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A #JobCreators Family Interview - The Perez Family

The Perez family explored self-employment as a way to create a meaningful future for their 11-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. In this video they describe their journey and the benefits that exploring self-employment has had for their now teenage daughter.

  • Topics: Employment, Entrepreneur, Family Support, Intellectual Disability, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 9 min
View - A #JobCreators Family Interview - The Perez Family
January 2017 357 Employment, Entrepreneur, Family Support, Intellectual Disability, Preparing for Employment

Understanding Measurable Postsecondary Goals in the IEP

PACER advocate Barb Ziemke discusses the concept of “measurable postsecondary goals” and how they fit into transition planning for a student with a disability on an IEP. She incorporates her own experiences to highlight why this is an important concept for families to understand.

  • Topics: Special Education, Finding Strengths, Transition Planning, Family Support
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Understanding Measurable Postsecondary Goals in the IEP
August 2016 191 Special Education, Finding Strengths, Transition Planning, Family Support

College Graduate Sam Graves

This video, created for PACER Center’s Annual Benefit on April 30, 2016, highlights the success story of recent college graduate Sam Graves. Sam is a young adult with cerebral palsy whose family began receiving PACER services when he was 3 years old.

  • Topics: Inspiration, Family Support
  • Duration: 3 min
View - College Graduate Sam Graves
July 2016 203 Inspiration, Family Support

Sue Pratt on Finding a Housing Solution

Sue discusses how perseverance and understanding her son’s wants and needs led to finding a housing situation that was right for him.

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April 2016 166 Community Supports, Connecting Youth, Family Support, Housing Voices of Experience

Sue Pratt on Parents Being the Experts

Sue discusses the fact that when it comes to their own children, parents are the experts.

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April 2016 173 Family Support, High Expectations, Collaboration, Special Education Voices of Experience

Why college matters for people with disabilities

Daniel Jarvis-Holland is a sophomore at Benson Polytechnic High School. He has Down syndrome and wants to go to college. Now he finally can.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Family Support
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Why college matters for people with disabilities
November 2015 434 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Family Support

Work Early, Work Often: Parents/Caregivers of Young Adults with Disabilities

Part of a three-part series highlighting the importance of work and work-based experiences in an young person’s transition to adulthood, a mother talks about her son’s career development experiences, finding the right job “fit,” his personal growth on the job, and “letting go.”

  • Part of the Work Early, Work Often Series
  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, Family Support, Finding Strengths, Independent Living
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Work Early, Work Often: Parents/Caregivers of Young Adults with Disabilities
September 2015 1327 Career Development, Employment, Family Support, Finding Strengths, Independent Living Work Early, Work Often

Meet Jesus Villasenor

Meet Jesus Villasenor, a parent advocate at PACER Center and father of a young adult with learning disabilities. Jesus tells his story, and offers advice to other Latino parents on helping their youth with a disability through the transition years.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Learning Disability, Family Support, Latino Parents, ADD/ADHD, High Expectations, Finding Strengths
  • Duration: 7 min
View - Meet Jesus Villasenor
April 2015 322 Learning Disability, Family Support, Latino Parents, ADD/ADHD, High Expectations, Finding Strengths Voices of Experience

Dao Xiong on How Culture Impacted Expectations

Dao Xiong discusses how his cultural beliefs and traditions have impacted his expectations for his daughter’s future.

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April 2015 124 Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Family Support Voices of Experience

Dao Xiong on Advice to Asian-American Parents

Dao Xiong shares advice for other Asian-American families who have youth with disabilities.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Community Supports, Family Support, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Dao Xiong on Advice to Asian-American Parents
April 2015 122 Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Community Supports, Family Support, Preparing for Employment Voices of Experience

Hassan Samantar on Somali Families and Disability

Hassan Samantar discusses how Somali culture impacts families and their experience with having a child with a disability.

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April 2015 120 Somali Parents, Impact of Disability on Family, Family Support Voices of Experience

Hassan Samantar on Advice to Somali Families

Hassan Samantar offers advice to Somali families about youth transitioning to adulthood.

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April 2015 127 Somali Parents, Special Education, Family Support Voices of Experience

Rachel Magario on Becoming Successful

Rachel Magario shares how attitude has helped her overcome difficulties.

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March 2015 153 Family Support, Self-Advocacy, Perseverance Voices of Experience

Rachel Magario on the Role of Parents

Rachel Magario discusses the role of parents for transition-age youth.

View - Rachel Magario on the Role of Parents
March 2015 187 Family Support, High Expectations, Vision Disability Voices of Experience

Meet John

Meet John, an assistive technology specialist at PACER Center and a young adult with a cognitive disability. John discusses understanding his disability, finding his strengths, and the role high expectations played in his academic and career success.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Self-Awareness, ADD/ADHD, Family Support, Postsecondary Education, Finding Strengths
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Meet John
March 2015 450 Self-Awareness, ADD/ADHD, Family Support, Postsecondary Education, Finding Strengths Voices of Experience

Jonathan Mooney on Strategies to Thrive

Jonathan Mooney shares strategies to help youth thrive in life.

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March 2015 159 Family Support, Finding Strengths, Connecting Youth Voices of Experience

How TV Can Help Kids Improve Social Skills

Does your child have trouble picking up social cues? Watching TV with him may be a good way to help him learn and practice social skills. In this video, an expert shows a mom how to use TV to help her 10-year-old son better understand emotions, behavior and sarcasm.

  • Topics: Social Skills, Family Support, Connecting Youth, Autism
  • Duration: 9 min
View - How TV Can Help Kids Improve Social Skills
March 2015 350 Social Skills, Family Support, Connecting Youth, Autism

Jonathan Mooney on the Role of Adults

Jonathan Mooney discusses the role of adults in his life.

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March 2015 154 Family Support, Supportive Adults, Perseverance, High Expectations Voices of Experience

History of the Disability Movement in the United States

A dry but informative presentation by University of Kansas Professor Michael Wehmeyer that characterizes the history of people with disabilities, particularly people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as having 3 distinct waves. Firstly, the Professional Movement, predominant from 1850 to mid 20th century; secondly, the Parent Movement that emerged in the 1950s; and thirdly, the Self-Determination Movement.

  • Topics: Community Inclusion, Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Community Supports, Family Support, Health, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination, Special Education, Transportation
  • Duration: 9 min
View - History of the Disability Movement in the United States
February 2015 372 Community Inclusion, Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Community Supports, Family Support, Health, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination, Special Education, Transportation

Making a Smooth Transition from High School to Adult Living: Successful Collaboration

All students and their families benefit from collaboration — teamwork, group effort, and cooperation — between family, school, and others as they make the transition to adult life. Students with disabilities often require extra collaboration and support to achieve their employment, educational, and independent living goals, sometimes for their entire lives. This 2012 webinar for parents of youth with disabilities explores how to use the concept of collaboration to ensure their son or daughter’s transition to adulthood is as smooth as possible. Originally developed for Minnesota families, most content is relevant to families residing in other states as well. Presenters: Carolyn Anderson, PACER Center | Barb Ziemke, PACER Center | Sean Roy, PACER Center.

  • Topics: Webinar, Transition Planning, Collaboration, Adult Services, Connecting Youth, Vocational Rehabilitation, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Transportation, County Services, Independent Living, Employment, Health, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Postsecondary Education, Family Support
  • Duration: 57 min
View - Making a Smooth Transition from High School to Adult Living: Successful Collaboration
March 2014 476 Webinar, Transition Planning, Collaboration, Adult Services, Connecting Youth, Vocational Rehabilitation, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Transportation, County Services, Independent Living, Employment, Health, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Postsecondary Education, Family Support

Wilson Family: Holding High Expectations

Youth with disabilities discuss how the decisions to disclose their disabilities have affected them at school, at work, and in social situations.

  • Topics: Employment, Family Support, High Expectations, Intellectual Disability, Transition, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Wilson Family: Holding High Expectations
March 2014 389 Employment, Family Support, High Expectations, Intellectual Disability, Transition, Vocational Rehabilitation

Becoming an Adult: Deciding Where to Live

Planning for the future can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time for young adults with special health care needs and their families. This video shows and discusses the variety of residential programming available to people with disabilities in the adult world and offers information on how to make sure young adults are registered with the right services in their state.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations
  • Duration: 9 min
View - Becoming an Adult: Deciding Where to Live
December 2013 1936 Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations

How Can Parents Help Providers When Their Young Adult Transitions to Adult Health Care?

Pediatrician and researcher Dr. Robert Rohloff describes the partnership between parent, youth and provider when their young adult transitions to adult health care.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations, Health
  • Duration: 2 min
View - How Can Parents Help Providers When Their Young Adult Transitions to Adult Health Care?
August 2013 112 Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations, Health

Health Care Transition: A Parent Perspective

A father talks about the challenges of preparing his daughter to becoming more responsible for her own health care. He likens it to teaching your young adult to drive. "You know you have to let them go and make their mistakes."

  • Topics: Health, Family Support, High Expectations, Independent Living, Transition Planning
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Health Care Transition: A Parent Perspective
July 2012 103 Health, Family Support, High Expectations, Independent Living, Transition Planning

Jamar's Story, Let's Stop HIV Together

Jamar Rogers discusses living with HIV, fighting stigma around HIV, and the strong support of his mom, Danielle.

  • Topics: Disability Self-Awareness, Family Support, Health, HIV, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Jamar's Story, Let's Stop HIV Together
July 2012 444555 Disability Self-Awareness, Family Support, Health, HIV, Self-Advocacy

How Anthony’s Beehive Got Started — CNN

Anthony’s fascination with bees as a child eventually developed into a family business, and a means of providing future financial independence for Anthony, who has a developmental disability.

  • Topics: Employment, Entrepreneur, Self-Determination, Family Support, Career Development
  • Duration: 2 min
View - How Anthony’s Beehive Got Started — CNN
May 2012 330 Employment, Entrepreneur, Self-Determination, Family Support, Career Development