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Meet Sue Pratt

Meet Sue Pratt, well respected leader in the parent advocacy movement and mother of an adult with autism. In her series of videos Sue shares stories and insights about understanding autism and being a strong advocate for her son as he made the transition from school to living in the community.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Autism, Intellectual Disability, Supportive Adults, Perseverance, Impact of Disability on Family
  • Duration: 2 min
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April 2016 383 Autism, Intellectual Disability, Supportive Adults, Perseverance, Impact of Disability on Family Voices of Experience

Sue Pratt on the Importance of a Transition Plan

Sue shares about the power of high expectations and the role a well-constructed transition plan plays in success for transitioning youth.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Perseverance, Transition, Special Education
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Sue Pratt on the Importance of a Transition Plan
April 2016 330 Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Perseverance, Transition, Special Education Voices of Experience

Work Early, Work Often: 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 young professional with disabilities shares how her early work experiences helped lead to long-term success.

  • Part of the Work Early, Work Often Series
  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, Preparing for Employment, High Expectations, Perseverance, Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Work Early, Work Often: Young Adults with Disabilities
September 2015 1350 Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, Preparing for Employment, High Expectations, Perseverance, Self-Awareness Work Early, Work Often

Meet Hassan Samantar

Meet Hassan Samantar, a parent advocate at PACER Center who serves Minnesota’s Somali population. In this series of videos, Hassan provides historical context for why Somali families came to America, discusses the challenges many Somali families face when having a child with a disability, and offers advice to Somali families who have transition-age youth.

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April 2015 247 Somali Parents, Community Supports, Perseverance Voices of Experience

Meet Brandon Ziemke

Meet Brandon Ziemke, a college student, employee and young man with an intellectual disability. Brandon talks about overcoming obstacles, the impact of caring adults in his life, and his hopes and dreams for the future.

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March 2015 607 Employment, Postsecondary Education, High Expectations, Perseverance Voices of Experience

Meet Rachel Magario

Meet Rachel Magario, an assistive technology specialist at PACER Center and a person who is blind. In her series of videos, Rachel shares her story, including the impact of assistive technology, parental support, and maintaining a positive outlook for the future.

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March 2015 134 Perseverance, Vision Disability Voices of Experience

Rachel Magario on Becoming Successful

Rachel Magario shares how attitude has helped her overcome difficulties.

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March 2015 129 Family Support, Self-Advocacy, Perseverance Voices of Experience

Jonathan Mooney on the Role of Adults

Jonathan Mooney discusses the role of adults in his life.

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March 2015 138 Family Support, Supportive Adults, Perseverance, High Expectations Voices of Experience

I Can Soar: Sean

Sean is a popular and outgoing teenager who lost his sight at the age of 10 to retinal blastoma. With the help of assistive technology (AT), Sean is able to participate in regular classes all day long at school, socializes with all of his classmates, and learns and is assessed with the same curriculum standards as his nondisabled peers.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Vision Disability, Perseverance, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 6 min
View - I Can Soar: Sean
January 2013 2245 Assistive Technology, Vision Disability, Perseverance, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy