. They stand ready for your use and re-use!

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making.

Explore the Center's many offerings to find the ones that fit the needs of the youth and families you serve---for example, need a brief about person-centered planning or perhaps a webinar series on supported decision making?

The Life Skills Manual: Strategies for Maintaining Residential Stability.

The Life Skills Manual is an evidence-based curriculum that provides the content and resources needed to teach life skills to individuals who need assistance in this area. The curriculum is designed to be implemented in 6 group sessions, with an individual workbook to help consumers individualize the group content at their own pace. Modules focus on: food and nutrition management; home and self-care; money management; and safe community participation. Electronic copies of the manual are free. Simply complete an order form, provide your email address, and you'll be emailed the manual. Also available in Spanish.

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services: A Toolkit for Youth.

For transition-age youth with disabilities, issues surrounding managing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) can be intensified by normal developmental concerns such as striking out on your own and navigating the road into adulthood. This toolkit helps youth strengthen some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships. There's also a companion video featuring youth with disabilities who use PAS and several additional tipsheets.

Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins.

10 Steps to Independence: 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.

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.

What Parents Need to Know About Puberty and Sexuality.

This 38-minute video from the Utah Parent Center addresses one of the more sensitive issues in the journey to adulthood. It's also available in Spanish.

And while we're on the subject...

Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities is an extensive resource page in the Hub, and we've just updated its links, where you'll find lots of information about sexuality education you can share with families, schools, and children and youth themselves.

Resources Just for Parent Centers: Working with Youth in Transition

Check out the Transition Coalition's "Presentations" Resource Library on Transition.

You'll find that the Transition Coalition's library includes PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, Word docs, and Webinars with such on-point topics as:

  • Transition Multi-Tiered Systems and College and Career Readiness
  • Working with Families during Transition Planning
  • Working with Culturally Diverse Families during Transition
  • Transition Assessment: The Big Picture

You'll need to create an account (which is free) in order to access any and all of these modules.

Heard of YO!?

In the context of our issue's theme, YO! stands for Youth Organizing Disabled and Proud. In YO!'s own words, "YO! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities! YO! gives youth leadership opportunities, social networks, resources, and more. YO! is for youth with disabilities to be PROUD of who we are and what we can achieve!" Check it out!

Best Practices Guide in Mentoring Youth with Disabilities.

This guide can serve as a useful tool to help individuals and organizations start their own mentoring program for youth or expand a current program to include youth with disabilities. From Partners for Youth with Disabilities.

12 Steps for Easing the Transition to Work

By Kate Kelly

positive first job experience can be a big self-esteem booster for teens with learning and attention issues. If your child is gearing up for his first job or vocational training, you can do a lot to prepare him for success. Encourage him to follow these steps to smooth the transition.

Keep in mind that if your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), transition planning services can help him prepare, too.


Practice the commute.

With your child, do a dry run at the same time and day of the week he’ll start work. Time how long it takes.


Figure out lunch.

Before your child’s first day, have him check out the lunch options and assess whether there’s time to order and eat. Remind him to ask where people who bring their lunches eat.


Know who to call or email.

Make sure your child has a point person (and their phone number and email) to contact if he’s sick or running late.


Understand how work schedules are communicated.

If your child’s hours change each week, he needs to know how to get access to the new schedule. Don’t assume someone will give it to him directly.


Determine the best way to keep track of the schedule.

Ask your child what works for him: Take a picture of the schedule with his phone? Text it to himself? Note it on a calendar?


Work on time management skills.

Have your child strategize how he’ll get to work on time. For example, maybe he can lay out clothes the night before. Find other ways to practice time management skills.


Fill out the forms.

In some states, teens need working papers in order to get a job. Often these can be issued by your child’s school or by the State Department of Labor. And like any employee, your teen is required to fill out IRS forms like the W-4. These forms can be confusing, and your child might need your help.


Open a bank account.

If he’s paid by direct deposit, he’ll need a bank account to complete his first-day paperwork. If he gets an actual check, he needs a way to cash it.


Plan for downtime.

Your child may be less busy than he was at school. Talk about interests he can pursue, activities at faith-based and other organizations, or maybe joining a gym.


Look for social opportunities.

A job doesn’t provide a network of people his own age like school does. To avoid loneliness, he may need to make friends outside of work.


Practice asking for help.

Self-advocacy is key for young people with learning and attention issues in the workplace. If your child is confused by instructions, for instance, it could impact his work. Help him identify who to talk to and practice what he could say.


Consider a job coach.

A job coach can help your child succeed at work. Try finding one through the school’s vocational program. If your child has an IEP, his case manager may have information, too.

You're Hired! Now What?

=        What if I need a day off?  Do I text or call and who do I talk to?

=        What happens if I’m late?

=        How do I get to and from my job?

=        How do I find out my schedule?

=        Where do I eat lunch? If I bring my lunch, is there a refrigerator I should keep it in?

=        If they have a party at work, how many pieces of cake can I eat?

=        If I need to wear a uniform, how do I keep it clean?

=        What if I need a break while I’m working?

=        Is there someone at work who can answer my questions?


Check out the following options or talk to your local librarian about audio books that may be available at no charge. from Amazon available on iTunes, free public domain books narrated by volunteers

*Links and downloads are meant to serve as resources and are not specifically endorsed by the RRCSD.
District Representative Parent Leadership Council Information
Articles of Interest
Local Resources and Programs
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