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Connecting Youth to Careers

This video follows Jessica from 9th grade through her senior year as she explores her strengths and interests, gains work experience and finds her career pathway. It covers self-awareness, career research and career planning activities. It also answers questions about what parents can do to help launch their teen on a successful career path.


Paving the Way: Parent Tips for Supporting Success in High School and Beyond

Information for parents of high school students featuring a wealth of practical tips and resources on:

  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Study Habits and Course Selection
  • Celebration and Support
  • Preparing for the Future

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Building a Resume: Tips for Youth with Disabilities

Tips for young people with disabilities and their families on effective strategies for building the first resume, including an example resume and an action plan for employment.

Build a Resume


College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Explore helpful information from PACER Center and Think College about inclusive, postsecondary education programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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hink College - Changing Expectations. Increasing Opportunities.

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for young adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID). PACER Center is a proud partner of Think College.

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Middle & High School Transition Planning

Middle & High School Transition Planning

Transition planning can begin many years before youth with disabilities graduate from high school. Find out about some of the early steps you can take.

Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary education can open doors of possibilities for youth with disabilities. Learn about the differences between accessing accommodations in high school and college, as well as other important postsecondary information.

Employment

Employment

Employment is a crucial aspect of transition. This section contains resources on finding that first job, understanding what services are available to support employment, and helping youth advocate for themselves.

Independent & Community Living

Independent & Community Living

Interested in learning how to support your youth to live independently in the community? Check out these resources on person-centered planning and self-determination.

Laws & Rights

Laws & Rights

Learn the basics of major federal disability laws and the rights and services they provide.

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Whether just starting the transition planning process or searching for information on a specific topic, the Learning Center is a comprehensive source of information designed to support families’ varied needs.

Videos

Preparing For Adulthood Series:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

This 4-part series on transitioning from pediatric to adult health care was developed by PACERís Youth Advisory Board. The series is geared towards youth, parents, medical providers, and teachers to enhance conversations around youth taking charge of their own health care.

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The Path to Independence:
Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth

This booklet lists free and low-cost mobile apps that are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living.

Download Now - The Path to Independence Booklet (14 pages, ©2017)


Mapping Dreams: The Transition to Adulthood

Book: 50 pages. (Read an excerpt )

This book outlines practical steps parents can take to help plan for their child’s transition from high school to adult employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. It includes “Talk to Your Child” sections and checklists to help start discussions about your child’s future, as well as a resource list. Books are $8 each (free for Minnesota parents).

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Call PACER at (952) 838-9000 and order item ST-40.

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Inspiring Possibilities E-newsletter

An e-newsletter that subscribers receive twice monthly. Each issue focuses on new or recent resources on timely topics of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families. Featured resources provide strategies to help youth achieve their post-school goals with support from their families, advocates, educators, workforce development professionals, the community, and other natural supports.

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