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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
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August 2016 169 Special Education, Finding Strengths, Transition Planning, Family Support

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
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April 2016 330 Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Perseverance, Transition, Special Education 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 152 Family Support, High Expectations, Collaboration, Special Education 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 112 Somali Parents, Special Education, Family Support Voices of Experience

Knowing Your Options: College, Independence, and Beyond

High school students learn about self-advocacy, self-determination, post-high school services and supports (including college and employment), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504, postsecondary and job accommodations, and disclosure. A resources list with links to supporting documents allows viewers to further explore content.

  • Topics: Webinar, Special Education, Self-Advocacy, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Transition Planning, Self-Advocacy, Accommodations, Disclosure, Career Development, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, Adult Services
  • Duration: 25 min
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April 2015 446 Webinar, Special Education, Self-Advocacy, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Transition Planning, Self-Advocacy, Accommodations, Disclosure, Career Development, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, Adult Services

Mapping Your Future: Creating a Personal Transition Plan

This 2011 webinar provides students with information on creating a personal transition plan using online materials and a variety of multimedia tools, such as PowerPoint, Inspiration, Glogster, and eFolioMinnesota. Students were also introduced to the DO-IT Pals Online Mentoring program.

  • Topics: Webinar, Special Education, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Transition Planning, Online Tools
  • Duration: 22 min
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April 2015 212 Webinar, Special Education, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Transition Planning, Online Tools

Career Possibilities: Discover, Explore, Dream

“Career Possibilities: Discover, Explore, Dream!” is the first in a series of webinars created to help teens explore career options and learn about assistive technology that can help them succeed at school, work, and the community. This webinar introduces teens to several online career resources that can help them identify career interest areas. Students will also learn about resources specific to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career paths. The webinar includes video and audio interviews with several young adults working in STEM related fields.

  • Topics: Webinar, Special Education, Assistive Technology, Transition Planning, Accommodations, Career Development, STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math
  • Duration: 19 min
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April 2015 144 Webinar, Special Education, Assistive Technology, Transition Planning, Accommodations, Career Development, STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math

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

Meet Brody

Meet Brody, a student who uses word prediction software to help him write and a smart pen to take notes and save thoughts.

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February 2014 1477 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Learning Disability, Special Education Assistive Technology in Action

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

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of our new video explaining Accessible Instructional Materials in easy to understand language. This fully-captioned video is designed to increase awareness of AIM.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Special Education, Vision Disability, Learning Disability
  • Duration: 4 min
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October 2012 8396 Assistive Technology, Special Education, Vision Disability, Learning Disability Simply Said

Meet Elle

Meet Elle O’Gorman, a young woman with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is able to communicate with family, friends, and teachers.

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July 2012 13600 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Special Education, Connecting Youth, Independent Living Assistive Technology in Action