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From High School Dropout to Youth Advocate and College Graduate

Lena struggled in school, had an IEP, but didn't even know what it was. She dropped out in 10th grade, but through self-determination she got her GED and college degree and now works as a Youth Advocate for other 10th graders who have learning and attention issues.

  • Topics: Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 5 min
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February 2017 674 Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair

Albert hitchhikes and travels the world in his wheelchair. He compares his wheelchair to having to wear "a pair of glasses" and he has been to over 75 countries.

  • Topics: Physical Accessibility, Travel, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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August 2016 5050 Physical Accessibility, Travel, Self-Determination

Who Helps You Coordinate Your Health Care?

Teens discuss who helps them coordinate their own health care and the strategies they use to organize themselves. The role of a “care coordinator” is defined. This video is the first in a 4-part series Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 151 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

What Can Medical Providers and Teachers Do To Help You Take Charge of Your Own Health Care?

Teens respond to questions about their preferred method of communication for health care information. This video is the second in a 4-part series, Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 119 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

How Do You Prepare For A Medical Appointment?

Teens describe how they prepare for a doctor’s appointment. Strategies that work for them include: making a list of concerns and questions for the doctor, having your insurance card with you, checking in, scheduling an appointment and arranging for transportation to the appointment. This video is the third in a 4-part series, Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 37 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

What Does Guardianship Mean to You?

Teens discuss what guardianship means. For these young adults, guardians are seen as coaches, leaders, decision makers, record keepers and as the gateway to health care.This video is the fourth in a 4-part series, Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 164 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced, Guardianship Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life

Students who are deaf-blind share the difficulties, fears and challenges they face on a daily basis; but they overcome these obstacles in order to live a self-determined life.

  • Topics: DeafBlindness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life
May 2016 817 DeafBlindness, Self-Determination

The Power of International Travel

Haben Girma is a DeafBlind, first-generation African-American, and reflects about her first international experience. She says she wouldn't be the same person she is today if she didn't volunteer abroad as a teenager.

  • Topics: High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Travel, DeafBlindness
  • Duration: 4 min
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November 2015 750 High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Travel, DeafBlindness

Disability Disclosure

This video provides a short introduction to disability disclosure for youth with disabilities in school or at work. It shows a young adult filling out an application for employment and trying to decide if he should disclose or not his disability.

  • Topics: Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 3 min
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September 2015 529 Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Passport to Possibilities

International experiences through study or volunteering abroad can have far-reaching benefits. Hear four people with disabilities share their experiences, and also learn how the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a project of MIUSA and U.S. Department of State, can help in preparations.

  • Topics: Accommodations, Deafness, High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Physical Accessibility, Travel
  • Duration: 5 min
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July 2015 589 Accommodations, Deafness, High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Physical Accessibility, Travel

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
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February 2015 354 Community Inclusion, Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Community Supports, Family Support, Health, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination, Special Education, Transportation

Who I Am — PSA

The new “Who I Am” PSA features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles — which includes working in jobs they love.

  • Topics: Employment, PSA, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, For Employers
  • Duration: 1 min
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October 2014 809 Employment, PSA, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, For Employers

How To Talk To Your Doctor

A young woman who is a wheelchair user shares tips for working with your doctor to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 6 min
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May 2014 7464 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Matthew Success Story

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

  • Topics: Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination, Intellectual Disability
  • Duration: 3 min
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March 2014 319 Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination, Intellectual Disability

Dr. Right: The Right Way to Discuss Transition

A young woman updates her health care transition plan with her doctor before she goes off to college.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 8 min
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March 2014 969 Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Dr. Knotright: the wrong way to discuss transition

See the wrong way for a primary care physician to discuss health care transition with a young adult patient!

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 6 min
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March 2014 564 Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Meet Nick

Meet Nick, a young man with cerebral palsy who uses an adapted van to drive and runs his own lawn care business.

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December 2013 1813 Transportation, Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Self-Determination, High Expectations, Inspiration Assistive Technology in Action

Inclusive Post Secondary Education - GAELS RICE at Iona College

This 5 minute video introduces the inclusive postsecondary dual enrollment program for students with intellectual disabilities at Iona College.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Self-Determination, Independent Living
  • Duration: 5 min
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March 2013 1080 Postsecondary Education, Self-Determination, Independent Living

I Am Thinking College (Even with My Disability)

Students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in a postsecondary education program in Tennessee talk about their experiences at college and highlight the need for more such programs. Developed by the Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities (tnpsealliance.org) and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 8 min
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February 2013 7723 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination

I Can Soar: Aaron

Aaron faced “intense technology needs” entering public school, but with the help of assistive technology devices like IntelliKeys, a power wheelchair, and even video game controllers he is able to achieve more independence. Now as an 8th grade student, Aaron writes and races with his teachers at school and plays video games with his siblings at home.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Special Education, Self-Determination, Connecting Youth
  • Duration: 7 min
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January 2013 1318 Assistive Technology, Special Education, Self-Determination, Connecting Youth

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
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January 2013 2245 Assistive Technology, Vision Disability, Perseverance, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy

I Can Soar: Stacey

Learn how assistive technology helps Stacey bridge differences with peers to build relationships and actively participate in her 6th grade class.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Hearing Disability, Accommodations, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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January 2013 1416 Assistive Technology, Hearing Disability, Accommodations, Self-Determination

411 Disability Disclosure

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

  • Topics: Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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September 2012 3662 Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

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
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May 2012 320 Employment, Entrepreneur, Self-Determination, Family Support, Career Development

Schedule a Medical Appointment

This video goes over the information you need to have at hand when you make a doctor's appointment over the phone and what you need to say and do.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 1 min
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June 2011 267 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

I Want to Go to College

This inspirational infographic highlights the opportunities and benefits of postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 3 min
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March 2011 677 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

Self-Advocacy: Find the Captain in You!

Two high school students host a morning talk show with special guest, Captain Self Advocacy.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Youth Produced, Finding Strengths
  • Duration: 9 min
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December 2010 6198 Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Youth Produced, Finding Strengths

Think College Teaser

Trailer for Think College video that highlights opportunities in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 5 min
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November 2010 5275 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination

Jeff on Medical Decision-making

Jeff talks about how he gradually assumed more responsibility for medical decision-making. Although he makes decisions for himself as an adult, he continues to consult his parents as part of his decision-making process.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
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June 2009 338 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Let Children and Teens Speak for Themselves

Dr. Dawn Greninko explains why parents should let children and teens speak for themselves.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 1 min
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June 2009 259 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Developing your medical independence

Dr. Dawn Grinenko talks about the importance of transferring responsibility for medication management and procedures from parents to youth.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
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June 2009 185 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination