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Willing to Work

Itís a jungle out there for job-seekers with disabilities! Wilbert Johnson tells us how he was able to get his dream job and provides tips for fellow job-seekers.

  • Topics: Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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October 2018 540 Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination

Preparing for Postsecondary Education: What Families Need to Know

Accessing accommodations in college is much different than in high school. Learn more about the process and how to plan ahead by watching this video from PACER Transition Specialist Erika Theiler.

  • Topics: Accommodations, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education
  • Duration: 3 min
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June 2018 81 Accommodations, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education

Transition Tips for Employment #1: High Expectations

It is important that families and professionals have high expectations that youth with disabilities can be employed.

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March 2018 442 Preparing for Employment, High Expectations, Family Support Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #2: Make Work Experiences a Priority

Meaningful work experiences in high school can support youth to have better employment outcomes as adults.

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March 2018 228 Preparing for Employment, Family Support Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #3: Use Your Personal Networks

Families can use their networks of friends, neighbors, and others to help find employment opportunities for their youth.

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March 2018 168 Preparing for Employment, Family Support Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #4: Employers Want Good Employees

Being motivated and having a good attitude are important soft skills for youth with disabilities to learn.

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March 2018 201 Preparing for Employment, Family Support, Soft Skills Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Transition Tips for Employment #5: Learn What Supports Are Available

There are a variety of community and disability organizations that can help families and youth with disabilities to achieve their employment goals.

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March 2018 177 Preparing for Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Tips: How Parents Can Help Their Youth Find Employment Success

Exploring and Selecting Assistive Technology with Teens and Young Adults

In this Transition Tech Talk Video, we talk about the importance of involving teens and young adults in the selection of assistive technology that will help them at school and in life.

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March 2018 66 Assistive Technology Transition Tech Talk

How to Choose a Fitness Center

Follow Mary Allison, a wheelchair user, on a tour of a local gym where she shares tips on How to Choose a Fitness Center.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 5 min
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March 2018 654 Independent Living, Self-Advocacy

Meet Judge Frank

The Honorable Donovan W. Frank is a Senior United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota. In this video he discusses his personal history with the inclusion of people with disabilities. The other videos in the series demonstrate how the value of inclusion has made a difference in his career as a judge.

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February 2018 84 Inclusion Voices of Experience

Judge Frank on People with Disabilities Serving on Juries

Judge Frank shares a story of a woman who was blind serving on a jury panel for a case in his courtroom and how it impacted others’ perceptions of people with disabilities.

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February 2018 55 Inclusion Voices of Experience

Judge Frank on Including Disability as Part of Diversity and Challenging Stereotypes

Judge Frank discusses the importance of including disability as part of diversity efforts and challenging stereotypes.

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February 2018 59 Inclusion Voices of Experience

Meet the Deaf-Blind Lawyer Fighting for People with Disabilities

Haben Girma discusses her experiences as a DeafBlind student and how she has advocated for herself and others. She strives to create a more inclusive community by removing barriers for people with disabilities.

  • Topics: DeafBlindness, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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January 2018 5973 DeafBlindness, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

The Right to Your Graduation

Are you a student with a disability ready to graduate, but worried your school will segregate you from your own ceremony? Listen in as Cuquis discusses your right to attend your graduation ceremony including tips to follow to obtain necessary accommodations.

  • Topics: Accommodations, Disability Rights, Inclusion
  • Duration: 4 min
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January 2018 306 Accommodations, Disability Rights, Inclusion

Executive Function Skills at Work

In this Transition Tech Talk Video, we follow Josh as he explores technology options to help him with executive function skills at work. Executive function skills include things like time management, completing tasks, and solving problems.

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January 2018 194 Assistive Technology Transition Tech Talk

Tips & Technology for Managing Time, Focus, & Sleep in College

In this Transition Tech Talk Video, we talk about the importance of managing your time, staying focused, and getting adequate sleep at college and the technology tools that can help.

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December 2017 93 Assistive Technology Transition Tech Talk

Kids with Character: Grit

"Grit is having the courage to do your impossible or to do what you think is hard and to do it anyway," says Nasina, a young woman with incredible grit. Her story will awe and inspire you.

  • Topics: College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Perseverance, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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December 2017 2130 College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Perseverance, Self-Determination

What to Know about Trusts & ABLE Accounts

This video describes trusts and ABLE accounts and explains how they can help individuals who receive government benefits to save money as well as pay for many kinds of expenses. Information is presented in straightforward language and at a measured pace to make it easier for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to understand. However, it contains basic information of interest to any person with a disability who receives government benefits such as SSI and Medicaid, as well family members who want to learn how these accounts work.

  • Topics: Benefit Programs and Supports, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Person-Centered Planning, Self-Advocacy, Special needs Trust, SSI
  • Duration: 6 min
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October 2017 379 Benefit Programs and Supports, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Person-Centered Planning, Self-Advocacy, Special needs Trust, SSI

Should we build new institutions?

Research indicates that people with disabilities have better outcomes when they have supports to live in the community rather than living in institutions, however, initiatives to create new institutional lving settings are being proposed in many U.S. communities. This video considers whether that is a good idea. It is adapted from the white paper "Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What the Research Tells Us," from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

  • Topics: Community Inclusion, Community Supports, Disability Rights, Housing, Independent Living, Autism, Intellectual Disability
  • Duration: 5 min
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October 2017 149 Community Inclusion, Community Supports, Disability Rights, Housing, Independent Living, Autism, Intellectual Disability

Unconscious Biases: Shattering Assumptions and Surprising Ourselves

Learn about unconscious biases about people with disabilities and their ability to work in the competitive workplace ó and how to challenge assumptions.

  • Topics: Career Development, Community Inclusion, Disability Awareness, High Expectations, Employment
  • Duration: 5 min
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October 2017 345 Career Development, Community Inclusion, Disability Awareness, High Expectations, Employment

What is Transition & Person Centered Planning? Making Own Decisions

This video features diverse youth and their family members talking about transition to college and employment and their goals and dreams. A related transition guide is available in multiple languages at https://www.multiculturalfamilies.org/programs-services/youth-transition-program/transition-guide-download/.

  • Topics: Transition, Transition Planning, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 7 min
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October 2017 162 Transition, Transition Planning, Self-Determination

#ABLEtoSave: Qualified Disability Related Expenses

This video from the ABLE National Resource Center provides very straightforward descriptions and explanations of the type of expenses that ABLE funds can be used for. The ABLE NRC Director, Chris Rodriquez, goes through broad categories like education, transportation, assistive technology and more and gives examples of the type of services that are covered.

  • Topics: Financial Planning, Self-determination, Employment, Postsecondary Education, Transportation, Health
  • Duration: 3 min
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August 2017 265 Financial Planning, Self-determination, Employment, Postsecondary Education, Transportation, Health

Watch This Woman Explain What It's Like to "Come Out" as Blind

Conchita Hernandez explains how she struggled to accept her blindness and gain independence.

  • Topics: Vision Disability, Disclosure, Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 6 min
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July 2017 17452 Vision Disability, Disclosure, Self-Awareness

Virtual College Campus Tour for Individuals with Disabilities

The Virtual College Campus Tour was created to help teens explore the world of post-secondary education through the comforts of home. This virtual college campus tour can help students discover and explore the many different types of higher education institutions available and answers the questions a student with a disability needs to ask to have a successful experience.

  • Topics: Webinar, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Transition Planning
  • Duration: 24 min
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June 2017 235 Webinar, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Transition Planning

Pathway to Employment: Craig

Craig Engel sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an automobile accident. This video shares his uplifting story of recovering and returning to work as a welder through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and on-the-job accommodations.

  • Topics: TBI, Vocational Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology
  • Duration: 4 min
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May 2017 412 TBI, Vocational Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology

Ask the Expert Preparing for Independent Life

It is important to start transition planning early and especially in high school, specifically with independent living.

  • Topics: Transition Planning, Independent Living
  • Duration: 4 min
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May 2017 429 Transition Planning, Independent Living

Introduction to Family Involvement

When creating a transition plan, family involvement is the key to success. This includes family empowerment and family training around transition topics.

  • Topics: Transition, Transition Planning
  • Duration: 2 min
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April 2017 45 Transition, Transition Planning

Alternatives to Conservatorship

Alternatives to conservatorship allow people with disabilities to make independent decisions about their life while maintaining support from family and/or community members. Some alternate examples include power of attorney, representative payee, supported decision-making, and healthcare surrogate.

  • Topics: Guardianship, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability
  • Duration: 4 min
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April 2017 455 Guardianship, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability

DO-IT Scholars Discuss the Importance of College

DO-IT Scholars, who are part of an innovative transition-to-college program, share their perspectives on why it is important to attend college.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Finding Strengths, College Preparation
  • Duration: 4 min
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April 2017 201 Postsecondary Education, Finding Strengths, College Preparation

What's It Like

This video shares the experiences of college students with disabilities. They discuss the perceptions of other people, how disability impacts their identity, and their approach to interacting with others.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 5 min
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April 2017 161 Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Self-Awareness

Minnesota Student Perspectives

Two students discuss how a transition program has helped them to gain work experience and develop skills for their futures.

  • Topics: Transition Planning, Employment
  • Duration: 6 min
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April 2017 47 Transition Planning, Employment

What is AmeriCorps?

This video breaks down the details of the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community."

  • Topics: Employment, Career Development
  • Duration: 2 min
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March 2017 67102 Employment, Career Development

10 Job Interview Tips For (and By) Young People with Disabilities

Need some help getting through your next job interview? Here are 10 job interview tips by young adults with disabilities, for young adults with disabilities.

  • Topics: Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
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March 2017 2481 Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination

With Our Voices Stories: Abby's Housing Story

Abby is able to live independently with the support of her family and is developing her voice as a self-advocate.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Housing, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 3 min
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February 2017 478 Independent Living, Housing, Self-Advocacy

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 782 Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

Dealing with Pain

A young woman with cerebral palsy and her father talk about the impact of pain and how effective strategies for pain management have made a difference in her life.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Perseverance, Supportive Adults
  • Duration: 2 min
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February 2017 527 Health, Independent Living, Perseverance, Supportive Adults

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
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January 2017 488 Employment, Entrepreneur, Family Support, Intellectual Disability, Preparing for Employment

The Truth about Sitting – Partnership in Wellness

This video was produced by the Partnership in Wellness project at the U of MN's Research and Training Center on Community Living. It is part of a universally-designed health curriculum for adults who require ongoing daily supports, have limited reading skills, and would benefit from learning about improved nutrition, activity, and relationships.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living
  • Duration: 3 min
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January 2017 132 Health, Independent Living

How Asperger's Works

This video offers tips to motivate your child with Asperger's using the "Sensory Funnel."

  • Topics: Autism, Self-Awareness, Social Skills
  • Duration: 3 min
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December 2016 1856 Autism, Self-Awareness, Social Skills

A Preflight Announcement with Noah Seidel

This video highlights experiences of air travelers who use wheelchairs. Unfortunately, many have had experiences with airlines that don't know how to transport mobility devices. It also provides tips for traveling and for advocacy.

  • Topics: Disability Rights, Self-Advocacy, Transportation, Travel
  • Duration: 3 min
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December 2016 252 Disability Rights, Self-Advocacy, Transportation, Travel

How #ApprenticeshipWorks for Recruits

Learn how apprenticeship can work for you as a job seeker or employer. These inclusive apprenticeship programs in high-growth industries like information technology and healthcare show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone.

  • Topics: Employment, Career Development, For Employers
  • Duration: 5 min
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November 2016 855 Employment, Career Development, For Employers

Jesse's Story: A Person-Centered Life

Jesse and the Oftsie family share their experience forging a life grounded in self-direction and person-centered thinking.

  • Topics: Celebrating Differences, High Expectations, Inclusion
  • Duration: 11 min
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October 2016 493 Celebrating Differences, High Expectations, Inclusion

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application. Visit http://StudentAid.gov/fafsa to learn more.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Financial Aid
  • Duration: 3 min
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September 2016 16569 Postsecondary Education, Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid: Overview of the Financial Aid Process

Are you ready to attend college or career school, but need financial aid to help fund your education? Check out this video to learn how the office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds. Visit http://StudentAid.gov to learn more.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Financial Aid
  • Duration: 2 min
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September 2016 8844 Postsecondary Education, Financial Aid

The Job Accommodation Network: JAN is here for YOU!

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy that helps employers and employees find workplace solutions for individuals with disabilities.

  • Topics: Accommodations, For Employers, Assistive Technology, Employment
  • Duration: 4 min
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September 2016 1710 Accommodations, For Employers, Assistive Technology, Employment

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Supporting Your Child at Home and in the Community

In this video Renelle Nelson, who directs from PACER's Children's Mental Health & Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project, explains to parents how Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to teach and encourage appropriate behaviors at home and in the community.

  • Topics: High Expectations, Mental Health, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Social Skills
  • Duration: 7 min
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September 2016 328 High Expectations, Mental Health, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Social Skills

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 276 Special Education, Finding Strengths, Transition Planning, Family Support

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 5080 Physical Accessibility, Travel, Self-Determination

Employment First for Transitioning Youth

Jessica Steele with Virginia’s Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) speaks about Employment First in Virginia and how it impacts transitioning youth with disabilities. Traditionally, people with disabilities have been thought to be placed in sheltered work environments or day services but Employment First is working to change that approach.

  • Topics: Employment, Transition Planning, Adult Services, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Duration: 22 min
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August 2016 295 Employment, Transition Planning, Adult Services, Vocational Rehabilitation

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 227 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 183 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 81 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 281 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced, Guardianship Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

Voices of Experience: Meet Danette Smith

Meet Danette Smith, a mother of a child with a disability and a Human Resources professional. Danette offers strategies for how young people can prepare themselves to meet the needs of employers. She highlights the importance of soft skills, making a good first impression, and being a “curious, passionate learner.”

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 3 min
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August 2016 411 Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment Voices of Experience

Danette Smith: Job Search and Interview Tips

Danette Smith discusses what employers look for in a resume, the importance of a cover letter, and ways youth with communication challenges can convey they skills and passion.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 4 min
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August 2016 262 Employment, Accommodations, Career Development, Disclosure, Soft Skills, Preparing for Employment Voices of Experience

The Single Greatest Skill I Have Ever Learned In My Life

Reframing and changing your perspective using positivity promotes success in all aspects of life.

  • Topics: Autism, Self-Awareness, Social Skills
  • Duration: 3 min
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August 2016 4328 Autism, Self-Awareness, Social Skills

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
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July 2016 331 Inspiration, Family Support

The Road to Recovery

A young woman talks about her first experience with bipolar disorder as a college student, her family's support, and her road to recovery, degree completion and successful employment.

  • Topics: Family support, Mental Health, Postsecondary Education, Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 7 min
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June 2016 284 Family support, Mental Health, Postsecondary Education, Self-Awareness

The Gift of Being Different

Cara Reedy, a woman with achondroplastic dwarfism, describes her life as a little person and the gift of being different.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Little People, Celebrating Differences
  • Duration: 4 min
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June 2016 46024 Self-Determination, Little People, Celebrating Differences

No Barriers - Technology for College-Level Reading

In this Transition Tech Talk Video, an assistive technology specialist from the Simon Technology Center answers a question about helping teens read the more complex text you might find in high school and college and offers assistive technology as a solution. Three strategies are offered to help get teens ready for the rigor of college-level reading.

  • Part of the Transition Tech Talk Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability
  • Duration: 3 min
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May 2016 285 Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability Transition Tech Talk

College-Bound with Assistive Technology

In this Transition Tech Talk Video, an assistive technology specialist from the Simon Technology Center answers a question about helping teens be more independent with their work and offers assistive technology as a solution. Three strategies are offered to help get you started with helping your child be independent in high school and beyond.

  • Part of the Transition Tech Talk Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability
  • Duration: 4 min
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May 2016 331 Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability Transition Tech Talk

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
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May 2016 870 DeafBlindness, Self-Determination

Talking About Dyslexia: A Hidden Disability

Harvard graduate Laura Schifter talks about the stigma of having dyslexia, a hidden disability, and the importance of talking about dyslexia and raising learning disability awareness.

  • Topics: Dyslexia, Disability Awareness, Disclosure
  • Duration: 2 min
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April 2016 1940 Dyslexia, Disability Awareness, Disclosure

SSI & Work in MN

Working while receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can have many benefits including more monthly income, staying connected to SSI, and continued medical assistance, not to mention a better quality of life!

  • Topics: Benefit Programs and Supports, SSI
  • Duration: 5 min
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April 2016 993 Benefit Programs and Supports, SSI

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 657 Autism, Intellectual Disability, Supportive Adults, Perseverance, Impact of Disability on Family Voices of Experience

Sue Pratt on Understanding Autism

Sue discusses the importance of understanding the communication and verbal processing challenges persons with autism may experience.

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April 2016 348 Autism, Communication Challenges, Celebrating Differences 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
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April 2016 525 Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Perseverance, Transition, Special Education Voices of Experience

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 245 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 289 Family Support, High Expectations, Collaboration, Special Education Voices of Experience

Dillan's Path

Every autistic person's path is unique. For Dillan, the dedication of his loved ones, years of hard work and his iPad made a big difference in how he connects with others.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Autism, Communication Challenges
  • Duration: 4 min
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April 2016 1071754 Assistive Technology, Autism, Communication Challenges

Health Care in the Transition Plan

Helping students learn to manage their health care is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and the student. This video provides information about how to include health care in the transition plan.

  • Topics: Health, Transition Planning
  • Duration: 4 min
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March 2016 139 Health, Transition Planning

Questions of Discrimination

Before someone can practice law, they must not only graduate from law school but pass the state’s bar exam. Currently, 41 states include questions in their bar exam application asking about the applicant’s mental health history, diagnosis or treatment. If an applicant answers “yes” to these questions, they are required to fill out a form revealing private information and may be forced to turn over confidential treatment records before being allowed to take the bar exam. The video below discusses the impact these questions have on applicants and the diversity of the legal profession.

  • Topics: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Disability Rights, Disclosure, Employment, Mental Health, Postsecondary Education
  • Duration: 4 min
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March 2016 514 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Disability Rights, Disclosure, Employment, Mental Health, Postsecondary Education

Serve Overseas: You Always Have Something to Contribute and Learn

Fascinated with the overseas experiences of a friend who joined the Peace Corps, Allen Neece followed suit and discovered a new outlet for sharing his passion for education. Allen, who is Deaf, shares information about his experience working with Deaf communities in Kenya, Zambia, and Guyana (2007-2011) as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

  • Topics: Deafness, Employment, High Expectations, International Study, Transition Planning, Travel
  • Duration: 3 min
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March 2016 130 Deafness, Employment, High Expectations, International Study, Transition Planning, Travel

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
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November 2015 499 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Family Support

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 787 High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Travel, DeafBlindness

Moving Out Into the World

Discover how international study and volunteer abroad can develop confidence, independence, and career skills for people with disabilities.

  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Inclusion, Independent Living
  • Duration: 5 min
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October 2015 384 Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Inclusion, Independent Living

Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students

Ever have questions about your rights regarding education records? This short video highlights the key protections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) from kindergarten to college in plain English.

  • Topics: College Preparation, Disclosure, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Civil Rights and Legal Protections
  • Duration: 4 min
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October 2015 32541 College Preparation, Disclosure, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Civil Rights and Legal Protections

From Disability Benefits to Benefits Counseling: Michele’s Ticket to Work Success Story

Michele, a young adult with Muscular Dystrophy, talks about how Ticket to Work helped her get an education and reach her career goals.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Employment, SSI, Work Incentives, Muscular Dystrophy
  • Duration: 5 min
View - From Disability Benefits to Benefits Counseling: Michele’s Ticket to Work Success Story
October 2015 1417 Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Employment, SSI, Work Incentives, Muscular Dystrophy

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
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September 2015 1439 Career Development, Employment, Family Support, Finding Strengths, Independent Living Work Early, Work Often

Work Early, Work Often: Employers 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, employers discuss how exposing young adults with disabilities to real work experiences can help to meet the needs of a business and improve their bottom line.

  • Part of the Work Early, Work Often Series
  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, High Expectations, Preparing for Employment, Supportive Adults
  • Duration: 3 min
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September 2015 1481 Career Development, Employment, High Expectations, Preparing for Employment, Supportive Adults Work Early, Work Often

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
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September 2015 1430 Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, Preparing for Employment, High Expectations, Perseverance, Self-Awareness Work Early, Work Often

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 667 Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Working Together: Computers and People with Learning Disabilities

Students and workers with learning disabilities demonstrate computer-based tools and strategies that promote their academic and career success.

  • Topics: Learning Disability, Assistive Technology
  • Duration: 11 min
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August 2015 1115 Learning Disability, Assistive Technology

Disability Vote

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana, Disability Rights New York, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, and Disability Rights Washington, which operates this Rooted in Rights YouTube channel, are all part of the federally funded protection and advocacy system and members of the National Disability Rights Network.

  • Topics: Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Disability Rights, High Expectations, Independent Living, Voting, Community Inclusion
  • Duration: 5 min
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August 2015 1258 Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Disability Rights, High Expectations, Independent Living, Voting, Community Inclusion

Curtis Pride PSA

Major League Baseball‘s rich legacy of inclusion is acknowledged in this Public Service Announcement featuring former Major-League player Curtis Pride, who was born deaf.

  • Topics: Inspiration, Employment, Deafness, Recreation and Sports
  • Duration: 1 min
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August 2015 159 Inspiration, Employment, Deafness, Recreation and Sports

Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities | ADA 25th Anniversary

This video explores the evolution of the disability rights movement with key figures from its early days to the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Topics: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Inspiration, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities | ADA 25th Anniversary
July 2015 2699 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Inspiration, Self-Advocacy

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 627 Accommodations, Deafness, High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Physical Accessibility, Travel

Preparing Minnesota Students for Career and Postsecondary Opportunities

This 2015 webinar provides an overview of Minnesota’s new career-focused Personal Learning Plans, now required for all MN secondary students. Presenters from the Minnesota Department of Education introduce viewers to the eight required areas of a plan and provide information on how to coordinate these plans with the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and transition planning goals of special education students.

  • Topics: Transition Planning, Career Development, Preparing for Employment, Webinar
  • Duration: 53 min
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June 2015 189 Transition Planning, Career Development, Preparing for Employment, Webinar

How to Make SSI Work for You: Simply Said

This youth- and family-friendly video focuses on how to find help available to youth and young adults with disabilities after they leave high school. Several federal government programs including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives, and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provide benefits or support to eligible youth as they work toward their postsecondary and employment goals. Youth and families can use the information they learn to plan ahead and apply for the benefits and supports they need after high school.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Community Supports, Independent Living, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives
  • Duration: 4 min
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June 2015 593 Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Community Supports, Independent Living, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives Simply Said

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
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April 2015 435 Learning Disability, Family Support, Latino Parents, ADD/ADHD, High Expectations, Finding Strengths Voices of Experience

Meet Dao Xiong

Meet Dao Xiong, a parent advocate at PACER and father of an adult daughter with intellectual disabilities. In this series of videos, Dao speaks about maintaining high expectations for his daughter, how his culture has impacted those expectations, and offers advice to other Asian-American families with youth with disabilities.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Impact of Disability on Family, High Expectations
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Meet Dao Xiong
April 2015 330 Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Impact of Disability on Family, High Expectations 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 176 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
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April 2015 164 Asian-American Parents, Intellectual Disability, Community Supports, Family Support, Preparing for Employment Voices of Experience

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 358 Somali Parents, Community Supports, Perseverance 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 231 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 177 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
View - Knowing Your Options: College, Independence, and Beyond
April 2015 564 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 293 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 226 Webinar, Special Education, Assistive Technology, Transition Planning, Accommodations, Career Development, STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math

Cory Smith

With the help of an adult service agency, Cory Smith found a job he loves at Brother's Custom Cabinets.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations
  • Duration: 2 min
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March 2015 1233 Adult Services, Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations

Ben Carter: Carter's Courier Service

Follow Ben Carter in his job working as a courier for Lane County Health and Human Services. He and his family worked with an adult service agency to create a customized employment opportunity working in the community.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations
  • Duration: 2 min
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March 2015 1473 Adult Services, Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations

Jonathan Mooney on Lessons Learned

Jonathan Mooney discusses the lessons he learned from his disability.

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March 2015 451 Learning Disability, Self-Advocacy, Accommodations 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 213 Perseverance, Vision Disability Voices of Experience

Rachel Magario on Postsecondary Education

Rachel Magario discusses success in postsecondary education.

  • Part of the Voices of Experience Series
  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Employment, Self-Advocacy, High Expectations
  • Duration: 3 min
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March 2015 248 Postsecondary Education, Employment, Self-Advocacy, High Expectations Voices of Experience

Rachel Magario on Assistive Technology

Rachel Magario shares how assistive technology has advanced her success.

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March 2015 201 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, 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 204 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.

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March 2015 291 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
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March 2015 545 Self-Awareness, ADD/ADHD, Family Support, Postsecondary Education, Finding Strengths 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 706 Employment, Postsecondary Education, High Expectations, Perseverance Voices of Experience

Meet Jonathan Mooney

Meet Jonathan Mooney, prolific author, sought-after national speaker, and a young man with significant learning disabilities.

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March 2015 448 Learning Disability, Supportive Adults, Celebrating Differences 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 234 Family Support, Finding Strengths, Connecting Youth Voices of Experience

Sports are for Everyone: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

This video features a high school athlete and notes the importance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in regards to inclusion in school athletics.

  • Part of the Sports are for Everyone Series
  • Topics: Transition, Accommodations, Recreation and Sports, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, PSA
  • Duration: 1 min
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March 2015 505 Transition, Accommodations, Recreation and Sports, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, PSA Sports are for Everyone

Sports are for Everyone: Wheelchair Basketball

This video features several high school athletes who play wheelchair basketball and notes the importance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in regards to school sports and physical education.

  • Part of the Sports are for Everyone Series
  • Topics: Recreation and Sports, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, PSA
  • Duration: 1 min
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March 2015 320 Recreation and Sports, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, PSA Sports are for Everyone

Sports are for Everyone: Swimming

This video features a high school swimmer and notes the importance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in regards to inclusion in school athletics.

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March 2015 392 Recreation and Sports, Disability Rights, Section 504, PSA Sports are for Everyone

Sports are for Everyone: Effective Communication in Sports

This video features a high school athlete who is deaf and notes the importance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and effective communication in regards to inclusion in school athletics.

  • Part of the Sports are for Everyone Series
  • Topics: Recreation and Sports, Deafness, Inclusion, Accommodations, Disability Rights, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), PSA
  • Duration: 1 min
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March 2015 256 Recreation and Sports, Deafness, Inclusion, Accommodations, Disability Rights, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), PSA Sports are for Everyone

Sports are for Everyone: Inclusion in After School Sports

Studies have shown that meaningfulness of “being asked to play” is associated with feelings of inclusion for children with disability. Friends appeared to be a significant, if not the most significant feature of feeling a sense of acceptance, belonging and value for children with disability in physical activities. Kids with disability should not be left on the sidelines! Know your rights...Sports are for Everyone!

  • Part of the Sports are for Everyone Series
  • Topics: Recreation and Sports, Inclusion, Disability Rights, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), PSA
  • Duration: 1 min
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March 2015 303 Recreation and Sports, Inclusion, Disability Rights, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), PSA Sports are for Everyone

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
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March 2015 403 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 243 Family Support, Supportive Adults, Perseverance, High Expectations Voices of Experience

What Can CareerOneStop Do For You

CareerOneStop.org is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. This video outlines how the site can help users explore careers, search for a job and find local training and other help.

  • Topics: American Job Centers (Workforce Centers), Career Development, Employment, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning
  • Duration: 2 min
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February 2015 347 American Job Centers (Workforce Centers), Career Development, Employment, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning

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

Supported Employment

This video highlights supported employment employees who found work positions created at a veterinary clinic with assistance from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

  • Topics: Employment, Adult Services, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Duration: 4 min
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February 2015 745 Employment, Adult Services, Vocational Rehabilitation

Understanding Your Health Insurance Costs

Baffled by premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums? Here is an overview of health insurance that will help clear things up and give you a better sense of how your money is spent.

  • Topics: Health
  • Duration: 5 min
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December 2014 69563 Health

Customized Employment

This video features Sean and his customized employment experience at Barnes and Noble. It showcases how a customized employment experience can be beneficial to both the business and to the individual with a disability.

  • Topics: Employment, Finding Strengths
  • Duration: 4 min
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December 2014 1448 Employment, Finding Strengths

The Importance of Knowing Your Disability

This video asserts that kids have the right to know if they have a disability and parents/teachers should figure out "how" to tell them, not "if" they should tell them.

  • Topics: Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 2 min
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November 2014 2767 Self-Awareness

Health Insurance Explained

This cartoon explains health insurance using fun, easy-to-understand scenarios. It breaks down important insurance concepts, such as premiums, deductibles and provider networks. The video explains various the basics of various health care coverage options, including Medicaid.

  • Topics: Health
  • Duration: 5 min
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November 2014 203972 Health

Meet Joseph

Meet Joe, an 11th grade student who uses Read2Go and Learning Ally to access school and recreational books.

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November 2014 978 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Learning Disability, Self-Awareness Assistive Technology in Action

Greg Smith is the Strength Coach

Greg Smith, known as the Strength Coach, is a radio host, author and motivational speaker. He talks about his life and how it put him in a unique position to teach inner strength to others.

  • Topics: Inspiration, Disability Self-Awareness, Transportation
  • Duration: 1 min
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October 2014 201 Inspiration, Disability Self-Awareness, Transportation

Quién Somos

El nuevo PSA "Quién Soy" destaca a nueve personas reales con discapacidad. En lugar de ser distinguidos por la discapacidad, estos individuos son la suma de sus muchas funciones en la vida - que incluye trabajando en puestos que les encantan. (Spanish language version of "Who I Am" PSA.)

  • Topics: Spanish Language
  • Duration: 1 min
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October 2014 295 Spanish Language

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 884 Employment, PSA, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, For Employers

Larry Clay’s Success Story

This video highlights the successful transition to employment of Larry Clay, a young man with autism. With the support of his family, school, state vocational rehabilitation plan, and Social Security's Ticket to Work program, Larry has left his SSI cash benefits behind, is working full-time, and feels great about himself and his job.

  • Topics: Autism, Employment, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives
  • Duration: 8 min
View - Larry Clay’s Success Story
October 2014 5565 Autism, Employment, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives

Housing: Starting the Journey

Will you be ready when the time comes for your son or daughter to move to a place of their own? Most parents aren’t sure how to begin planning for this transition, but this video will help you get started. Viewers will receive an overview of the housing and services options that are available and the person-centered planning concepts to help your son or daughter develop their vision for independent living, housing, and services.

  • Topics: Housing, Person-Centered Planning, Independent Living
  • Duration: 5 min
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September 2014 1722 Housing, Person-Centered Planning, Independent Living

Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 2, Building a Future

In February 2013, after two successful years on the job at a biomedical research firm, Megan Riggs was once again out of work when her department closed. Her disability persisted, but the positive byproducts of the Ticket program stayed with her. With support from the Ticket to Work program, Megan had a smooth transition back to receiving SSDI benefits and went on to start her own business providing specialty fitness classes to senior citizens.

  • Topics: Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives
  • Duration: 6 min
View - Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 2, Building a Future
July 2014 1614 Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives

Words to Know – from Coverage to Care

This video goes over key terminology youth need to learn to manage their health insurance coverage as adults.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Health, Independent Living
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2014 9318 Adult Services, Health, Independent Living

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 7532 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Transitioning to College with a Disability

The five minute closed captioned video features two students with learning disabilities It explains how accommodations can be different in college compared to what students have in high school. It describes how one discloses a disability at the college level including the importance of knowing what the disability is, how it impacts the student, and what accommodations have worked well in the past.

  • Topics: Learning Disability, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 5 min
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May 2014 4835 Learning Disability, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Self-Advocacy

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
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March 2014 555 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

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
View - Matthew Success Story
March 2014 456 Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination, Intellectual Disability

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
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March 2014 483 Employment, Family Support, High Expectations, Intellectual Disability, Transition, Vocational Rehabilitation

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 1018 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
View - Dr. Knotright: the wrong way to discuss transition
March 2014 602 Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

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 1723 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Learning Disability, Special Education Assistive Technology in Action

Meet Jean

Meet Jean, a student who uses an iPad to do school work and access modified curriculum. She also uses hearing aid Boots which allow her to listen to audio directly from her iPad.

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February 2014 1126 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Disability Assistive Technology in Action

Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services

It won't be long until you are out of high school and on to post-secondary education or work. The time to prepare for that big step forward is now. In this short Simply Said video, you’ll learn how your local Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) counselor can help you be successful at school, at work, and in the community. All you need to do is ask!

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Supports, Postsecondary Education
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services
February 2014 3316 Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Supports, Postsecondary Education Simply Said

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 1908 Transportation, Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Self-Determination, High Expectations, Inspiration Assistive Technology in Action

Capital Crawl

Historic footage of the 1990 “Capital Crawl,” a demonstration by disability activitists in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is intermixed with contemporary comments by advocates and former Senator Tom Harkin.

  • Topics: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Inspiration, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Capital Crawl
December 2013 60449 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Inspiration, Self-Advocacy

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
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December 2013 1987 Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations

Becoming an Adult: Legal and Financial Planning

There are many changes that occur as a child with a disability or with special health care needs becomes a legal adult and families need to know their options. This video addresses Health Care Power of Attorney, Health surrogacy laws and legal guardianship. Additionally, information about estate and long-term planning is explained, so young adults with special health care needs and their families can make sure they know how to access the benefits they are eligible for in adulthood. Special needs trusts and letters of intent are discussed.

  • Topics: Guardianship, Financial Planning, Person-Centered Planning, Special Needs Trust
  • Duration: 11 min
View - Becoming an Adult: Legal and Financial Planning
December 2013 2626 Guardianship, Financial Planning, Person-Centered Planning, Special Needs Trust

Becoming an Adult: Taking Responsibility for Your Medical Care

Moving out of the pediatric health care world is a major milestone in every young adult's life. This video shows and describes ways for young people to be more involved in their health care, what skills they will need to be successful and how being a patient in the adult health care world will be different from their pediatric experience.

  • Topics: Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living
  • Duration: 7 min
View - Becoming an Adult: Taking Responsibility for Your Medical Care
December 2013 3635 Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living

Ready for the Real World? These Kids Are!

Elementary, middle and high school students talk about the difference that understanding economics and personal finance principles can make in their lives.

  • Topics: Financial Planning
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Ready for the Real World? These Kids Are!
November 2013 1222 Financial Planning

Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work

This video provides an easy-to-understand overview of the Ticket to Work video program. If you’re receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and working, or thinking about working, this program may be a good resource for you. Watch Ben’s journey and learn more about how Social Security’s Ticket to Work can help SSI recipients achieve greater financial independence by providing access to free employment support services.

  • Topics: Work Incentives, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Employment
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work
November 2013 24780 Work Incentives, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Employment

Get the Job . . . Keep the Job!

This open-captioned video is by youth with disabilities and for youth with -- and without -- disabilities. It is an overview of the right and wrong ways to apply for a job and give an interview; as well as how to request reasonable accommodations, and how to keep your job.

  • Topics: Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Youth Produced
  • Duration: 25 min
View - Get the Job . . . Keep the Job!
September 2013 51927 Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Youth Produced

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 172 Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations, Health

“Lead On” - Americans with Disabilities Act 23 years later

In this 2013 video, American Association of People with Disabilities interns share their experiences of the ADA, as persons with a disability.

  • Topics: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Inspiration, Self-Advocacy, Youth Produced
  • Duration: 4 min
View - “Lead On” - Americans with Disabilities Act 23 years later
July 2013 8794 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Inspiration, Self-Advocacy, Youth Produced

The Journey to Adulthood

A Parent Consultant from the Utah Parent Center discusses adolescent social and physical transitions such as puberty, self-care, social skills, and vulnerability.

  • Topics: Transition, Social Skills, Independent Living
  • Duration: 38 min
View - The Journey to Adulthood
July 2013 362 Transition, Social Skills, Independent Living

Accessible Dorm Room

Colleges provide accessible dorm rooms for students with disabilties. Here is a quick tour!

  • Topics: Physical Accessibility, Postsecondary Education
  • Duration: 1 min
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June 2013 247 Physical Accessibility, Postsecondary Education

Decisions Decisions Decisions

Casey and Reece talk about making choices and decisions and how young people with intellectual disabilities benefit from decision-making skills.

  • Topics: Intellectual Disability, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Decisions Decisions Decisions
May 2013 77975 Intellectual Disability, Self-Advocacy

Meet Jared

Meet Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is able to control his entire computer and run his graphic arts business through a sip and puff switch.

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May 2013 4329 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Independent living 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
View - Inclusive Post Secondary Education - GAELS RICE at Iona College
March 2013 1134 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
View - I Am Thinking College (Even with My Disability)
February 2013 7793 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
View - I Can Soar: Aaron
January 2013 1355 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
View - I Can Soar: Sean
January 2013 2280 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
View - I Can Soar: Stacey
January 2013 1452 Assistive Technology, Hearing Disability, Accommodations, Self-Determination

Because PSA (Spanish)

Spanish language version of the “Because” PSA produced by the U. S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) The “Because” PSA aims to promote high expectations of youth with disabilities, their parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors, as well as future employers about what persons with disabilities can achieve in their careers.

  • Topics: Spanish Language
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Because PSA (Spanish)
January 2013 453 Spanish Language

Because — PSA

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort convened by the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace. The "Because" PSA reflects ODEP's priorities to increase expectations of youth with disabilities, their parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors, as well as future employers about what persons with disabilities can achieve in their careers.

  • Topics: Employment, Inspiration, PSA
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Because — PSA
January 2013 24198 Employment, Inspiration, PSA

Chuck Close on following the grid

Artist Chuck Close discusses how he has overcome his learning disability by using grids to create large-scale portraits preventing him from becoming overwhelmed by the whole.

  • Topics: Learning Disability
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Chuck Close on following the grid
December 2012 120271 Learning Disability

Talking With Your Doctor and Other Health Care Providers

This video teaches teens how communicate effectively with health care providers so that they answer teens' questions and give the information and supports teens need to be more in charge of their own health. Teens will also learn how prepare and give health care providers the information they need to give teens the best possible medical care.

  • Topics: Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living
  • Duration: 18 min
View - Talking With Your Doctor and Other Health Care Providers
November 2012 504 Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living

Disability Resources: A Student Perspective

College students with disabilities share their experiences and highlight the importance of self-awareness and self-advocacy.

  • Topics: Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Self-Awareness, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 6 min
View - Disability Resources: A Student Perspective
October 2012 1616 Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Self-Awareness, Self-Advocacy

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
View - Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
October 2012 8437 Assistive Technology, Special Education, Vision Disability, Learning Disability Simply Said

Skills to Pay the Bills: Communication

This video is one of five from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills series. Information is targeted to youth, ages 14 to 21, in both in-school and out-of-school environments. This video focuses on communication skills — skills on the top of the “must have” list for every employer. “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

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October 2012 38005 Employment, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Career Development Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills: Networking

This video is one of five from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills series. Information is targeted to youth, ages 14 to 21, in both in-school and out-of-school environments. This video focuses on using networking skills to find job opportunities. “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

View - Skills to Pay the Bills: Networking
October 2012 9961 Employment, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Career Development Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

This video is one of five from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills series. Information is targeted to youth, ages 14 to 21, in both in-school and out-of-school environments. This video focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving. “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

View - Skills to Pay the Bills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
October 2012 31395 Employment, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Career Development Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills: Synopsis

This video is one of five from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills series. Information is targeted to youth, ages 14 to 21, in both in-school and out-of-school environments. This video presents tips from all videos in the series. “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

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October 2012 19188 Employment, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Career Development Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills: Professionalism

This video is one of five from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills series. Information is targeted to youth, ages 14 to 21, in both in-school and out-of-school environments. This video focuses on professionalism — coming to work on time, dressing appropriately and taking initiative. “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

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October 2012 32327 Employment, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Career Development Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills: Teamwork

This video is one of five from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills series. Information is targeted to youth, ages 14 to 21, in both in-school and out-of-school environments. This video focuses on the ability to work with others. “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

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October 2012 18765 Employment, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Career Development Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills: Enthusiasm and Attitude

This video is one of five from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills series. Information is targeted to youth, ages 14 to 21, in both in-school and out-of-school environments. This video focuses on enthusiasm and attitude. “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

View - Skills to Pay the Bills: Enthusiasm and Attitude
October 2012 35662 Employment, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Career Development Skills to Pay the Bills

Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?

Transitioning to adulthood takes planning for youth with disabilities. Young adults interviewed in Tennessee and Kentucky share a little about where they are in the transition process and steps they’re taking to make their dreams come true.

  • Topics: Career Development, Transition Planning, Preparing for Employment, Self-Awareness
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?
October 2012 2196 Career Development, Transition Planning, Preparing for Employment, Self-Awareness

Bringing Medications to Your Medical Appointment

This video demonstrates how you can actively participate in the proper management of your health care by bringing all of your medications to every medical appointment.

  • Topics: Health, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Bringing Medications to Your Medical Appointment
October 2012 70 Health, Self-Advocacy

Changing Roles of Families

In this video, four parents discuss the growth they saw in their youth with intellectual disabilities, and in themselves, when their kids went off to college.

  • Topics: Intellectual Disability, Postsecondary Education
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Changing Roles of Families
September 2012 367 Intellectual Disability, Postsecondary Education

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services

Youth with disabilities discuss how they use personal assistance services (PAS) and what’s involved in finding and managing their own services. This video is a companion to the publication, Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services
September 2012 3753 Health, Independent Living, 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
View - 411 Disability Disclosure
September 2012 3750 Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Federal Student Aid: Types of Federal Student Aid

If you need help paying for college or career school, the office of Federal Student Aid can assist you with getting the money you need. Check out this video to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education. Visit http://StudentAid.gov to learn more.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Financial Aid
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Federal Student Aid: Types of Federal Student Aid
August 2012 389730 Postsecondary Education, Financial Aid

Meet Sam

Meet Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman.

  • Part of the Assistive Technology in Action Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living, Inspiration
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Meet Sam
August 2012 14256 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living, Inspiration Assistive Technology in Action

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 13773 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Special Education, Connecting Youth, Independent Living Assistive Technology in Action

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 134 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 444588 Disability Self-Awareness, Family Support, Health, HIV, Self-Advocacy

Autism Stories: Adults on the Spectrum

Mike works every Thursday as the DJ at a radio station in New York. Mike talks about how working at the radio station makes him feel important and it gives him a sense of purpose.

  • Topics: Autism, Employment, Accommodations
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Autism Stories: Adults on the Spectrum
July 2012 55603 Autism, Employment, Accommodations

In Their Own Words

Young adults share their unique experiences of dropping out of high school and later reconnecting to career and education supports. They tell about themselves, share their aspirations and dreams, and describe what supports were most useful in getting them back on track.

  • Topics: Connecting Youth, High Expectations, Supportive Adults
  • Duration: 12 min
View - In Their Own Words
June 2012 114 Connecting Youth, High Expectations, Supportive Adults

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 363 Employment, Entrepreneur, Self-Determination, Family Support, Career Development

College Costs - Net Price Calculator

Learn how to use a Net Price Calculator - each college has one. Net price calculators allow you to find out what similar students paid to attend a that college in the previous year - after taking grants and scholarships but before student loans into account.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education
  • Duration: 2 min
View - College Costs - Net Price Calculator
January 2012 6609 Postsecondary Education

Self Determination with Meghan

Meghan talks about finding her own place to live, and how she used self-determination to assist in her search for housing.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Housing
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Self Determination with Meghan
January 2012 360 Self-Determination, Housing

Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 1, Finding the Right Tools

This video tells the story of the successful return to work of Megan Riggs, a young woman with a mental health disability. When Megan was unable to work in 2008, she began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI allowed her to focus on getting the treatment she needed. When she was feeling better, wanted to go back to work, and received the help she needed from the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Wowrk program.

  • Topics: Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives
  • Duration: 6 min
View - Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 1, Finding the Right Tools
October 2011 14526 Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives

How does student health insurance work?

This video describes health insurance options for college students who are not covered on their family's policy through age 26.

  • Topics: Health
  • Duration: 5 min
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August 2011 8358 Health

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
View - Schedule a Medical Appointment
June 2011 298 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Self Determination with Cole

Cole is a self-advocate who has a great definition and experience of self-determination. He talks about getting a job, being a home owner, and caring for his dog--all examples of living a self-determined life.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living
  • Duration: 6 min
View - Self Determination with Cole
March 2011 1048 Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living

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
View - I Want to Go to College
March 2011 754 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

College & Disability Services: Student Feud

High School student parody on the classic game show Family Feud. Students team up against one another in this 3 question show-down.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Youth Produced
  • Duration: 9 min
View - College & Disability Services: Student Feud
January 2011 2795 Postsecondary Education, Youth Produced

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Jack’s Jobs

This video produced by Minnesota high school students mixes an informational interview on vocational rehabilitation with comic relief provided by the high school’s mascot, the Lumber Jack. Several students showcase how Vocational Rehabilitation Services helped them with college and careers after high school.

  • Topics: Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Jack’s Jobs
December 2010 2628 Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment

Workforce Centers: The Work Force Is With You!

High school students interview and explore the services available to them at their local Workforce Center.

  • Topics: American Job Centers (Workforce Centers), Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment
  • Duration: 7 min
View - Workforce Centers: The Work Force Is With You!
December 2010 945 American Job Centers (Workforce Centers), Youth Produced, Employment, Preparing for Employment

Independent Living: Jeeve Whirlwind’s Tips

High School student comedy on how to choose and live with roommates after graduating from high school.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Youth Produced, Housing
  • Duration: 7 min
View - Independent Living: Jeeve Whirlwind’s Tips
December 2010 845 Independent Living, Youth Produced, Housing

Healthy Hobbies: Skills for Life

Several high school students speak about their disabilities and how their hobbies translate into skills for future employment, community involvement, and self-confidence.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Youth Produced, Health, Recreation and Sports
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Healthy Hobbies: Skills for Life
December 2010 1702 Independent Living, Youth Produced, Health, Recreation and Sports

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
View - Self-Advocacy: Find the Captain in You!
December 2010 6278 Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Youth Produced, Finding Strengths

¿USTED qué puede hacer? La Campaña de Empleo para Personas Discapacitadas

En el trabajo, lo que importa es lo que la gente puede hacer. La Campaña de Empleo para Personas Discapacitadas es una labor de colaboracin para fomentar el empleo de personas con discapacidad a travs de incitar a los empresarios y a otros a reconocer el valor y talento que estas personas aportan al lugar de trabajo. (Spanish language version of "I Can" PSA.)

  • Topics: Spanish Language
  • Duration: 1 min
View - ¿USTED qué puede hacer? La Campaña de Empleo para Personas Discapacitadas
December 2010 764 Spanish Language

Understanding Assistive Technology

The Minnesota STAR Program and PACER Center present the definition of Assistive Technology in easy-to-understand language. This video explains what Assistive Technology is where you can go the find out more.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Community Supports
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Understanding Assistive Technology
November 2010 32640 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Community Supports Simply Said

Understanding Assistive Technology Loan Libraries

The Minnesota STAR Program and PACER Center present an easy-to-understand video explaining what Assistive Technology Loan libraries are and where to find them. You'll be taken step by step through the process of borrowing an item and learn where you can find your closest library to you.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Community Supports
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Understanding Assistive Technology Loan Libraries
November 2010 4958 Assistive Technology, Community Supports Simply Said

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
View - Think College Teaser
November 2010 5339 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination

Tools and Technologies in Agriculture

This video introduces Lesson 1 of a 3-part curriculum on assistive technology awareness/ education series for rural youth. A father and daughter duo introduce the concept of assistive technology as just another kind of tool and provide examples of assistive technology used in an agricultural setting. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Tools and Technologies in Agriculture
July 2010 419 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Principles of Assistive Technology

This video is Lesson 2 of a 3-part assistive technology awareness/education series for rural youth. A father and daughter duo identify basic categories of assistive technology and give examples of products in each category. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2010 234 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Disability Awareness

This video introduces Lesson 3 of a 3-part curriculum on assistive technology awareness/education series for rural youth. A father duaghter duo provide a definition of disabilty, kinds of disabilities, and identify societal attitudes about disabilities that may create barriers for people with disabilites. Ways that youth can help promote an inclusive community are also noted. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2010 245 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Se una Super-Estrella - Toma la Encuesta - Estudiante

Este video invita a estudiantes de preparatoria (High School) que han recibido servicios de educación especial a responder a una encuesta nacional acerca de lo que están haciendo un año después de que dejaron la escuela. ¿Están trabajando? ¿Continuaron su educación? ¿Están haciendo alguna otra cosa?

  • Topics: Spanish Language
  • Duration: 3 min
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May 2010 515 Spanish Language

Be a Superstar — Take the Survey

This video invites high school students who received special education services to answer a national survey about what they are doing one year after leaving school. Are they working? Continuing their education? Doing something else? Conducted in every state, the survey will help educators improve special education services for students still in school.

  • Topics: Post-School Outcomes
  • Duration: 3 min
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May 2010 1587 Post-School Outcomes

Scholar Profile: Alexandra

Alexandra, a college senior who has a visual impairment, discusses her work as a science major, her career goals, accommodations she uses, and her experiences with the DO-IT Scholars program.

  • Topics: Vision Disability, Accommodations, Assistive Technology
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Scholar Profile: Alexandra
October 2009 419 Vision Disability, Accommodations, Assistive Technology

Scholar Profile: Mack

Mack, a high school senior with cerebral palsy, talks about the importance of a positive outlook on life, how accommodations such as speech recognition software have helped him complete assignments for school, and his career plans.

  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Scholar Profile: Mack
October 2009 307 Accommodations, Assistive Technology

Scholar Profile: Nathan

Nathan, a college freshman with a disability, discusses his hobbies, career goals, academic studies, and technology that assists with math and reading.

  • Topics: Learning Disability, Assistive Technology, Accommodations
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Scholar Profile: Nathan
October 2009 391 Learning Disability, Assistive Technology, Accommodations

I Can — PSA

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

  • Topics: Employment, For Employers, Finding Strengths, PSA
  • Duration: 1 min
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September 2009 73152 Employment, For Employers, Finding Strengths, PSA

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 369 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 313 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 221 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination